What is My MAC Address?
What is My MAC Address?

If you are like most people, you probably enjoy surfing the web on your computer or phone. And like most people, you have a limited understanding of how your favorite technology actually works and what it takes to move information in and out of your device as you use it. Successfully transferring data to and from networking devices requires a special MAC address. Manufacturers assign a unique numerical code to each networking device, such as Ethernet or a Wi-Fi card. That number identifies the network hardware and helps facilitate communication between devices.

What Is a MAC Address?

A MAC address has nothing to do with Macintosh computers. A MAC or “media access control” address serves as the physical address for each point where a device such as a computer, phone or router connects to a network. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) established the standards for MAC addresses, which consist of colons separating a six-pair set of hexadecimal (base 16) numbers. MAC addresses use a combination of numbers zero through nine and letters A through F. An example of a standard MAC address might look something like: A2:30:E3:6D:87:4A.

How to Find the MAC Address on a Computer

For Windows 7

  1. Select the Start icon.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Select Network and Internet.
  4. Select Network and Sharing Center.
  5. Select Change Adapter Settings.
  6. Right click on the connection you are trying to find the MAC address for and click Properties.
  7. Hover over the text box beneath connect using. Your MAC address, which consists of 12 characters, will appear in the tooltip. A tooltip is a small box that includes information about the icon over which the cursor is hovering. 

For Windows 8

  1. Type Network and Sharing on the Start screen.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Select Change Adapter Settings.
  5. Right click on the connection you are trying to find the MAC address for and click Properties.
  6. Hover over the text box beneath connect using. Your MAC address consisting of 12 characters will appear in the tooltip. A tooltip is a small box that includes information about the icon over which the cursor is hovering. 

For Windows 10

  1. Right click on the Start icon.
  2. Select Network Connections.
  3. Right click on Ethernet Icon.
  4. Select Status.
  5. Select Details.
  6. The Physical Address line shows your MAC address.

For Mac OSX (10.9.x and Higher)

  1. Go to the Apple Menu and select System Preferences.
  2. Select Network.
  3. Select Wi*-*Fi.
  4. Select Advanced.
  5. The Wi*-*Fi Address shown is your wireless MAC address.

How to Find the MAC Address on a Phone

For iOS (Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch)

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Select About.
  4. The 12-character address in the Wi*-*Fi Address line is your MAC address.

For Android

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select About Phone.
  3. Select Hardware Information or Status.
  4. Take note of the displayed Wi-Fi MAC Address.