How to Trace a Mobile IP Address

by Jay DarringtonUpdated September 28, 2017

Mobile devices that connect to the Internet are assigned IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, just like their desktop and laptop cousins. However, IP addresses for mobile devices change much more frequently, as the device moves from one connection point to another. It is still possible to track a mobile IP address to its ISP -- or at least to the organization that is providing its connection.

Determine the mobile device's IP address by visiting an IP-detection site such as Whatismyip.com, whatip.com, or whatismyipaddress.com using the mobile device. Some devices may also have the IP in their wireless or Internet settings. Record the number given.

Click "Start" on your desktop.

Type "cmd" in the "Search" box and press "Enter."

Type "tracert" in the command prompt window that appears, followed by the mobile IP address you found on the mobile device.

Press "Enter" again to trace the IP address.

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