MAC (Media Access Control) address is an important term in the computer networking world. MAC address is used to identify a particular device in the Local Area Network (LAN). It helps to save your computer/ laptop from unauthorized access. Yes, the MAC address is not the component that you would require every time you open your computer; however, you still need to know your device’s MAC address to make a connection with the router and local network. There can be several options to find MAC addresses in Windows 10. It is not a hard task at all. I have compiled 5 different ways so that you can pick whichever seems to be easier for you.
Methods of finding MAC Address in Your Windows 10
Method 1. Using Control Panel on Windows 10?
You can find the MAC address using the control panel on Windows 10. Follow these steps-
Step 1: Search for ‘Control Panel’ on the Windows search bar which can be found in the bottom-left corner of your screen. Then click on the ‘Network and Internet’ option under the control panel menu. Next, click on the ‘Network and Sharing Center option.
Step 2: Here you will see the WiFi or Ethernet connection name (whichever is connected to your device). Right-click on it and then select ‘Properties’. You need to have administrative access to get in there.
Step 3: Under the ‘Networking’ tab, you will see the networking device’s name. If you put a mouse cursor on it, the MAC address will be shown to you.
Alternatively, you can find the physical address i.e. MAC address from the ‘General Properties’ of the ‘Adapter’ option from the same location.
Method 2. Using Command Prompt on Windows 10?
Step 1: Search for ‘Command Prompt’ on the Windows search bar and click on it when is found.
Step 2: On the command prompt, type in ‘ipconfig/all’ and then hit the enter button.
Step 3: Scroll down after the result is shown on the command prompt and find the ‘Physical Address’ which is the other name of the MAC address.
Method 3. Using PowerShell on Windows 10?
Another easy way to find the MAC address is by getting the result using PowerShell. Here is the method-
1. Search for the ‘PowerShell’ on the Windows search bar and tap on the topmost viewed result.
2. On the PowerShell screen, type in ‘Get-NetAdapter’.
3. Hit the enter button.
4. You should see the MAC address when the result shows up along with other properties too.
Method 4. Using Settings on Windows 10?
If you are accustomed to using settings of the Windows 10 to find and do different things, then you should follow this section. Let’s learn how easily you can find the MAC address.
Step 1: Click on the Windows icon located at the bottom-left corner of the screen. Look for the ‘Settings’ (a gear icon) which should be there by default. Click on the settings. You will find several options to choose from. Tap on the ‘Network and Internet’ option from the given list.
Step 2: There you will see the WiFi or Ethernet name that your computer is currently connected to. Click on the WiFi/Ethernet icon depending on your particular computer. From the pop-up page, scroll down to view the MAC address under the headline ‘Properties’.
Method 5. Using System Information on Windows 10?
The steps are given below-
1. Search for ‘System Information’ on the Windows search bar and click on the top result.
2. From the System Information page, expand the ‘Components’.
3. Next, expand the ‘Network’.
4. Tap on the ‘Adapter’.
5. From the shown result on the right side, scroll down the information to find the MAC address.
Hopefully, the article was somewhat handy in answering a common question regarding networking and internet usage. Although the methods shown in this article are only for Windows 10, the users of the other version of Windows still can follow it and by tweaking with one or two steps can find the MAC address of their devices too.