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How to Change Your MAC Address in Windows 10 (and Why You Might Want To)

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Windows 10 includes the ability to edit the physical address (MAC) for your network adapters. Find out how to do it and why you would want to.

As we’ve explained in our article on how to find your MAC address, a MAC address serves as a permanent, physical identifier for any device that connects to a network. That includes your phone, your router, your computer, your printer, your Apple TV, anything that connects to your internet. If your computer has an Ethernet port and a WiFi adapter, you have two MAC addresses: one for Ethernet and one for wireless.

MAC addresses are useful for identifying devices on a network. For home users, you might use MAC filtering to restrict access to your WiFi network.  The reason that a MAC address works better for these administrative tasks is that, unlike IP addresses, the MAC address doesn’t change.

Or at least it’s not supposed to.

The MAC address is “burned-in” to the physical device at the factory. But it’s fairly simple to change your MAC address by “spoofing” it as another MAC address.

Why would you want to do this?

MAC spoofing can be used maliciously to circumvent network controls, but it’s really only effective for blacklists—that is if someone specifically blocked your device from the network. For whitelists, you’d have to know the MAC address of a specific device you’re trying to spoof.

Changing your MAC address has legitimate uses as well. You can use it to test your own MAC filtering settings. Or you can use it to assign specific rules to a set of devices within a certain MAC address range.

At any rate, the fact that you’ve read this far means you probably have a vested interest in changing your MAC address. So, without further ado, here’s how to do it.

Edit Your Network Adapters MAC Address to Bypass Network Restrictions in Windows 10

Press Windows key + X on your keyboard then click Device Manager. Expand Network adapters, right-click your Ethernet or Wireless adapter then click Properties.

Select the Advanced tab. Within the Property box, scroll down then select Locally Administered Address then select the Value radio box; there you will see your adapters MAC address. To edit the address, click in the value box then clear its contents then enter a new address. A Mac address consists of six pairs of hexadecimal digits. Enter a new set without the hyphens, click OK then restart your computer.

Did it work? Let’s find out.

To confirm the change, open Start, type: CMD, right-click CMD then click Run as administrator.

At the command prompt, type: ipconfig/all then hit Enter to check the physical address.

You can also open Start > Settings > Network & Internet, click the connection name then scroll down to view the Physical address (MAC).

It doesn’t get any easier than that. Drop a line in the comments and let us know what you think.

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Bengt Sjöborg  

    There is no chance you accidentally hi jacks another device’s MAC address thereby causing all kind of trouble?

    • duderino  

      Accidentally? Do you know how high the chance for that is?
      I do know, its 1/(1,741713362 × 10^10), so pretty darn small.

  2. Willy Fontana  

    I have encountered sort of a curiosity regarding MAC addresses:
    After a Windows Update two machines with very similar hardware and Windows 10 Pro presented the same MAC address! After going crazy for a while, I just simply changed the MAC address on one machine and all worked out.
    Before the upgrade both machines were working perfectly in the same LAN, connected to the same switch.
    Thank you for your attention. The motherboard is ASUS with an embedded NIC.

  3. Dennis Thompson  

    Realtek Network Adapters do not have this parameter, at least not with the driver I have installed.

    • Computer Chip  

      Finally. Were you able to change or “spoof” your MAC address by some other method?

  4. Andrew Ogle  

    Can’t change mac, I have a Belkin adapter because motherboard doesn’t come with Wi-Fi so in properties for the adapter there is no locally administered address or much of anything really. It has 3 options in the box, 802.11d, Beacon Interval, and Wireless Mode. Please help thank you.

  5. Asuka Jr.  

    Same issue: no ‘Locally Administered Address’ setting. I’m on an ASUS laptop with an ‘Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-N 7260’ WiFi built in…

  6. How can we confirm that it is spoofed? after changing mac address i can’t see it changed in CMD.

    • Eriem  

      I suggest restarting the computer before you check command prompt with “ipconfig /all”
      Worked for me.

  7. Jono  

    What about changing a MAC address on a Mac? (Macbook Pro)

  8. Nick  

    Many modern network adapters lacking this option in driver’s settings, but thanks to new Windows 10 options app – there is in “Networks” you can find option for randomizing physical address for you network adapter while connecting to new networks (maybe Wi-Fi only?).

  9. Johannes Smith  

    Thanks. It worked. We got 2 new machines at work and for some strange reason both had the same physical address and also the same ip address, causing all kinds of problems. I did as you said and all works well.

  10. Michael Root  

    If you don’t see option for “locally administered address”, use: Advanced>Network Address, and enter MAC address with no colons.
    I verified change using Wireshark.

  11. Starry Wizdom  

    This “How to” is the only link posted in answer to a question where at least 355 users of Windows 10 who want to know why our MAC addresses keep changing even though we have “use random hardware addresses” set to OFF in our “Network & Internet” options. https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/windows-10-laptop-wifi-mac-address-keeps-changing/f5473deb-2d56-4407-91db-979c5d29cc56 (link to the question) The user who posted the link to this “How to” says it tells how to set a static MAC address, but I only see how to change my MAC address here. Did I miss something? Thank you so much!

  12. The Guy With Internet Problems  

    Its not showing “Locally Administered Address” on my list here, do you know what the problem might be?

  13. TroubledTeen  

    How long does this last? Until I restart my computer? How do I reset it?

  14. TroubledTeen  

    I see no “Locally Administered Address” option… the closest thing is labeled “Network Address”

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