Short for Media Access Control Address, a MAC Address is a permanent unique identifier for every device connected to the Internet, or having the capability to do so.
There can be more than 1 MAC address on a single laptop, for instance, as you can have multiple network adapters, such as one for Ethernet/wired and one for wireless connectivity.
You can think of a MAC address as similar to an IMEI number that all smartphones have — that also share the same core characteristic of being unique & changeless.
How To Find a MAC Address on Windows 10
There are multiple ways to dig up this piece of information. Many methodologies described online demonstrate a CMD command (which I’ll also discuss); however, I’ve realized that the quickest way to get your hands on the pertinent MAC address is just 2 clicks away.
How To Identify Your Wi-Fi MAC Address on Windows 10 — With Just 2 Clicks
Step 1/click 1: Draw your attention to the bottom right corner of your taskbar. Essentially, you’re looking for the internet/network icon, which typically may reside between the battery icon and the volume control icon.
Once you find it, click on it to open its settings.
Step 2/click 2:
To the SSID you’re connected to, click on the properties option to specifically open its settings window. Next, on that window, scroll all the way down to locate the label of “Physical Address (MAC):”
The value for that label is your MAC address.
Other Methods for Fetching Your MAC Address
As stated before, a lot of the online sites talk about a CMD method. So without further ado, here’s the obligatory explanation.
Finding MAC Address on a Windows 10, via Command Prompt
At your convenience, open your command prompt, and type the following code below (feel free to copy-paste):
As soon as the program runs the command and propagates the required information, you’ll realize that it’s a lot more thrown at you than what was described in the first method above.
The reason for that is because this command will list out the MAC address of all your adapters. To a non-technical person, this may be too much information, as he or she might have no clue on how to extract the correct one out.
In any case, the MAC addresses will be associated with a line item called “Physical Address.”
So far, outside of these two standard methods, there are many other ways to get your hands on the MAC Address; however, they all pretty much grab the same details, so rather than extending this post to an unwarranted degree, I’ll choose to close out on the techniques for working out what your MAC address is.
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To divulge your MAC address, there are more than one set of possible approaches. Nevertheless, the quickest one in all likelihood, and my personal favorite, is the 2-click procedure mentioned in this post.
It’s obviously fast, but it’s also exceptionally easy to execute on, and unlike the CMD, it delivers the relevant MAC address.