MAC address stands for Media Access Control address and is a unique identifier assigned to every network adapter. A typical MAC address looks something like this: 02:B0:F5:E8:AC:05. Finding your MAC address helps diagnose network issues, such as problems with IP addresses.
Unlike an IP address, a MAC address is permanently assigned to a device and cannot be changed. That makes it a more reliable way to identify senders and receivers of data on the network. This guide will show you how to find your MAC address on Windows.
Note: Adapters have their own unique MAC addresses. If your PC has both an Ethernet and a wireless adapter, they will have different MAC addresses.
Find your MAC address using Settings
The Settings app is probably the simplest way to find your MAC address on Windows 11.
- To open the Settings app, press (Windows key + I). You can also open it from the Start Menu.
- In the left-hand panel, select Network & Internet.
- Click on Ethernet or Wi-Fi, depending on which connection you’re using.
- If you use Ethernet, look for the Physical address (MAC) at the bottom of the page.
- If you use Wi-Fi, scroll down and select Hardware properties.
- Under the Hardware properties section, scroll down and look for Physical Address (MAC).
Find your MAC address using Control Panel
Using Control Panel is an easy option to find your Mac address on Windows 11.
- Go to your Windows search and search for “Control Panel” in the search bar to find Control Panel.
- Select View network status and tasks under the Network and Internet category.
- In the Network and Sharing Center, you’ll see a list of your active network connections. Select the adapter you’d like to discover the MAC address for, then click the link next to Connections. The connection type will determine the name of this link, which may be Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
- Click the Details… button.
- You’ll see the “Physical address” for the selected network device in the Property box – this is the MAC address.
Find your MAC address using Command Prompt
You can also find your Mac address using Command Prompt. This method is a little more complicated than the others, but it provides more detailed information about your network adapters.
- To open Command Prompt, press Windows key + R and type “cmd”. Press Enter.
- In the command prompt window, type the following command and press Enter
- This will show you a list of all the devices connected to your network, including your PC and other devices such as printers, routers, etc.
- Look for the name of the adapter you want to find (such as Wireless LAN or Ethernet) and scroll down until you come across the entry for “Physical Address”. This is your MAC address.
Find your MAC address using Windows PowerShell
Windows PowerShell is another command-line tool you can use to find your Mac address.
- To open the PowerShell, type PowerShell in the Windows search bar and press Enter.
- In the PowerShell window, type the following command and press Enter. It will give you a list of all adapters on your computer.
- Look for the adapter’s name you want to find the MAC address for and bingo! You have your MAC address displayed.
Find your MAC address using System Information
The Windows System Information is a utility that provides a wealth of information about your computer, including the MAC address of your network adapters.
- To open the System Information, type “msinfo32” in the search bar and press Enter.
- In the System Information window, go to Components > Network > Adapter
- A list of all your network adapters will appear. Scroll down until you find the MAC address.