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Every network device has a unique MAC address that it uses to identify itself to the networks it connects to. Instructions on how to find your device's MAC address are below. The MAC address is often useful to have for troubleshooting network connection problems.

MAC addresses can be referred to by many names, including: physical address, hardware address, ethernet address, wifi address, etc.

Here is an example of what a MAC address looks like:  a6:21:c3:31:f3:60      They can also use dash (-) or dot (.) formats and may look like this: a6-21-c3-31-f3-60 or a621.c331.f360

A wireless adapter will have its own MAC address, and a wired port will also have its own MAC address. So be sure you are looking for the correct MAC address depending on your connection type (wired or wireless).


Table of Contents - Use these links to jump to your specific device type. Then find and click on the tab that pertains to your device.

Table of Contents

Note - There may be slight differences in menu names, navigation, etc. due to the wide variety of devices and the updates they go through. We will try to keep this page updated the best we can, but if you have trouble finding your mac address please contact our Help Desk.

Windows Computers

UI Tabs


UI Tab
titleWindows 10
  1. In the Search box type cmd and press enter
  2. At the command prompt, type ipconfig/all and press enter
  3. Look in the different sections of the output depending on whether you are looking for your wired or wireless mac address...
    1. To find your wired mac address - look for the section titled Ethernet Adapter Ethernet (or similar) and look for the physical address
    2. To find your wireless mac address - look for the section titled Wireless Lan Adapter Wi-Fi (or similar) and look for the physical address


UI Tab
titleWindows 8
  1. Right-click the Start Menu button and choose Command Prompt
  2. At the command prompt, type ipconfig/all and press enter
  3. Look in the different sections of the output depending on whether you are looking for your wired or wireless mac address...
    1. To find your wired mac address - look for the section titled Ethernet Adapter Ethernet (or similar) and look for the physical address
    2. To find your wireless mac address - look for the section titled Wireless Lan Adapter Wi-Fi (or similar) and look for the physical address


Apple Computers

UI Tabs


UI Tab
titleMacOS X & 11
  1. Open the Apple menu (upper left of your screen), and choose System Preferences...
  2. Click and open the Network icon
  3. On the left you will see a list of your network adapters...
    1. To find your wired mac address - click on Ethernet in the list, then click the Advanced button, then click on the Hardware tab and your wired mac address should be listed
    2. To find your wireless mac address - click on Wi-Fi in the list, then click the Advanced button, then click on the Hardware tab and your wireless mac address should be listed



Chromebook Computers

UI Tabs


UI Tab
titleChromeOS
  1. While signed in, click the time in the bottom-right of the screen
  2. Click the down arrow under the Wi-Fi icon to show the wireless network list
  3. Click the Info icon "i"
  4. You should see the mac address displayed after "wi-fi:"



Linux/Unix Computers

UI Tabs


UI Tab
titleUbuntu

Variation 1

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Type ifconfig and hit enter
  3. You should see various sections of information pertaining to different adapters
    1. You will have to look for the entries for your wired network adapter or your wireless network adapter
    2. The MAC addresses should be found next to the word ether (it may also be labeled as HWaddr)

Variation 2

  1. Open the Activities overview and start typing Network

  2. Click on Network to open the panel

  3. Choose which device, Wi-Fi or Wired, from the left pane

  4. The MAC address for the wired device will be displayed as the Hardware Address on the right

  5. Click the settings button (gear icon) to see the MAC address for the wireless device displayed as the Hardware Address in the Details panel


UI Tab
titleFedora
  1. Open a terminal
  2. Type ifconfig and hit enter
  3. You should see various sections of information pertaining to different adapters
    1. You will have to look for the entries for your wired network adapter or your wireless network adapter
    2. The MAC addresses should be found next to the word HWaddr


UI Tab
titleDebian
  1. Open a terminal
  2. Type ifconfig and hit enter
  3. You should see various sections of information pertaining to different adapters
    1. You will have to look for the entries for your wired network adapter or your wireless network adapter
    2. The MAC addresses should be found next to the word HWaddr


Mobile Devices

UI Tabs


UI Tab
titleApple iOS (iPhone & iPad)
  1. Tap on Settings, then tap on Wi-Fi
  2. Making sure the Wi-Fi toggle is turned on, click the small Info ("i") icon next to the wireless network you are attaching to
  3. The device mac address is listed next to Wi-Fi Address


UI Tab
titleApple watchOS

From your iPhone the watch is linked to...

