How do I change my IP address?

Change IP address: Here's how

Changing your IP address can sometimes be useful, for example if you want to bypass blocking of Internet services. If they block your IP, simply create a new one and avoid the block.

Change IP address with router reconnect

To change your IP address, you can use the small and uncomplicated tool Router Reconnect, which does this step for you in seconds. Alternatively, you can also change your IP manually. Here's how that works on a Windows PC.

  1. Download the program and unzip the zip file.
  2. In the folder there is a readme file in which the functionality is briefly explained again, the license terms and an application file. You can simply double-click the latter.
  3. In the window that is now open, you can see the current activity of the program. It closes itself after a short time and your IP address has changed.

Manually configure the IP address in Windows Control Panel

  1. Open the control panel on your computer. Under "Network and Internet" go to "View network status and tasks". Select the sub-item "Change adapter settings" on the left.
  2. Right-click on the relevant network and select "Properties" at the bottom.
  3. Scroll down here and double-click on "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4)".
  4. Check the box for "Use the following IP address". Here you can now enter your desired IP and set it permanently.

Determine your own IP address

If you want to know what your current IP address is and, for example, want to check whether it has actually changed, we recommend the "myip.is" web tool.

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The above instructions refer to "Router Reconnect" Version 1.3 under Windows 8.