The free IP address lookup tool determines the geographical location of any IP address. You can search up IP addresses to find details about the addresses. The search results provide quite a bit of information about the IP locations, including:
- the city
- the state/region
- the postal/zip code
- the country name
- the Internet service provider (ISP)
- the time zone
The data, provided by IP2Location and IPData, can be used by various agencies or users to find the owner of an IPv4 or IPv6 address.
IP address location results
In a search for an IP address location, the results are sometimes a hit or miss. No IP geolocation database is 100% accurate. The results from an IP address search are a collection of data from several IP location databases, and each database reports differently. These variances in data lead to locational information that sometimes isn’t accurate. Your IP address location is what shows up on the IP lookup tool, but it may not be your true location. Additionally, the following factors all affect geolocation data:
- the location of the IP address registration
- where the controlling agency (ISP) is located
- if the user has a proxy connection
- if the user has a VPN connection
- whether the connection is cellular
- if the user connects to an anonymous browser, like TOR
For example, if you are in the US and the controlling agency of the IP is located in Canada, the IP address location lookup data may show Canada as the IP location. It is not uncommon to see a Canadian IP while searching an IP address in the northern US while on a mobile device. Similarly, your IP location may appear as a state you’re not in if that’s where your ISP is located.
Though location information you collect might not be completely accurate, combining the data you collect from the location finder can help you narrow down the location to the correct city. From there, you can try using other online tools to find the owner of the IP address. However, note that you can't find someone's exact location by IP address. You can use an IP to map out the city, state, or country an IP address comes from, but you won't be able to track someone down from their IP alone.
How do I look up IP addresses?
If you know the address you want to search in the IP address checker tool, enter it above. The IP lookup tool will fulfill the address query and return the results as detailed above. You can also use an IP location app to look up an IP address or check IP address locations for a mobile device IP address lookup.
Note that when you search IP addresses through the tool above, or use any other tools found when you Google 'IP address locator,' the result you get is your public IP address. This is different than your private IP address, which you find through your computer. Read about how to check an IP address in Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows 11, or on an iPad to learn how to find your device's private IP.
If you want know how to find your IP address, visit the WhatIsMyIP.com home page to see your IP address as it is listed. This is your public IP; it will also tell you what your IP location is and who your ISP is. Once you have an IP address, you can also do a reverse IP address lookup. A reverse IP lookup queries the IP addresses to return hostnames. With a typical IP lookup, you'd find the IP address of a website or domain; with a reverse IP lookup, you'd find the domain of an IP. To find the owner of an IP address, use the IP WHOIS lookup tool.
Updating your IP location
If you find that your IP geolocation information is incorrect, you can always reach out to any of our IP location data providers and update your IP address location. Search your IP address in the lookup tool and contact the third-party providers listed in the results.
Allow time for the updates to be made and try using the lookup tool to check your IP address location again to confirm that the information is now correct. You can also confirm updates listed on third-party providers’ websites.
Reporting IP abuse
If you’re looking up an IP address because you’ve become a victim of IP abuse, it’s important to report the abuse rather than attempting to handle it yourself. Many times, the owner of the IP address isn’t aware that their computer is being used as a host in an attack; don’t assume that the owner of the IP address is the person behind the abuse.
Perform an IP WHOIS Lookup to get further IP address details, including abuse contact information for IP address owners. You can block the offending IP address, then file a complaint with the authorities or your Internet service provider and allow them to handle the situation.