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How To Change MAC Address On iPhone

Changing your iPhone MAC address is like changing its identity. Say, you have an iPhone 12 pro max, golden color and then you automatically change it overnight to become the same iPhone 12 pro max but now with a black color.

You’ll notice that your friends or family members who already knew what color of iPhone you had will find it difficult to believe it’s still the same phone.

That’s the effect changing your MAC address gives. Networks you have connected to before changing the MAC address will not recognize your device as the same iPhone after you change the MAC address. In this article, you’ll learn how to change MAC addresses on iPhone the easy way, no jailbreaking.

How To Change MAC Address On iPhone

A MAC address will remain permanent for your iPhone, however you can change it temporarily to serve a purpose for which you want it to. This simply means that the new MAC address will not replace the position of the phone’s MAC address, hence can be reverted to your original iPhone MAC address.

This was not possible on the iPhone some years ago, I’m talking about iPhone models running IOS versions lower than IOS 14. The only way to change the MAC address on iPhone then was to do the very thing Apple detests a 100 percent – Jail-breaking.

Don’t worry, no one’s talking about jail-breaking today. Follow the methods  below to easily change your MAC address on iPhone.

Enable MAC Address Randomization

If you have MAC address Randomization enabled on your iPhone, then you’ll automatically be assigned a different MAC address every time you connect to a WIFI network. 

Truth is, this feature should already be turned on for your device as it comes as a default setting if you run IOS 14 or later. It was only until the release of IOS 14 that Apple made the frequent changing of MAC addresses too easy to be true as it only takes turning on a switch in the Settings application. 

Again, this option comes as a default as soon as you upgrade to IOS 14, but if for any reasons it’s not active on your iPhone, follow the below guide to turn it back on;

  • Open iPhone Settings
  • Tap on Wi-Fi
  • You’ll find a list of Wi-Fi networks you have connected to, tap on the network that’s currently in use.
  • Tap on the info icon denoted ‘i’ positioned to the right of the WIFI network you’re connected to.
  • Scroll down, find the Private WIFI address option
  • Toggle the switch to the right on

And that’s all you have to do. You’ll notice before toggling the switch to the ON position that the WIFI address information just beneath the Private WIFI address option had a different string of letters and numbers just before you toggled on the switch. 

This MAC address randomization effect will continue as you connect to a public or private WIFI network.

Spoof MAC address using your computer

This works well especially if your original iPhone MAC address has been blocked from using a particular network by the network administrators. What you can do to connect your iPhone back is to use a computer or laptop as an indirection.

Basically, the idea is to make the network recognize just your laptop’s MAC address while your iPhone in turn connects to the laptop without being recognized by the network. The laptop serves as a tethering device posing as the only device connected to the WIFI network while relaying the network to your iPhone. 

Note however that the changed MAC address is temporary and will stop taking effect as soon as you disconnect from the laptop.

What Is The MAC Address For An iPhone?

To make things clear from the start, the concept of MAC address has nothing to do with the Apple Mac computer. This has often been misplaced by a lot of people and surely they can not be blamed.

In the least technical term, an iPhone MAC address is just as the tail word suggests – an address. For your iPhone to send and receive data to and from a public or private WI-FI network you have connected to, it first has to be recognized by the router from where the signal is coming off. 

Once your router takes note of your iPhone MAC address, it’s now able to deliver packets of data to your iPhone directly, right where your iPhone is located. It does this by using the specially designated address for your iPhone called the MAC address. 

This is why no two iPhones will share the same MAC address. It’s a unique string of six groups of two digits or characters, separated by colons or dashes.

With that length and combination of letters, numbers and special characters, there’s more than enough MAC address that can be generated for every unit of iPhone ever made through permutation.

Don’t get it twisted, your MAC address is not the same as IP address. Although both are addresses and basically do the same thing as have been explained, they serve different purposes. 

A simple way to distinguish both would be to know that your MAC address tells your iPhone hardware how to communicate with another hardware while the IP address tells how software elsewhere will communicate with your iPhone software. 

Is The Wi-Fi Address The Same As The MAC Address?

Yes, the Wi-Fi address is the same as the MAC address. There have been misconceptions about this concept in the past, but that’s because some people have failed to understand the concept of the MAC address. 

On your iPhone, you may never find anywhere a MAC address is written, what you find instead is a WIFI address. While some mobile phone manufactures have gone ahead to denote it as a MAC address, Apple just to make things clear on the iPhone have chosen to denote it as the WIFI address which is a lot more friendlier. 

It goes without saying that the reason for this would be that Apple didn’t want people to associate the MAC address with MacOS or Mac computers.

To find your MAC or address on iPhone follow the below guide;

  • Open iPhone Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Tap on About
  • You’ll find a list of options displaying strings of letters and numbers. The one titled Wi-Fi Address is your MAC address.

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Can A MAC Address Be Changed On iPhone?

Yes, you can change your Mac address on iPhone, but also NO, you can’t change your iPhone MAC address. I’ll explain. 

It’s possible to have your MAC address changed only temporarily by spoofing it. This way, your iPhone is assigned a different MAC address other than the original. Thanks to IOS 14 for allowing the MAC address randomization feature. 

The major reason for allowing this feature was for Apple to protect and increase the privacy of her users when connected to a public network.

If you do not already know, anyone who’s at the backend of a public WIFI network you’re connected to can easily track your movement. This is what marketers have thrived with for years.

On the other hand, NO, you can’t change your MAC address. If spoofing or IOS 14 MAC address randomizing only assigns you a temporary MAC address, then it goes without saying that there’s a permanent MAC address that cannot be changed.

Your iPhone, every device is assigned a MAC address from the manufacturing line and there’s nothing you can do to change it.

 

Conclusion

You may need to have your MAC address changed for many reasons, but the reason that makes the top of the list from Apple perspective is security and privacy.

You leave a lot of personal info all the time you have connected to a WIFI network with your bare MAC address. But I hope that changes from this moment, use the steps provided above on how to change MAC address on iPhone to go anonymous.

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