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How to find your MAC address on Windows 10

Not buried too deep, this one.
May 10, 2022

The Media Access Control (MAC) address is the unique identifier for your device on a network. There are plenty of reasons why you may want to find out your MAC address, like if you need to identify the devices connected to your network for troubleshooting purposes. Here’s how to find the MAC address on Windows 10.

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To find your MAC address, go to Settings -> Network & Internet. Click Ethernet or Wi-Fi, depending upon your network type, click the active connection, and scroll down to the Properties section to find the address listed.


How to find your MAC address on Windows 10

Open the Windows settings app via search or by pressing the Windows key + I. Click Network & Internet.

Windows 10 settings app
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Click Ethernet in the left pane if you’re connected to wired internet, or click Wi-Fi.

Windows 10 active ethernet connections
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Locate the currently active connection and click it. Scroll down to the Properties section.

Windows 10 MAC address network properties
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The MAC address of your Windows 10 PC will be listed towards the end, next to the Physical address (MAC) label.

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Find your MAC address on Windows 10 via Control Panel

If you don’t like the newer settings app, you can also find the MAC address using the Control Panel. Open Control Panel by searching for it. Click Network and Internet.

Windows 10 control panel
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Click Network and Sharing Center.

Windows 10 Control Panel Network and Internet
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In the left pane, click Change adapter settings.

Windows 10 Control Panel Network and Sharing center
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This screen will list the available wireless adapters. Double-click the Ethernet adapter option if you’re connected to a wired connection, or double-click the Wi-Fi adapter if you’re connected wirelessly.

Windows 10 Control Panel Network adapter settings
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In the status window that pops up, click Details.

Windows 10 adapter status
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Next to the Physical Address label, you will find your MAC address.

Windows 10 adapter MAC address
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How is the MAC address different from the IP address?

The MAC address is the unique ID that a device has, which helps identify it on a network. The IP address is an address that the network assigns to a device on a network.

What is an example of a MAC address?

A MAC address is a string of 12 characters, with a separation between every two characters, denoted by a colon (:) or a dash (-). The characters are hexadecimal, which means they will use the numbers 0-9 and the letters A-F. An example would be 00:0C:29:12:F7:8C.