As you may already know, a device’s Internet Protocol (IP) address — whether dynamic or static — is its assigned 32-bit numerical label that can identify its host or network interface and location. You may want to change your IP address or switch it from dynamic to static; we’ll discuss these later.
For now, let’s get into what you really came here for. You’ll be happy to know that, with this straightforward guide, changing your IP address on an Android should be a cinch. You have two options to go about it:
I’ll walk you through each one…
I provide two options for doing so: using a reliable VPN or changing network and internet settings.
I walk you through each option and provide step-by-step instructions for changing your IP address using a VPN and for changing your device’s network and internet settings.
I also discuss the benefits of using a VPN to change your IP address and the reasons why someone might want to change their IP address.
A VPN can protect your internet traffic and your privacy. You can change your IP address to another one to conceal your IP. This is the most secure way to be anonymous on the internet.
1. First, you’ll need to sign up for a reliable and good VPN, such as ExpressVPN, NordVPN, SurfShark, or PureVPN.
2. Visit the Google Play Store and download the relevant apps for your Android mobile.
3. Install the app, open it, and enter your login credentials.
4. To connect, select the location or server of your choice. Sometimes called the “Smart Location”, whatever is recommended is generally best.
Your IP address will change, and no one will know your device’s IP. This is the best-proven way to stay anonymous online.
These settings apply to any device with the Android operating system installed, be it Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi, Google, or others. Making changes to the settings is easy.
Before you change your IP address, several things must be done. One is choosing an available static IP address on your local network. This could be done with any computer connected to the local network.
If you have a Windows machine, do the following:
The default gateway is another IP address that the traffic you send from your device gets to when its final destination is outside the current local network.
This is the local network’s router’s private IP address. So, all the devices connected to this network send traffic to this IP address by default.
This address is the device you’re currently active on or from which you enter the above commands.
DNS stands for Domain Name System. Many services operated on the internet or your local area networks, such as Mail servers and web servers, use DNS and are very important. ISPs use DNS server caching to minimize the traffic and avoid bottlenecks.
This is how to use the ping command:
You’ve probably decided what IP address to choose as your static IP address. Now let’s get on with the actual switching.
Remember the three critical addresses we discussed? You’ll have to fill out all those details when manually configuring. Here’s where you can use them.
That’s it. All done!
Once completed all these steps, your device will reconnect to the home network with the new IP address.
As I mentioned, people want to change their IP address for numerous reasons. If you’ve read this far into the article, I bet one or more of the following reasons apply to you:
Fortunately, nothing should hold you back from doing any of that because now you know how to change your IP address and get a static IP instead of a dynamic IP. And as you’ve seen, this is easy to set up.
Please put your comments and suggestions in the comment section, and ask away if you have any questions!
October 28, 2022 3:02 pm
It seems that for everbody using an android phone is connected to a wifi spot. Nowhere is showed how to change IP address when you’re using mobile data.
October 26, 2022 3:13 pm
it was a good tutorial, especially the android part.
October 5, 2020 9:49 am
Surfshark works nicely on my Android phone, haven’t had any issues with connectivity. They also have pretty dope features in addition to the VPN service itself.