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How to Change IP Address in Windows Operating System

Need to manually assign or change the IP address in a Windows 10 system. Here’s how you can do it in simple steps.

When you first plug-in a network device and connect to a network in Windows, it automatically tries to get the IP address and other details required to make a proper network connection. For example, when you connect to a Wi-Fi network Windows automatically gets the IP address details from the Wi-Fi router and lets you connect to the internet. This is made possible by the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) tech built into the router.

However, under certain circumstances, you might have to manually enter the IP address or change the IP address. For instance, if the router has no DHCP functionality or if you want a specific IP address from the network device, you have to manually change the IP address. In addition to that, if you are directly plugging in your ISPs internet ethernet cable into Windows then you have to manually enter all the IP address details.

No matter what the reason is, you can easily change the IP address in Windows from the Settings app. In this quick and short guide, let me show the steps to change the IP address in Windows.

Important note: before proceeding make sure you are connected to the network in your preferred way. i.e, wired or wireless.

Change IP Address in Windows 10 Settings

The network & internet configuration page in the Settings app allow you to change the IP address in Windows 10. Here’s how you can do it.

  1. Open settings.
  2. Go to “Network & Internet → Status.”
  3. Click on “Change adapter options.”
  4. Right-click on the adapter and select “Properties”.
  5. Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).”
  6. Click on the “Properties” button.
  7. Select “Use the following IP address.”
  8. Type the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway details.
  9. Select the “Obtain DNS server address automatically” option.
  10. Click “Ok” and “Ok” in both windows.

1. Open the Settings app. On a Windows 10 computer, you can do that by pressing the “Win + I” shortcut or searching for “Settings” in the Start menu.

2. Go to the “Network & Internet → Status” page in the Settings app.

network status

3. On the right panel, click on the “Change adapter options” button under the “Advanced network settings” section. This action will open the adapter settings page in the Control Panel.

change adapter options

4. Right-click on the network adapter for which you want to change the IP address and select the “Properties” option.

adapter properties

5. Select the “Networking” tab in this window. Next, select the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click on the “Properties” button.

open ipv4 properties

6. Select the “Use the following IP address” option. Type the IP address, default gateway, and subnet mask details in the appropriate fields. Generally, you will get these details from your ISP or the router.

change IP address in windows

7. (Optional) If you want to use the DNS provided by your ISP/router, select the “Obtain DNS server address automatically.” If you want to use a custom DNS address, select the “Use the following DNS server address” option and type the DNS IP addresses.

8. Once you’ve done that, click on the “Ok” button and then “Ok” button on the main window.

That is it. It is that simple to change the IP address in Windows. Do keep in mind that these changes are only applicable to this specific adapter. If you have multiple adapters with multiple connections, like an ethernet plug and Wi-Fi, you have to change the IP details for those adapters individually. You can follow the same steps to do so.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out How to change network from public to private in Windows 10.

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