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How do I find the MAC address of my computer?

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Apple Mac OS X (10.8 Mountain Lion and newer)

  • From the Apple in the upper left hand corner choose System Preferences
  • Click on the Network icon
  • Select Thunderbolt Ethernet (or Ethernet) for Wired or Wi-Fi (or Airport) for Wireless.
  • Click on the Advanced button
  • Click on the Hardware tab
  • Your MAC address will be at the top of this window.
    The MAC address is the 12 character address e.g. 00:11:22:AA:66:DD 


Linux

  • In a terminal session type ifconfig
  • This will show you a list of the network adapters installed. The MAC address is referred to here as the HWaddr.
  • To pick out your wireless MAC address type iwconfig


Windows 7

  • Click the Start icon
  • Click Control Panel
  • Select Network and Internet
  • Click Network and Sharing Center
  • Select Change Adapter Settings from the list on the left hand side
  • Right click on the connection you are trying to find the MAC address for and select Properties.
    You will have a separate icon for your wireless card; your Ethernet
    (LAN) card and your Virtual WiFi MiniPort adapter (if you have one),
    each with their own MAC address. Make sure you select the correct one.
  • Hover your mouse over the text box underneath connect using. Your MAC address will appear in the tooltip and is made up of 12 characters e.g. 00:11:22:AA:66:DD


Windows 8

  • On the Start screen, type Network and Sharing
  • Under the search box, select Settings
  • Click Network and Sharing Center:
    [Windows 8 'Network and Sharing Center']
  • Select Change Adapter Settings from the list on the left hand side
  • Right click on the connection you are trying to find the MAC address for and select Properties.
    You will have a separate icon for your wireless card; your Ethernet
    (LAN) card and your Virtual WiFi MiniPort adapter (if you have one),
    each with their own MAC address. Make sure you select the correct one.
  • Hover your mouse over the text box underneath connect using. Your MAC
    address will appear in the tooltip and is made up of 12 characters e.g.
    00:11:22:AA:66:DD


Windows 10

  • Right click the Start icon
  • Select Network Connections
  • Right Click on the Ethernet Icon
  • Select Status
  • Click Details button
  • The MAC address is given in the Physical Address line and is made up of 12 characters e.g. 00:11:22:AA:66:DD


iOS (Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

  • Touch the Settings app.
  • Touch General.
  • Touch About.
  • Your MAC address is given in the Wi-Fi Address line and is made up of 12 characters e.g. 00:11:22:AA:66:DD


Android

The menu screens for a specific Android phone may vary slightly in terminology but the instructions are the same:

  • From your home screen navigate to your All apps / programs menu and Select Settings from the list:
    [Android 'All apps' screenshot]
  • Select About Phone:
    [Android 'Settings' screenshot]
  • Select Hardware Information or Status:
    [Android 'About phone' screenshot]
  • On the list that appears look for Wi-Fi MAC Address:
    [Android 'Hardware information' screenshot]

Acknowledgement: Much of the material on this page was originally copied - with permission - from the website of Information Services at Aberystwyth University.

Last reviewed: 
13/10/2016

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