iOS 14: How to Use a Private MAC Address on iPhone and iPad

One feature that Apple has added to iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and watchOS 7 is the ability to use a private MAC address. Here’s where to find the setting.

Private MAC address

A support access control (MAC) is a unique identifier for Wi-Fi devices. Changing it is not an easy task until the latest Apple operating systems make it easier. The new setting will rotate your MAC address from time to time as an anti-tracking feature.

In some situations, a static MAC address is preferable:

  • Sometimes a network allows you to join with a private address, but you will not be able to connect to the Internet
  • Some features like parental controls require a static MAC address

Apple allows you to selectively enable or disable a private MAC address for each network you connect to.

Activate private MAC address on iPhone, iPad

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Wireless.
  • Press the blue “i” icon next to your Wi-Fi network.
  • Turn on the switch next to Private address.
  • Enable private MAC address on Apple Watch

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Wireless.
  • Tap the name of your network to which you are connected. If you are not connected to one, press the three dots icon.
  • Then press Private MAC.
  • Screenshot showing how to enable watchOS 7 private MAC address

    So far, this feature does not seem to be included in macOS Big Sur.

    Keywords: iOS 14, iPadOS, privacy, watchOS 7, wifi

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