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How to fix IP address conflict on Mac: 7 Simple solutions

  • IP address conflicts on Mac can occur if another device on your Wi-Fi network is using the same IP address.
  • To fix the “Another device on the network is using your IP address” error on Mac, you can renew the DHCP Lease or manually enter your IP address.

As the name suggests, an IP conflict error occurs when two or more devices on your Wi-Fi network use the same IP address as your Mac. This can often lead to internet connection issues. Fortunately, macOS allows you to fix it.

In this guide, I’ll show several ways to fix the IP conflict issue on Mac when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

  1. Restart all devices and router
  2. Renew DHCP Lease on Mac
  3. Disable and re-enable iCloud Private Relay
  4. Disconnect VPN
  5. Manually enter the IP address
  6. Reset network settings on Mac
  7. Check for viruses and malware

1. Restart all devices and router

One of the best ways to fix the IP address conflict issue in Wi-Fi on Mac is to restart it so that it clears RAM and network connections.

To restart your Mac, simply click the Apple menu () on the top-left of your display → select Restart.

restart-mac

While you are at it, I’d also recommend restarting your router. Just unplug it, wait for a couple of minutes, and then plug it in again.

After your Mac and router restart, the IP conflict issue should be gone, and you should be able to use your network connection as usual. If not, try force-quitting and restarting the Mac app that is facing the issues.

Further, the IP conflict issue isn’t limited to Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but also other devices connected to the same network.

For instance, this issue can occur if you have a TV, Gaming console, smart devices, etc., connected to the Wi-Fi and share the same IP address.

To resolve this, restart other devices connected to the same network as your Mac to reset their IP address. The IP conflict error should be fixed once you restart all devices on your network.

If the restarting process doesn’t help, move on to some advanced features.

2. Renew DHCP Lease on Mac

Unlike iOS, the IP conflict issue still exists in macOS. So, you’ll find the Renew DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) Lease option on your Mac.

Renewing your DHCP lease prompts your Mac to request a new IP address from the network, potentially resolving the conflict with another device.

There are two ways to renew the DHCP Lease on your Mac – using System Settings and Terminal.

From System Settings

  1. Open System Settings from the Apple menu on the top-left of your display.
  2. Click Wi-Fi on the left pane.

    Select Wi-Fi from System Settings on Mac
  3. In the right pane, click the Details button next to your connected Wi-Fi. A new window will pop up on your screen.

    Click Details in Wi-Fi settings
  4. Select TCP/IP on the left pane.

    Select TCP IP in the Wi-Fi Details page
  5. Click the Renew DHCP Lease option.

    Renew DHCP Lease option in TCP IP settings in Wi-Fi details page under System Settings

That’s it; your Mac’s IP address will reset, and you won’t face any IP conflict problems while connecting to the Wi-Fi network.

From Terminal

  1. Open Terminal on your Mac from Launchpad, Spotlight, or the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.
  2. Type the code below followed by return key.
    networksetup -listallhardwareports
  3. Check Hardware Port: Wi-Fi – Device section, where the port should be listed en0 by default. If it’s different, use the same port in the following steps.

    Image highlighting Hardware Port- Wi-Fi – Device section in the terminal
  4. Type the following command and press the return key.
    sudo ipconfig set en0 DHCP
  5. Enter your admin password when prompted to authenticate this process.

    Image showing authentication and showing the login details of the device in terminal

3. Disable and re-enable iCloud Private Relay

Private Relay in iCloud masks your DNS records and IP address to keep your browser history and data safe. As a result, you get a different IP address, which can be the same as one of your device’s IP addresses connected to the same network.

If you’ve turned on iCloud Private Relay and are using the Safari browser or any other application that uses Private Relay, an IP conflict error can occur.

However, you can disable and re-enable Private Relay to fix this issue quickly.

  1. Open System Settings on your Mac.
  2. Select your name or Apple ID from the left pane.

    Image highlighting on Apple ID section in the left navigation
  3. Click iCloud.

