Find Your IP and MAC Address on Windows

What is an IP address?

An IP address is a unique numerical label assigned to each device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol (IP) for communication. You will most likely see an IPv4 address written in the format XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX. IPv6 is not normally used outside of service providers and special configurations. 

What is a MAC address?

A MAC (Media Access Control) address also referred to as a Physical or Hardware Address is a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications at the data link layer of a network segment. It's embedded in the device's hardware and used for identifying devices within a network. Unlike IP addresses, MAC addresses are typically fixed and specific to each device's network interface. MAC Addresses are six hexadecimal digits in the form XX XX XX XX XX XX separated by colons, dashes, or spaces

Windows 11

  1. Select Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Properties

  2. Look for your IP address listed next to IPv4 address.

  3. Look for your MAC address listed next to Physical Address

Windows 10

Select Start > Settings > Network & Internet

tap Properties button

Your IP will be listed next to IPv4 Address and MAC will be listed as Physical Address

Other Methods

Open a command prompt by tapping the start button and typing cmd then ENTER

At the prompt type ipconfig then ENTER. Your IP will be listed next to IPv4 Address

To get a list of all MAC addresses, in the same command prompt type getmac then ENTER. The address followed by \Device\Tcpip_ is your active interface.
To verify or narrow this down to only the active address type wmic nic where netenabled=true get macaddress then ENTER

For a full network readout, at a command prompt type ipconfig /all followed by ENTER

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