Each network adapter will have its own unique hardware ID known as MAC address. In general, MAC address of a hardware cannot be modified or changed in any way. If you ever need to know the MAC address of your network device, here’s how to find MAC address on Windows 10 with or without command prompt for Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Toshiba, Surface, Acer or HP laptop or desktop PC.
A misconception exists among some people that the MAC address represents the unique ID of your laptop or desktop computer. This is only partly correct because MAC address is the unique hardware ID of your network device, for example, your Ethernet LAN or WiFi adapter. If you have both wired and wireless network adapter, each of them has its own unique piece of MAC address. Depending on which adapter you’re using, only the MAC address of the adapter that you are currently using will indirectly represent your computer. Here’s how to get the MAC address on Windows 10.
How to find MAC address on Windows 10 without Command Prompt
I always prefer to find the MAC address on Windows 10 through Settings app. Though it’s certainly not as easy as with CMD, but the CMD way will sometimes display incorrect info. To find MAC address on Windows 10 without command prompt, follow the steps below.
- Press Win+i keys to open Settings app in Windows 10.
- Select Network & Internet.
- On the right pane, click on Change adapter options.
- This will open the Network connections window. Here’s where all your network adapters will be listed.
- Select the network adapter which you are currently using to connect to the internet.
- Right-click it and then select Status.
- In the Status window, click on the Details button.
- The Physical Address property will be the MAC address of the adapter.
If you have multiple network adapter on your PC, for example, you should usually see two adapters – one for WiFi and another for Ethernet cable, in most laptops, make sure you select the right one which connects you to the internet.
This method should also works on Windows 10 tablet or mobile phone.
How to find MAC address on Windows 10 with CMD
The easier method on how to find MAC address on Windows 10 is by entering a piece of command in the command prompt. Here’s how.
Go to start menu or Cortana and search for Command Prompt or CMD. Right-click command prompt from the search result and then select Run as administrator.
In the command prompt, type the following command followed by Enter key.
This command will show you all your network configuration and info. From the list of adapters, identify the one which you are currently using to connect to the internet. For instance, if you are finding the MAC address of your laptop WiFi adapter on Windows 10, it should show up as something like Wireless LAN adapter or WiFi adapter. Then, look at the physical address – this will be the MAC address of the adapter.
If you are trying to filter, blacklist, whitelist or identify your computers and devices on your router, finding the MAC addresses of your laptops or devices on Windows 10 or other platforms should be the very first thing to do. Once you have your MAC addresses, you can identify which is which on the router’s list of connected devices. You can then filter, blacklist or whitelist any device using their MAC addresses on the router.