MAC (Media Access Control) Address, hard-coded hexadecimal unique ID consists of 12 digits comes on your mobile system. MAC Address helps in identifying a specific device over the cluster of devices when connected to a single network. For users who may ask how does this work? For instance, if you surf from your Android device on the web using a WiFi network, you can only set up a connection and transfer data over the network once the WiFi device has your device’s MAC address.
A MAC address consists of hexadecimal characters ranging from 0-9 or A-F and looks like XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX, where X is a character. For example, a MAC address could be 3C:7B:8A:2M:4R:5Y where the first 6 digits define the manufacturer and the last 6 digits your interface card make. Someone can block your device’s MAC to prevent it from connecting to their network router and thus changing your MAC is only the option left. MAC addresses can also be blocked to enhance privacy/security and avoid duplication.
Changing MAC Address on Android
So, in this article, we are going to guide you how to change MAC address on your Android without performing or promoting any illegal practices or activity to give you a brief idea of the concept. Changing MAC address can be for many reasons like if your Internet Service Provider provides the services to set of MAC addresses stored in its system and you have bought a new phone. So for getting access to the services with already saved MAC can be done using these simple steps. However, MAC address can be changed via many other prohibited practices while we intend to show genuine and legitimate steps to do it without rooting your phone. Moreover, if your device is rooted, changing MAC address is secure and can be done using many apps available on the Play Store. Although, rooting your phone can lead to data loss or improper functioning of your device. Although is a temporary method to change your MAC, if you want to change it permanently you will have root your device.So, here I'm explaining how to change MAC Address of your smartphone without even rooting it:
How to change MAC Address of smartphones without Rooting
Go to Settings
Select WiFi option under Settings
Locate the MAC address of your smartphone by moving on Advance settings
To change this MAC Address, you need to download this App Terminal Emulator (download from here)
Steps after Installation of Terminal Emulator App
Open this App once you completely Install it
Open the Terminal Window on this app and type the following command: ip link
Look for the MAC address that you saw on your smartphone
We can change the MAC address as we already know the address and the connection name using the terminal. However, before you change it, you should have a known valid MAC address, or you can also generate using this link.
Once you have new MAC Address, again open the Terminal Window
Use the following command if your connection address is “wlan0”: ip link set wlan0 address XX:XX:XX:YY:YY:YY, where XX:XX:XX:YY:YY:YY is the MAC address you want to set.
One important thing you have to keep in mind that the manufacturer name should be unchanged which changing the address, i.e., XX:XX:XX (first 6 digits), otherwise you might face some severe authentication issues.
Now your MAC address is changed temporarily and will revert to the original MAC address once you restart your device.
However, this trick is very useful but do not use until you fall under deep circumstances. Always know the consequences before doing such things. Have a nice day ahead!