If you ever have to call tech support for any issue that’s even tangentially related to networking or Internet connectivity, you’ll likely be asked to provide your machine’s MAC address.
Just so there’s no confusion, MAC addresses aren’t necessarily associated with Apple’s MAC line of computers.
Yes, Mac desktop computers and MacBooks have MAC addresses, but so do Windows PCs, Linux boxes, Android devices, iPhones and every other such device that connects to a network.
In short, a device’s MAC address is a unique identifying code that’s assigned to every network interface adapter in a device. The Mac address is used to identify that particular device to all the other devices on the network, and on the Internet.
Luckily, it’s very easy to find the MAC address that currently in use on a Window 11 PC. Here’s how:
1 – Right-click on the Start button and select Settings from the menu.
2 – Click on Network & internet over in the left-hand pane.
You should now see the network that’s currently active listed at the top of the right hand pane. On my PC it’s simply listed as Ethernet, which means my PC is connected to the router via a wired Ethernet connection.
If it was connected to a WiFi network instead you would see the name of the WiFi network in place of the word Ethernet.
3 – Click Properties to view the properties of the current network connection, then scroll all the way down to the very bottom. That last entry is the MAC address of the networking adapter that’s currently in use on this machine.
That’s all there is to it. Now you know how to quickly get the MAC address on your Windows 11 PC.
If you prefer following visual instructions, here’s a short video that shows how to do this. Just watch and follow along.
Note: You can watch this video at full screen by clicking the little “square” icon in the lower-right corner of the video after it begins playing.