Have you ever wondered how you can change your IP address and location on Windows 11/10? It is legal to change IP address or location. There are many instances like IPs blocked by certain websites or geo-blocked websites or services where we need to change the IP address or location to access them. In this guide, we show you a few ways to do it.
Different ways to change your IP and Location on Windows 11/10
If you ever want to change your IP address or location for any reason, these are the following ways that can help you do it.
- Use a VPN or Proxy
- Use Tor
- Disconnect your modem
- Change ISP
- Ask ISP for a new IP address
Let’s get into the details of each method.
1] Use a VPN or Proxy
Whenever you use a VPN, it generally masks your real IP address with its IP address from the location you have selected. All the web activity seems to take place through that new IP address from the location you’ve selected. This is one way to change your IP and location easily with just a click when you use VPN software.
A proxy works just like a VPN, but it is more like a middleman. It connects the website you visit with the proxy instead of you. The main difference between a proxy and a VPN is that the data is not encrypted whereas VPN has various protocols to encrypt it. There are many proxy programs that can help you do it easily.
2] Use Tor
Tor is accessible only through the Tor browser which you have to download from Torproject.org. Whenever you use Tor, it sends the traffic and communication through numerous nodes around the world masking your IP and location. It is just like a VPN but without many options or features where only security takes the front seat. You need to give up on internet speeds when you use Tor.
3] Disconnect your modem
The internet you use has an IP address assigned by the internet service provider that you use through a modem or router. Disconnect your modem or router and wait for a few minutes to get a new IP address, if the previous IP is given to someone else. Also, there is no guarantee that you don’t get the same IP address again.
Read: How to block ISP tracking your traffic and data usage
4] Change ISP
IP addresses are assigned by internet service providers. Whenever you get an internet connection, you are assigned an IP. So, if you change your internet service provider, you will get a new IP address.
Read: How to set a Static IP Address in Windows 11/10
5] Ask ISP for a new IP address
As the internet service provider (ISP) is responsible for assigning IP addresses, you can ask your ISP for a new IP address. Most of them provide as they have numerous IPs. Changing IP once or twice is possible, but asking them to change IP multiple times, will not work.
These are the different ways to change your IP address and location on a Windows 11/10 PC.
Read: What can someone do with your IP address?
Can I change my IP address to a specific location?
IP addresses are assigned by internet service providers. You cannot change to a specific location with it. You have to use a VPN to change your IP (a new one provided by VPN) to a specific location. Even, VPNs may not have the servers in the specific locations you may want.
Does VPN change IP location?
Yes, VPN changes IP location. Not only, does it change the IP location, but also, hides your IP address by assigning you a new one from the country or location you select. It cannot change the location of your original IP address.
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