How to find a MAC address
Below are the steps on how you can find your MAC address for your network devices.
Because of the potential of tracking wireless devices using a MAC address, many manufacturers (e.g., Apple, Google, and Microsoft) generate random MAC addresses.
Finding a MAC address in Microsoft Windows
- Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and then press Enter.
- Under the Network and Internet section, select View network status and tasks.
- On the left side of the screen, select Change adapter settings.
- Right-click your computer icon.
- Select Status from the drop-down menu that appears, then click the Details button.
- Your MAC address appears in the new window.
You can also follow the steps below to view the MAC address from the command line.
Finding the MAC from MS-DOS or Windows command line
- Open the Windows command prompt.
- Type ipconfig /all and press Enter.
- This command lists all your computer adapters, and the MAC address is the Physical address in this list (shown below).
Ethernet adapter Ethernet: Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd1.ut.comcast.net Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : D4-BE-D8-9D-47-9A DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2601:681:4300:c5c0::f4b3(Preferred)
Finding a MAC address in Linux
If you are running Linux and Unix or a variant, you can determine the MAC address or hardware address using the ifconfig command. After running "ifconfig" from the command line, you get output similar to the example below. In the output below, the MAC address is the hardware address (HWaddr), as highlighted below.
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 09:00:12:90:e3:e5 inet addr:192.168.1.29 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 inet6 addr: fe80::a00:27ff:fe70:e3f5/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:54071 errors:1 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:48515 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:22009423 (20.9 MiB) TX bytes:25690847 (24.5 MiB) Interrupt:10 Base address:0xd020 lo Link encap:Local Loopback inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0 inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1 RX packets:83 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:83 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:7766 (7.5 KiB) TX bytes:7766 (7.5 KiB) wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 58:a2:c2:93:27:36 inet addr:192.168.1.64 Bcast:192.168.2.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 inet6 addr: fe80::6aa3:c4ff:fe93:4746/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:436968 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:364103 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:115886055 (110.5 MiB) TX bytes:83286188 (79.4 MiB)
Finding a MAC address in an Apple computer
- Open the Apple Menu.
- Click System Preferences.
- Select Network.
- Click the adapter (if wireless, select Airport).
- Click Advanced.
- At the bottom, the MAC address is listed as the Airport ID or MAC ID is listed.
Finding a MAC address in an Apple iPhone and iPad
- Tap Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap About.
- The MAC address is listed as WiFi Address.
Finding a MAC address in an Android smartphone and tablet
- Tap Apps
- Tap Settings.
Make sure to tap "Settings" and not "Google Settings."
- Scroll down and tap About, About Tablet, or About device.
- Tap Status.
- The MAC address is listed as the WiFi MAC address.
Finding a MAC address in a router
A MAC address can also be viewed for any device connected to your network. Accessing your router for this information is easier than trying to find the address on each device.
To find the MAC addresses from a router, access your router setup or console and view the list of devices connected to the network.