How to Find MAC Address on Windows 10

Looking for your MAC address is very easy to find on windows 10 and today, I will be showing you 5 ways you can find mac address on your computer.

There’s so much things to know about using windows 10 that everyone really needs to know.

Before I begin, you should understand what a MAC address is.

You can navigate through the table of content to jump to your interest.

What is a MAC address?

MAC stands for “media access control”

A MAC address is a unique, alphanumeric hardware that identifies a device that connects to the internet.

Every interface or network device that connects to the internet has a MAC address.

Manufacturers that produce these network devices are responsible for assigning or embedding a MAC address on their device.

Once a MAC address is assigned to a device, it can never be changed.

A MAC address is usually a series of 12 digits across six pairs.

Here is an example of what a MAC address looks like,

00:1A:C2:7B:00:47

a mac address

Are MAC Addresses Important?

The answer is YES!

A MAC address is important for your device to interact and recognize other network devices.

If your network detects a router or WiFi, it will send out its MAC address to establish a connection.

You can say a MAC address is similar to an IP address but the only difference is that a MAC address is permanent on your device while IP address can change depending on location.

Another difference is that MAC addresses are used in the local network while IP addresses are used to identify network devices all around the world.

Where to Find MAC address in Windows 10?

The MAC address can be viewed through multiple places in windows 10.

Here’s a list of locations:

  1. Command Prompt.
  2. Network Connection Settings.
  3. Windows PowerShell.
  4. System Information.
  5. Control panel.
  6. Connected WiFi properties through the taskbar.

Now that you know the locations to view your MAC address, let me show you how to find the MAC address in those locations.

How to Find the MAC Address on Windows 10

Follow the instructions properly.

Through Command Prompt

1. Search for command prompt in windows search.

searching for command prompt in windows search

2. Click on command prompt among the result.

command prompt in windows search result

3. Type or copy and paste the following inside command prompt and click enter.

ipconfig /all
ipconfig /all in command prompt

4. Immediately you hit enter key, the MAC address will be displayed alongside physical address.

mac/physical address in command prompt

While in command prompt, you can also check the MAC address of active network adapters and a remote computer.

Active Network Adaptors

Type in or copy and paste the following inside command prompt and hit enter.

getmac /v
getmac /v physical address

MAC Address of A remote Computer

Type in or copy and paste the following inside command prompt and hit enter.

ping 192.168.1.1

Note – Replace the IP address with the IP address of the remote computer.

Follow with this command

ARP -A

You will see a list of all devices communicating with your computer including the remote computer MAC and IP address.

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Through Windows PowerShell

1. Search for windows powershell in windows search.

searching for windows powershell

2. Click on windows powershell among the result.

windows powershell result in windows search

3. Type or copy and paste the following inside windows powershell and click enter.

ipconfig /all
ipconfig /all in windows powershell

4. Immediately you hit enter key, the MAC address will be displayed alongside physical address.

mac address in windows powershell

While in windows powershell, you can also check the MAC address of an active network adapters and a remote computer.

Active Network Adaptors

Type in or copy and paste the following inside windows powershell and hit enter.

getmac /v
getmac /v physical address

MAC Address of A remote Computer

Type in or copy and paste the following inside command prompt and hit enter.

ping 192.168.1.1

Note – Replace the IP address with the IP address of the remote computer.

Follow with this command

ARP -A

You will see a list of all devices communicating with your computer including the remote computer MAC and IP address.

Through System Information

1. Search for system information in windows search.

searching for system information

2. Click on system information among the result.

system information result in windows search

3. Under system summary section, click on the plus sign ➕ beside components to reveal other options.

system information components

4. Click on the plus sign ➕ beside network.

system information network

5. Select adaptor under network.

system information adapter

6. The MAC address will be displayed under item and value section.

mac address in system information

Through Network Connection Settings

1. Search for view network connections in windows search.

view connection network

2. Click on view network connections among the results.

view network connections

3. Right click on your network and select status or double tap on your network to open network status.

wifi status

4. Inside your network status, click on details.

network details

5. The MAC address will be under physical address inside network connection details.

network connection details with physical/mac address

Through Taskbar

1. Navigate to your taskbar and click on the network icon. If your icons are missing, you have to restore it.

taskbar network icon

2. Click on properties under your connected network.

wifi network properties

3. Scroll all the way to the bottom to view your MAC address.

physical/mac address in windows properties

Through Control Panel

1. Search for control panel in windows search.

search control panel in windows search

2. Click on control panel among the results.

control panel result in windows search

3. Set your view by to small icons inside control panel.

small icon in control panel

4. Click on network and sharing center.

network and sharing center in control panel

5. Right click on your network and select status or double tap on your network to open network status.

wifi status

6. Inside your network status, click on details.

network details

7. Your MAC address will be under physical address inside network connection details.

network connection details with physical/mac address

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