How do I find the MAC address on my mobile device?

How do I find the MAC address on my mobile device?

 

Aimed at: Edinburgh Napier Staff and Students

 

Your device unique identifier is called a MAC address. On mobile devices it can also be referred to as Wi-Fi Address.

It is a 12 digit string which will include numbers and letters. It will also be separated with colon.  

Here is an example of how a MAC address will look:  00:11:00:AA:BB:88

Here are some guidelines on popular devices on how find your mobile devices MAC address.

iOS

  • From the home screen, open Settings.
  • Select General.
  • Select About.
  • Scroll down to Wi-Fi Address - this is your device's MAC address.

Android

  • Open the Settings menu.
  • Scroll down and select About phone.
  • Select Status (or Hardware information).
  • Scroll down to Wi-Fi MAC address - this is your device's MAC address.

Windows Phone (version 7 or higher)

  • From the Windows Phone home screen, swipe left to reveal more icons. Scroll down and tap Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap About.
  • In the About screen, tap More Info.

Windows 7

To find the MAC on a Windows 7 laptop, choose one of the options below.

Option 1:

  • Open the Network and Sharing Centre
  • Go to Local Area Connection
  • Choose Details 
  • Select Physical Address

Option 2:

  • Open a command prompt (Start/Accessories/Command Prompt OR Start menu/Run and type CMD).
  • Type in ipconfig /all

 
You will see the “Physical Address” listed – this is your MAC address.

Windows 10

To find the MAC on a Windows 10 laptop, choose one of the options below.

Option 1:

  • Open the Network and Sharing Centre
  • Choose Local Area Connection
  • Select Details
  • See Physical Address

Option 2:

  • Search "network connections" in the taskbar and select "View network connections."(Or navigate to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections).
  • Right-click on your network connection and select "Status."
  • Click the "Details" button. Locate the Physical Address.
  • The value for the physical address in the Network Connection Details window is your MAC address.

macOS

To find the MAC on a macOS, choose one of the options below.

Option 1:

  • Select System Preferences from the Apple menu at the top left of your screen.
  • Click Network from the System Preferences window.
  • Choose Wi-Fi from the list of interfaces on the left and click the Advanced button.
  • Choose the Hardware tab under which you will see the MAC address of your wireless card.
  • Press Cancel to return to the Network menu. Choose Ethernet from the list of interfaces on the left and click the Advanced button.
  • Choose the Hardware tab under which you will see the MAC address of your Ethernet card.

Option 2

  • Launch Terminal from the Applications: Utilities folder.
  • Type ifconfig into the Terminal window and press the Enter/Return key.
  • You will be shown data on all your interfaces.
  • On systems with both an Ethernet and wireless connection, en0 will be your Ethernet interface and en1 will be your wireless interface. A MAC address will be shown for both en0 and en1 and likely labelled as "ether".
  • On systems with just a wireless connection, en0 will be your wireless interface. The MAC address for en0 will likely be labelled as "ether".

 

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