Understanding how to find the Media Access Control (MAC) address of your MacBook is essential for network troubleshooting, setting up a network, or when configuring MAC address filtering on your network. In this guide, we’ll take you through the simple steps of locating your MAC address on your MacBook.
Step 1: Open System Preferences
Click on the Apple logo situated at the top-left corner of your screen. A drop-down menu will appear. Click on “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. This will open up the System Preferences window.
Step 2: Open Network Preferences
In the System Preferences window, find and click on the “Network” icon. This will open up the Network window.
Step 3: Choose your network
On the left panel of the Network window, click on the network connection that you wish to find the MAC address for. This could either be Wi-Fi or Ethernet, depending on your connection.
Step 4: Open Advanced Settings
On the bottom-right corner of the Network window, click on the “Advanced” button. This will open up a new window with advanced options for your selected network connection.
Step 5: Find the MAC address
Click on the “Hardware” tab from the top menu of the Advanced window. Your MAC address will be displayed in this tab as the “MAC Address” field.
Your MAC address will look something like this: 00:00:00:00:00:00. This is a unique identifier for your device on a network.
Quick Method using Terminal
If you are comfortable using the Terminal, you can also quickly find the MAC address by running a simple command.
open Terminal (Applications > Utilities > Terminal), type: "networksetup -listallhardwareports", press enter.
This will list all the hardware ports along with their MAC addresses.
Finding the MAC address on your MacBook is as simple as following these steps. Whether you need it for network troubleshooting or configuring your network, this guide has got you covered!