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- There are five different methods you can use to find your MAC address on Windows 10.
- The easiest method to find MAC address on Windows 10 is the Command Prompt and can be done in three quick steps.
- To find your MAC address through the Command Prompt, navigate to your Windows Start button in the bottom left corner of your screen.
- Other methods to find MAC address on Windows 10 includes the Settings menu, System Information, Network Connection Settings, and Windows PowerShell.
Using a Mac computer instead? Here’s how to find MAC address on a Mac.
What is MAC address and what is a MAC address used for?
Every network-compatible device or interface such as your Windows 10 device has a unique twelve-digit alphanumeric code known as the media access control (MAC) address also known as the hardware address or physical address. Just like the internet protocol (IP) address, the MAC address is also used to uniquely identify your device across the network. The main difference between MAC address and an IP address is that MAC address is used to identify devices on a network while the IP address is used to connect and locate devices on a network. MAC address is provided by your device manufacturer while IP Address is provided by your Internet Service Provider.
Although, for the most part, you might never need to access your MAC address, sometimes if you’re setting up your router, for example, you could allow (whitelist) or block (blacklist) service to a specific device if you know its MAC address. Another reason is if your router lists connected devices by their MAC address and you want to know which Mac address belongs to which device. Whatever the reason might be, Windows 10 actually makes it easy to find your MAC address with just a couple of clicks.
How to find your MAC address in Windows 10
You can use any of the five methods in this guide, but we’ll start with the Command Prompt first because, despite it’s interface looking scary, it is the quickest way to find MAC address in Windows 10. Then we’ll cover the rest methods.
How to find your MAC address in Windows 10 with the Command Prompt
Fret not about the Command Prompt interface, don’t let it intimidate you. It’s not as complicated as it looks, you just need to follow this guide step by step.
- Type Command Prompt in the search bar and click the top result that pops up, or if you are using the older version of Windows, right-click on the Windows Start button and select Command Prompt from the menu.
- To display your network configuration, type in ipconfig /all and hit Enter. You can also copy and paste it from here. (Notice there’s a letter-space between g and /).
- Locate your adapter’s physical address. The value next to “Physical Address” is your Windows MAC address. You can copy and paste it to your clipboard if you need to.
How to find your MAC address in Windows 10 in the Network Connection Settings
Using the Network Setting method is also very easy, you just need to find the MAC address by looking at the details of your network adapter in Windows.
- Click on your Network icon in the bottom right (where your Wi-Fi connection signal is located), select Network & Internet settings in the menu that appears. Or, right-click on the Network icon and select Open Network and Internet settings.
- Click Network and Sharing Center located at the bottom of the screen.
- Click on your network connection.
- In the Wi-Fi Status window, click the Details button.
- Locate the value next to Physical Address (usually fourth from the top). That is your Windows MAC address.
How to find your MAC address in Windows 10 using the Settings menu
- Open Settings. Right-click on Windows Start at the bottom-left, scroll down, and select Settings.
- Click Network & Internet.
- Select Ethernet or Wi-Fi depending on your network connection and click on the connection.
- Scroll down and locate the value next to Physical address. That is your Windows 10 MAC address.
How to find your MAC address in Windows 10 in the System Information
- Type System Information into the search bar and click the top result to open the page.
- On the System Information page and double-click on Components in the left panel.
- Double-click on Network.
- Select Adapter.
- You will see many options, scroll down, and locate the network adapter you want, look for the values next to Physical Address. That is your Windows 10 MAC address.
How to find your MAC address in Windows 10 in PowerShell
You can also find your MAC address in Windows 10 with PowerShell by following these steps:
- Type PowerShell into the search bar and click the top result to open the page, or right-click on the Windows Start button and select Windows PowerShell from the menu.
- Type Get-NetAdapter and Press Enter.
- Find your MAC address. PowerShell will list the MAC address for every network adapter configured on your Windows 10 Computer.