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How can I see what IP address my android phone has?


The easy way is to go to your WiFi Settings, and hit Menu > Advanced. It’ll show up there, or you can set it to a static IP if you want.

The cool way is to dial *#*#4636#*#* to open the Testing menu. Then click WiFi information, then WiFi Status.

ifconfig and ip Android 7

adb shell ifconfig
adb shell ip address show

ifconfig was an annoying implementation that did not show all versions by default on earlier versions as explained below, but now it works fine.

netcfg Android 5.1.1

This tool was removed in later Android, and ifconfig was made more decent and shows all interfaces by default, thus rendering this method useless on newer versions.

adb shell netcfg | grep wlan0

from your desktop is the best option if you’re already developing for Android and have adb and an USB connection setup.

Sample output:

wlan0 UP [...]

Confirm with:

adb shell ifconfig wlan0

ifconfig on Android (home-brewed?) is different from the one on desktops (net-tools package on Ubuntu 15.10) as it requires the interface to be given.

This is also mentioned at: Is there a command or application similar to ipconfig?

You could also install a terminal emulator like Teriminal Emulator from Jack Palevich, open it and type: netcfg. But in that case you’d be better off with some app that shows the IPs, since typing on devices is a pain (unless you’ve got an external keyboard…).

If all you want it so SSH into the device, adb shell is the way to go: https://stackoverflow.com/a/34040560/895245

If you are developing a server app, the most user-friendly thing to do would be to show the device’s IPs on some TextView, which has a pure-Java method: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/494465 | https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6064510/how-to-get-ip-address-of-the-device

Router browser management

If you are at home, you can:

  • connect your desktop to the router with an Ethernet cable
  • access some magic vendor dependent address, often
  • most vendors have a list of device IPs somewhere in there


If your device is running a server, e.g. SSHD on port 2222 as explained at: https://stackoverflow.com/a/34040560/895245, you can portscan it:

sudo nmap -sV --open -p2222

The easiest way is using a tool like e.g. OS Monitor, which shows you (amongst others) also a lot of network details:

OS Monitor
OS Monitor showing network interface details (source: Google Play; click image to enlarge)

As the screenshot shows, this app reveals for each network interface:

  • interface name¹
  • IPv4 IP address assigned (if, this interface is currently unused)
  • IPv6 address (if available)
  • MAC address
  • packet statistics (i.e. transfered data)
  • a status

¹ interface names might be handled differently on different devices. But in most cases you can tell from the IP where it belongs to. Furthermore, rmnet is mostly used for GPRS (mobile data), while WiFi uses names like tiwlan or eth.

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