How to Change the IP Address on a Mac


Changing your IP address can be useful if you want to avoid being attacked by other users who are targeting your IP address, or if you simply want a new online identity from an IP standpoint. You can change your IP address on a Mac at any time through System Preferences.

Part 1
Changing the IP Address

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You'll see this in the top left corner of your screen. A menu will dropdown.

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You'll see this under "About This Mac."

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You'll see this in the third organized row next to "iCloud."

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For example, if you’re using a Wi-Fi connection, click on “Wi-Fi.”

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You'll find this at the bottom right corner of the window.

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You'll see this along the top of the window with tabs for DNS, WINS, 802.1X, Proxies, and Hardware.

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” Alternately, you can click on “Renew DHCP Lease” to have your computer automatically generate a new IP address for you.[1]

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” You can take your current IP address and change the last part of the number. For example, your current IP address is "10.0.1.8," so your new IP address can be something like "10.0.1.129."

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Your IP address will now be changed.

Part 2
Using a Proxy Server

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You'll see this in the top left corner of your screen. A menu will dropdown. Use this method if your current network isn't doing the trick, as a proxy server is another, but temporary, network you'll use to connect to the internet.

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You'll see this under "About This Mac."

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You'll see this in the third organized row next to "iCloud."

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For example, if you’re using a Wi-Fi connection, click on “Wi-Fi.”

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You'll find this at the bottom right corner of the window.

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You'll see this along the top of the window with tabs for DNS, WINS, 802.1X, Proxies, and Hardware.

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” Select “SOCKS Proxy” if you are unsure about which protocol to choose. The “SOCKS Proxy” protocol is often used to route network packets between clients and servers through a proxy and is effective at boosting general security and hiding the client address of applications. Web Proxy (HTTP) and Secure Web Proxy (HTTPS) are also commonly used but are less protected than a SOCKS Proxy.[2]

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If using a SOCKS proxy, navigate to the SOCKS proxy list at to select a type 4 or type 5 IP address.

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You will now be connected to the proxy server indicated.

Part 3
Unplugging Your Router/Modem

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Sometimes the router and modem are in the same unit so you can unplug them both from one plug. If the router and modem are separate, you can unplug either to reset your IP address. Wait a couple of seconds or minutes. Most residential connections have what is called a Dynamic IP Address. This means that your Internet Service Provider gives you a new IP address each time your router or modem connects to their network.[3]

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Wait for the router to reconnect to the internet.

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You can find this in the "Network" section of "System Preferences." If that didn't work, unplug your modem again and wait a few hours before plugging it back in.[4]