FAQ: How do I find my wireless MAC address?

When reporting an issue, it is very helpful to us if you can tell us your computer’s wireless MAC address.

A media access control (MAC) address contains 12 characters, consisting of numbers and letters. It is a globally unique identifier assigned to network devices. Your MAC address may have characters separated by a colon, dash, or a space. External wireless cards may have the MAC address printed on their label.

However, if your computer has an internal wireless card, you’ll have to search for the MAC address in your operating system.

This page has instructions for the following types of device, please scroll down to the one which matches yours!

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • iPhone / iPad / iPod touch
  • Android

Finding your MAC address on Windows

Windows 7, 8, and 10

    1. Click on the Windows logo (the Start Menu) in the bottom left corner.
    2. In the search box, type cmd and press enter.
    3. In the command prompt, type getmac and press enter/return.
    4. The Physical Address will be your MAC address.

Finding your MAC address on macOS

(10.9.x and above)

  1. Click on the Apple Menu in the top-left corner of your screen, and choose the System Preferences menu item.
  2. Click on Network.
  3. Click on Wi-Fi.
  4. Click the Advanced button.
  5. The Wi-Fi Address is your wireless MAC address.

Finding your MAC address on Linux

  1. Open a terminal window (Terminal may be found in the Accessories menu on Ubuntu systems).
  2. Type the following in to the terminal window:
    ifconfig -a
    and then press enter.
  3. Several lines of text should appear. MAC addresses may be labelled with HWaddr or ether or lladdr and are six pairs of characters separated by colons (e.g. 00:21:32:43:54:65). The wireless MAC address is the one corresponding to your wireless interface which may be ath0 or wlan0 or eth1 or similar. If you are contacting the IT Service Desk copying all of the text would be helpful.On some newer linux distributions, ifconfig isn’t available. ip link gives similar output, and the mac address is contained in the link/ether lines. Again, If you are contacting the IT Service Desk copying all of the text would be helpful.

Finding your MAC address on an iPhone / iPad / iPod touch

  1. Open Settings
  2. Navigate as follows: General » About » Wi-Fi Address
  3. The “Wi-Fi Address” is your MAC address.

Finding your MAC address on Android

  1. Open Settings
  2. Navigate as follows: About phone » Hardware information » Wi-Fi MAC Address
  3. The “Wi-Fi MAC Address” is your MAC address.

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