  1. On your iPhone find and tap the Watch app
  2. Tap General, then tap About
  3. The device mac address is listed next to Wi-Fi Address


UI Tab
titleAndroid

Android comes in many different version that may have slight differences in their menus and interfaces. Below we will list different variations of steps and menus you can try. If you still have problems finding your Android device's mac address, please contact our Help Desk.

Variation 1

  1. Tap and open Settings, then tap Connections, then tap Wi-Fi
  2. Tap the vertical dot menu () and then tap Advanced (it might just say Advanced and not have the vertical dot menu, if so just click Advanced)
  3. Scroll to the bottom of this page and you should see the MAC address listed

Variation 2

  1. Tap and open Settings, then tap About Device (on some phones it may say About Phone)
  2. Tap Status
  3. The MAC address should be listed under Wi-Fi MAC address

Variation 3

  1. Tap and open Settings
  2. Tap on Wireless & Networks  (or tap on About Device)
  3. Tap on Wi-Fi Settings (or tap Hardware Info)
  4. Tap the menu button and choose Advanced. The MAC address should be listed here.



Gaming Consoles

UI Tabs


UI Tab
titlePlaystation

PS3

  1. From the Main Menu go into Settings
  2. Select System Settings
  3. Select System Information
  4. You should find the MAC addresses listed here

PS4

  1. From the Main Menu go to the Settings tab
  2. Scroll down and select Network
  3. Scroll down and select View Connection Status
  4. You should find the MAC addresses listed here

PS5 - Coming soon!


UI Tab
titleXbox

Xbox 360

  1. From the Xbox Dashboard go into My Xbox
  2. Select System Settings
  3. Select Network Settings
  4. Select Configure Network
  5. On the Additional Settings tab, select Advanced Settings
  6. You should find the MAC addresses listed here

Xbox One

  1. From the home screen select Settings
  2. Select Network
  3. Select Advanced Settings
  4. You should find the MAC addresses listed here

Xbox Series X - Coming soon!


UI Tab
titleNintendo

Wii

  1. From the Wii Menu select Wii Options
  2. Select Wii Settings
  3. On the second page, select Wii System Settings
  4. Select Internet
  5. Select Console Information
  6. You should find the MAC address listed here

Wii U

  1. From the Wii U Menu select System Settings
  2. Select Internet
  3. Select View Mac Address
  4. You should find the MAC address listed here

Switch

  1. From the Home Menu select System Settings
  2. Select Internet
  3. You should find the MAC address here

3DS

  1. Select System Settings
  2. Select Internet Settings
  3. Select Other Information
  4. Select Confirm MAC Address
  5. You should find the MAC address here



Streaming Media Devices

UI Tabs


UI Tab
titleAppleTV

Variation 1

  1. From the main menu select Settings
  2. Select About
  3. The mac addresses (wired and/or wireless) should be displayed

Variation 2

  1. From the main menu select Settings
  2. Select General
  3. Select Network (you may have to select About instead)
  4. The mac addresses (wired and/or wireless) should be displayed


UI Tab
titleAmazon Fire Stick / TV
  1. From the main menu select Settings
  2. Select System
  3. Select About
  4. Scroll down to Network
  5. The mac addresses (wired and/or wireless) should be displayed


UI Tab
titleGoogle Chromecast

Variation 1 (getting the mac address during setup)

  1. During setup you should get to a "Connect to Wi-Fi" menu. At this menu, select More
  2. Select Show Mac Address

Variation 2 (getting the mac address after setup)

  1. Open the Google Home app
  2. Select your device from the list
  3. Select Settings
  4. Scroll down and you should find the mac address info



What if my device isn't listed?

UI Tabs


UI Tab
titleHelp - My device isn't listed

Due to the large number of vendors and devices, its hard to list instructions for every single device. Here are some suggestions...

  • In general there should be a Settings menu somewhere (or an About section, or a Network section) where you can usually find mac address info. You can dig around your settings and see what you can find.
  • Google can helpful! Try googling the name of your device along with "find mac address." (For example, you could try googling "how do I find visio tv mac address")
  • You can also check the manufacturers website or documentation

Still having trouble? No worries... We are here to help! Contact our Help Desk and they can help you figure out how to obtain your device's MAC address.

Help Desk Phone: 719-255-4357

Help Desk Email: helpdesk@uccs.edu

Help Desk Online Chat: https://oit.uccs.edu/get-help

Help Desk Physical Location: EPC 108 which is the 1st Floor of the El Pomar Center (which is below the Library).