- To find the MAC address on Windows 10, open “Command Prompt,” run the “ipconfig /all” command, and confirm the “Physical Address” information.
- You can also open Settings> Network & Internet> Wi-Fi or Ethernet, open the active network connection, and determine the MAC address on Windows 10.
- It’s also possible to use the Control Panel and the System Information app.
UPDATED 11/14/2023: On Windows 10, the MAC (Media Access Control) address is a unique hardware identifier available on every network adapter, and in this guide, I’ll outline the steps to find this information for your Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter.
The “MAC” is a 48-bit address (often referred to as “hardware” or “physical address”) divided into six octets represented by hexadecimal numbers (for example, 00-0C-29-E4-D8-90), and it’s used for communication at the data link layer.
Usually, you don’t have to worry about this information, but sometimes, you may need to find the MAC address assigned to your network adapter on your computer for various reasons. For example, when you want to set up network access filtering on the router, track down a specific device in the network, and troubleshoot networking problems.
In this guide, I’ll teach you the different ways to find the MAC address of your network adapter on Windows 10.
Check MAC address on Windows 10
On Windows 10, you can determine the physical address of a network adapter from the Command Prompt, Settings app, Control Panel, and the System Information app. Here’s how.
- Method 1: Using the Command Prompt
- Method 2: Using the Settings app
- Method 3: Using the Control Panel
- Method 4: Using the System Information
Method 1: Using the Command Prompt
To check the MAC address from Command Prompt on Windows 10, use these steps:
Open Start on Windows 10.
Search for Command Prompt and click the top result to open the app.
Type the following command to view the current network configuration and press Enter:
Check the “Physical Address” field to find the MAC address of the Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter.
Once you complete the steps, the output of the command will display all the information available of every network adapter on your computer, including the MAC address information.
Method 2: Using the Settings app
To find the MAC address for your network adapter from the Settings app, use these steps:
Click on Network & Internet.
Click on Wi-Fi (or Ethernet).
Click on the network connection.
Check the Physical address (MAC) field to view the Media Access Control address.
After you complete the steps, the network properties will help you determine the physical address.
Method 3: Using the Control Panel
To find the MAC address on Windows 10 from Control Panel, use these steps:
Open Control Panel.
Click on Network and Internet.
Click on Network and Sharing Center.
Click the “Change adapter settings” option on the left pane.
Right-click the Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter and choose the Status option.
Click the Details button.
Confirm the MAC address in the “Physical Address” field.
Once you complete the steps, the Control Panel will display the physical address for the network adapter.
Method 4: Using the System Information
To view the MAC address assigned to the laptop or desktop computer from System Information, use these steps:
Type System Information and press Enter to open the app.
Browse the following path:
Components> Network> Adapter
After you complete the steps, Windows 10 will populate the network adapters’ information on your computer, including virtual networks, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet adapters, and the MAC address will be available from the “MAC Address” field.
Update November 14, 2023: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes for the process.