How to Disable Random MAC Addresses on Android

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For better privacy, devices running Android 10 or later use a random Wi-Fi MAC address by default. In some cases, you may want to disable this feature. Here’s how.

Why Disable Random MAC Wi-Fi on Android?

For most people, it is acceptable to leave random MAC addresses enabled. It’s a privacy and security feature that makes you harder to track.

A good reason to disable it, however, is if you use MAC filtering on your router. In this case, if your device uses a random MAC address, your router will not be able to identify your device and you will not be able to use MAC-specific settings for your device.

Also, if your router is configured to always assign a certain static IP address to a device on your local network, you will need to bind that IP address to the MAC address of a certain device.

RELATED: Why You Shouldn’t Use MAC Address Filtering on Your Wi-Fi Router

How to Disable Random MAC Addresses on Android

It’s easy to enable or disable a random MAC address whenever you want. But before you do that, be aware that various Android models and versions use different names for certain settings options. For example, a OnePlus phone says “Wi-Fi & Network” and a Samsung says “Connections”, but they both take you to the same Wi-Fi settings menu.

With that in mind, open the “Settings” app on your Android phone. On most phones, pull down from the top of your screen and tap the gear icon to open Settings. You can also open your app list and tap “Settings”.

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Tap the gear to launch Settings on Android.

In Settings, tap “Wi-Fi & Network” (or “Connections” or “Network & Internet” depending on your device).

Faucet "Wi-Fi and network."

Next, tap “Wi-Fi” to view your Wi-Fi networks.

Faucet "Wireless"

When you see your Wi-Fi network name listed, tap the gear icon next to it.

Tap the gear next to the name of your Wi-Fi network.

Then tap “Advanced”. Then tap on “Privacy”.

On OnePlus and Pixel phones, select “Use Device MAC”. If you are using a Samsung device, tap “MAC address type” and choose “Phone MAC”. If your device is different from the two, look for a similar option that says “MAC” and enable it.

Faucet "Use device MAC address" in the menu.

That’s it! Exit out of settings and you’re done. Be sure to follow this procedure for each Wi-Fi network where you want to use the phone’s real MAC address.

If you’re using an iPhone or iPad, your device also randomizes the MAC address. Luckily, you can disable this option on your Apple devices as well.

RELATED: How to Disable Private Wi-Fi MAC Addresses on iPhone and iPad

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