What's an IP address?
Every website and every device that’s connected to the Internet has a unique IP address, which is an identifying number that's used for communication. It's kinda like a home address -- it tells you where data is sent and received.
For example, if you visit Google.com on your computer, Google sees your modem’s unique IP address and sends information directly to your home. Your router then sends it to your computer’s IP address.
Google Server → Modem → Router → Computer
Without an IP address, your favorite websites wouldn't know where to send the information. You wouldn’t be able to surf the internet -- no social media, online news, or movie streaming.
What does an IP address look like?
It’s a sequence of numbers broken up by periods. This is what Google.com’s IP Address looks like:
- IPv4: 188.8.131.52
- IPv6: 2001:4860:4860::8888
How do I find my IP address?
You can search Google for “What’s my IP address,” and it’ll show your IP address. Here are some websites that also tell you your device’s IP address: