How to Find MAC Address on iPhone?

Every device with Internet connectivity, whether Wi-Fi, cellular, Ethernet, or Bluetooth, has a physical address, also known as a MAC address. Many users heard about IP addresses (an address in a network), but not everyone knows about MAC addresses. Also, MAC address has nothing to do with macOS or Macintosh – even Windows laptops or devices without operating systems have MAC addresses.

You do not need to find the mac address on your iPhone to keep it working. Still, there are situations when finding a MAC address on iPhone is necessary to configure or troubleshoot a network. For example, you can use MAC addresses to limit or block specific devices in your network. iPhone MAC address and physical address of any other connected device never change (it isn’t easy to replace or modify a MAC address), which makes it a convenient tool for network configuration. This article will show you how to find MAC address on iPhone or iPad.

Note. Your iPhone and iPad have several radio modules operating simultaneously, each with a unique MAC address. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi do not share the same MAC address on iPhone.

Find MAC address on iPhone

Answering how to find MAC address on iPhone requires navigating to the general settings on your device. There you can find all the basic information about your device, including details about network modules, such as IP and MAC addresses.

  1. Open Settings and go to the General section.
  2. Tap About.
  3. Scroll down and find the Wi-Fi Address field. That is your Wi-Fi MAC address on your iPhone. how to find mac address on iphone
  4. Below the Wi-Fi Address field, you will find the Bluetooth MAC address of your iPhone.

If you use iOS 14 and newer, it is possible that the MAC address in the About section will not match the address your iPhone reports to your router. In such a case, you need to check the correct MAC address by doing the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to the Wi-Fi section.
  2. Tap the i button next to your current Wi-Fi network. Tip: Sometimes iPhones and iPads report the “Weak Security” or “Privacy Warning” error. We have a dedicated article describing how to fix the privacy warning error on iPhone.
  3. Scroll down and find the Wi-Fi Address field with the MAC address of your iPhone. how to find the mac address on iphone

Here is why the MAC addresses do not match.

Mismatching MAC Addresses on iPhone

iOS is a privacy-focused operating system with many tools and tricks to limit network tracking and data collection. Using a private Wi-Fi address is one of the ways your iPhone improves privacy as your browse the internet. Every time you connect to a new network, iPhone creates a unique MAC address, preventing network operators and observers from profiling your device using its individual MAC address.

If you want to ensure that your iPhone uses its original MAC address and it does not change it upon connecting to a specific network, here is what you need to do:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to the Wi-Fi section.
  2. Tap the button with the letter i next to your current Wi-Fi network.
  3. Scroll down and toggle off the Private Wi-Fi Address option. After that, your iPhone will reconnect to the network. find mac address on iphone

Note that after disabling Private Wi-Fi Address you will see a Wi-Fi Privacy Warning message on the iPhone. Enable Private Wi-Fi Address to remove that message.

Cyril Kardashevsky

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