In this tutorial, we will learn how to find the MAC address on a MacBook. The MAC address, short for Media Access Control address, is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on a network.
Step 1: Open System Preferences
To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the Spotlight search (press Command + Space) and type “System Preferences” to quickly locate it.
Step 2: Select Network
In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Network” icon. This will open the Network settings panel.
Step 3: Choose Your Network Connection
In the Network settings panel, you will see a list of available network connections on the left-hand side. Select the connection for which you want to find the MAC address. It could be Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or any other connection that is currently active.
Step 4: View Advanced Options
After selecting your desired network connection, click on the “Advanced..” button located at the bottom right corner of the Network settings panel.
Step 5: Locate MAC Address
In the Advanced settings window that appears, navigate to the “Hardware” or “Ethernet” tab. Here you will find your MAC address listed under different names such as “MAC Address,” “Ethernet ID,” or “Physical Address.” The format of MAC addresses is typically six pairs of hexadecimal digits separated by colons or hyphens (e.g., XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX).
- If you have multiple network interfaces enabled, such as Ethernet and Wi-Fi, make sure to select the correct one to view its MAC address.
- If you are using a USB-to-Ethernet adapter, the MAC address may be specific to that adapter rather than your MacBook’s built-in Ethernet port.
Step 6: Copy or Note Down the MAC Address
Once you have located the MAC address, you can either copy it by selecting the text and pressing Command + C or note it down for future reference.
That’s it! You have successfully found the MAC address on your MacBook. This unique identifier can be useful for various networking purposes, such as setting up access control lists or troubleshooting network connectivity issues.
Remember to always handle your MAC address with care and avoid sharing it with untrusted sources to maintain network security.