Where can you find your Alexa MAC address? To start off, Alexa doesn’t actually have one! It is your Echo Dot that has a MAC address. You might need the MAC address to identify a device in your network, or force connect/pair to a device or a few other reasons. Keep reading to figure out where to find it!
What is a MAC address?
Your MAC address is the address of your device. The acronym stands for Media Access Control. The MAC address for your device is the same as a physical address for your home. Like an address tells you where your home is located in the city, a MAC address tells you where your device is on the network of devices in your home or office! Each device has its own unique MAC address.
To give you a better picture of what your device’s MAC address should look like, it’s a 12-digit number. To make it easier to read, the number is separated with a colon or hyphen after every second digit.
The MAC address is not only related to the device, but also the network interface of your device. Thus, if your device has two network interfaces, it will have two MAC addresses.
MAC address of Alexa or Echo?
Alexa cannot have a MAC address on its own because it is not a device. When you’re talking about Alexa, you are talking about software, like Siri. Imagine any program installed on your phone or laptop. They cannot have a MAC address because they don’t exist independent of a device.
When you’re searching for a MAC address, you need to look at the device your Alexa is installed in. In most cases, it is the Echo Dot Amazon speaker.
How to find Alexa's MAC Address?
As we already established, you can’t find Alexa’s MAC address. Alexa is not a device, so it doesn’t have one. You have to look for your Echo device’s MAC address. The good news is, it’s very easy to find!
All you need is your Echo device and your phone. Before you start, make sure to download the Alexa app and set up your device. Here is how you can find the device’s MAC address:
- If you haven’t yet, set up your Echo device.
- Open the Amazon Alexa app on your phone.
- Tap on “Devices” at the bottom of your screen.
- Tap on “Echo & Alexa” at the top of your screen.
- Select the device the MAC address of which you are looking for.
- Scroll down and click on “About”.
- You will see a bunch of specifications for the device. The last one, titled “Mac Address” is what you’re looking for.
Finding the Mac address without Wi-Fi
What if you don’t have access to the internet at the moment? Is there any other way to find out your device’s MAC address? Yes, there is!
You don’t need your Alexa app and Echo device to find out what its address is. All you need is the box the device came in. You will find the 12-digit code on the box you got your Echo Dot in. You will recognize the code right away, as there will be a colon or hyphen after every digit.
Why would you need the Mac Address?
Knowing the MAC address of your device is not necessary in most cases. That is especially so because you can easily find it whenever you need it. However, it might come in handy in some situations.
The obvious reason for knowing it is that it helps you identify the device. Of course, you can also do that with the name of the device if you are looking it up in a user-friendly application. However, if you’re looking up a device in the settings, the address will come in handy.
It allows your device to communicate with Wi-Fi. You can use it to find out which network the device is connected to and switch between networks.
Now you know how easy it is to find the MAC address of your Echo device! There are very few cases in which you actually need the address. When you do, you know where to find it. Use your phone or find the box your Echo device came in!