Unlike IP-address, which is often dynamic, MAC address is unique to each device and never changes. Technically, you can change the physical address of a specific device, but that is a different story to discuss. In this article, we will show you how to find a MAC address in Windows 10. You do not need third-party tools to find the MAC address of your PC. Windows has all the required tools to find MAC-address with just a few clicks.
What is a MAC Address?
MAC address has nothing to do with Apple. MAC, which is also known as physical address, stands for Media Access Control. It is a unique identifier for each device equipped with a network adapter. You need a MAC address for proper communication between devices within your network, but you should not bother assigning MAC addresses manually. Each device with a NIC (network interface controller) comes with a preset MAC address out-the-box.
Find MAC Address in Windows 10
Finding the MAC address for all network adapters in Windows 10 is a simple process that requires just a few clicks.
- Open Windows Settings and go to the Network and Internet section.
- On the Status section, click Properties for your current connection.
- Scroll down and locate the Properties section.
- At the bottom of the properties list, find Physical Address. That is your MAC address in Windows 10.
Check MAC Address for Ethernet in Windows 10
You can also go another route and find a MAC address for a currently inactive connection. For example, you connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi, but you need a MAC address for Ethernet or other NIC.
- Open Windows Settings > Network and Internet.
- Click Status.
- Scroll down and find the Advanced Network Settings.
- Click Change Adapter Options.
- In a new window, open the adapter you want to check.
- Hover the cursor over the Connect using field. Windows will show the MAC address.
Check MAC Address in Router Settings
You can also check the MAC address for your PC in the router settings. Open the app or web management interface, log in, and then find the list of connected devices. In the description, you will find a physical address or MAC.
Find the MAC Address Using Command Prompt
- Launch Command Prompt, PowerShell, or Windows Terminal, whatever works better for you.
- Enter the following command: ipcongif /all. Press Enter.
- You will see the list of properties for all available network adapters.
- Find the Physical Address string. That is your MAC address.
Find the MAC Address Using Msinfo32
- To find the MAC address in Windows 10 using the msinfo32, press Win + R and enter the msinfo32 command.
- In a new window, click Components > Network > Adapter.
- Find the MAC Address field for the adapter you need.
That is how you find MAC addresses in Windows 10.