How do you change your IP address?

With many websites and streaming apps out of reach due to geographical restrictions and censorship, many internet users seek a way to change their IP address. Since your IP tells websites, apps, games and streaming channels your physical whereabouts, wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could mask it as another, managing various global IP locations from within a one-click piece of software?

Well, you’re in luck – the dream of unlocking a free-to-roam internet is finally here thanks to a healthy VPN market. Soaring demand for these intuitive services has created an incredibly competitive field with a strong focus on – not just security, server locations and connection speeds – but app convenience and user-friendliness.

While a major reason for signing up for a VPN is to encrypt back-and-forth data exchanges – safeguarding transactions, personal details, browsing history, etc – the other is usually to provide a way of changing your IP address. For instance, you may wish to catch up on movies and TV shows on Netflix and BBC iPlayer that are currently blocked due to your region.

With most leading VPN brands, such as UltraVPN, now offering multi-platform software, it couldn’t be easier to change your IP address on any device, anytime, and no matter your location. You can install VPN apps on desktops, notebooks, tablets, mobiles – even games consoles, routers and TVs – with many providers allowing up to five connections per account.

Due to the quick-fire setup of today’s VPN software, you can expect to be up and running in minutes, with zero configuration necessary. Changing your IP address then becomes a remarkably effortless process, requiring you to merely choose a region and make a selection from an array of servers. Some brands even provide a handy feature that automatically selects the best available server (based on speed, latency and distance).