    Image highlighting iCloud section
  4. Scroll down and select Private Relay under iCloud+.

    Image highlighting Private Relay option under iCloud+ section
  5. Now, toggle off Private Relay. Choose Turn off Private Relay when prompted.

    Image highlighting to Turn off Private Relay when it is prompted
  6. Wait for a few seconds and toggle on Private Relay → click Done.

    Image highlighting to Turn on Private Relay again and selecting Done

Besides, you can also switch between the Maintain general location and Use country and time zones options in Private Relay settings to change the IP address location.

4. Disconnect VPN

VPNs change your IP address to mask your location, but if the IP address of the connected location matches the IP address of one of your devices connected to the same network, you’ll get the IP conflict error issue.

You can turn off your VPN from System Settings on your Mac by following these simple steps, irrespective of the VPN you’re using:

  1. Open System Settings on your Mac.
  2. Select VPN from the left pane.

    Image highlighting to select VPN option from left navigation
  3. Toggle off all enabled VPN connections.

    Image highlighting to Turn off all the enabled VPN

Once disconnected, your IP conflict issue should be resolved on your Mac.

5. Manually enter the IP address

If nothing above worked, you need not worry about it. macOS provides you with the option to manually enter your IP address.

When setting the IP address, ensure that it’s different from the current one that you’re using. You’ll need to know the current IP address of your Mac before proceeding. Follow these simple instructions to manually set the IP address on your Mac:

  1. Open System Settings on your Mac.
  2. Select Wi-Fi from the left pane.

    Image highlighting to select Wi-Fi section from left navigation
  3. Click Details next to connected Wi-Fi network.

    Image highlighting to select Details on connected Wi-Fi network
  4. Select TCP/IP from the left pane when a new window appears.

    Image highlighting to select TCP:IP from left panel when appear
  5. Choose Manually from the options next to Configure IPv4.

    Image highlighting to select Manually when clicking on Configure IPv4 option
  6. Enter the IP address provided by your ISP in the IP address field.

    Image highlighting IP address option to enter IP address provided by ISP

Moreover, you can set DNS and Subnet Mask if your ISP has provided you the required details. The IP conflict error should resolve after you manually set the IP address.

6. Reset network settings on Mac

Resetting network settings on your Mac can solve various issues related to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, VPN, and more.

You can either use Terminal or Finder to delete network configuration files. It’ll reset the network settings to default, which in turn will also reset your Mac’s IP address.

To learn how this is done, follow our detailed guide on how to reset network settings on Mac.

7. Check for viruses and malware

Although Mac is mostly safe from viruses and malware, new vulnerabilities emerge to get into macOS.

While you might not differentiate a virus from system files, you can still identify and remove the most common Mac viruses.

Besides, some tools can help you identify and remove malware/viruses from your Mac, like Avast Premium Security, Malwarebytes Premium, CleanMyMac X, and more.

Concluding thoughts

IP conflict error is a common issue on many devices and is not limited to Macs. If you’re still facing this issue even after trying all the above mentioned troubleshooting methods, it’s best to contact your ISP to resolve this issue.

If the error isn’t from the ISP but your Mac, take it to the nearest Apple support so that they can diagnose and fix the IP conflict issue on your Mac. If you’ve got any other questions or suggestions regarding this guide, please leave them in the comments below.

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  • Sajid

    Sajid Shaik is a tech enthusiast who explains complex concepts in a clear and concise way. For the past 7 years, he has been a regular contributor to tech blogs and publications, including MakeUseOf and iGeeksBlog. Sajid also has extensive knowledge of the Apple ecosystem, which he shares with his readers through his words. He has created a wide range of content, such as How-Tos, Reviews, Listicles, and much more. Aside from that, Sajid has a degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering, which gives him an advantage in better understanding technology at hardware level. Apart from writing, you can find him fiddling with Apple products or keeping up with all things Apple.

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