To identify you and your device, cell carriers use a 10-digit Mobile Identification Number. A Media Access Control address (MAC) is used for wireless networks to distinguish your device from other users.
We previously wrote about MAC addresses and how to locate the network identifier on Macs and PCs. This tutorial will cover some methods that can be used to locate the MAC address for an iPhone or iPad.
A MAC address is an alphanumeric combination consisting of 12 hexadecimal characters grouped together by a column. Some devices allow you to separate the paired characters using a dash (-), while others leave space between them.
You may need the MAC address of your iPhone or iPad for many reasons. You could use it to monitor data usage on your home network. You will need to know the MAC address of any device that you wish to prioritize when setting up a Quality of Service filter on your router. You want to restrict access to a particular device in your network. The MAC address of the device may be required by your router.
Let’s take a look at how to find the MAC address for an iPhone or iPad.
1. Check out the iPhone and iPad Info Menu
Navigate to Settings > General about in the Settings app. Scroll down to the section on the network. In the WiFi Address section, you’ll find your iPhone’s MAC address.
2. The Network Settings Menu is available.
This setting allows you to quickly check the MAC address of your iPhone or iPad. To access the iOS or iPad’s Wi-Fi settings, open Settings > WiFi and tap the active WiFi network.
In the Wi-Fi Address section, you’ll find the MAC address of your iPhone.
Quick Tip To copy the MAC address of your device, long-press in Wi-Fi Address and tap Copy.
3. Check the App of Your Router
You should be able check your iPhone’s IP address using the dedicated iOS app if your Wi-Fi router supports it. Your router brand, model, and the design of the router app will all affect how you can find your iPhone’s MAC addresses through a router app.
We are confident that you will find all the information you require in the device management menu within your router’s App. You can check the list of devices that are connected to your Wi-Fi router and choose your iPhone. Check the device information page to see if there is a MAC address or an alphanumeric combination of 12 characters.
Are you having trouble finding your iPhone in the list of connected devices Restart your iPhone’s Wi-Fi, then disable it. The problem could be fixed by closing and reopening your app. Last but not least, make sure the app is up-to-date. Open the App store and verify that there are any updates available.
4. View your MAC Address from Your Smart Home App
You should be able to check the MAC addresses for devices connected to the router if you have linked it to your smart home application. Huawei’s AI Life app is what I use to manage my smart home network devices. You will find the “Device Information” section in the app. This displays the IP address as well as the MAC address for all devices that are connected to my WiFi router.
Connect your iPhone to the home network. Go through the settings and menus for your smart home apps. Check out these top apps for smart home automation.
5. Use a web browser
The administrative console of your router gives you control over how devices interact with it. You can modify your network settings, disable internet access and check the MAC addresses of connected devices.
For access to the admin panel, consult the manual of your router or contact the manufacturer. To access the router’s administrative credentials, you will need to visit a unique IP address in your web browser.
Log in to see the devices connected to your network. Find your iPhone in the list to check its MAC Address.
It’s important to note that we are unable to accurately list the steps required for accessing your router’s admin panels. This is because your router’s brand, admin panels gateway, and internet service provider may affect the steps.
iOS Private MAC Address explained
Your router’s MAC address should match the MAC address listed in your iPhone’s settings menu. This is how it was until iOS 14. Apple believes that sharing the same Mac address across multiple networks makes it super-easy for internet service providers (ISPs), and other related parties, to track your location over time.
Apple introduced “Private Wi-Fi Addresses” in iOS 14 and watchOS 7. To stop this from happening, This feature is automatically enabled on all devices that run the above-mentioned operating system.
This iOS feature assigns a unique MAC to every Wi-Fi network. Your iPhone or iPad will have different addresses for networks A, B, C, etc.
This is a great privacy-focused idea. However, not all networks allow devices to use a private address. Apple recommends that you disable the Private Address for Wi-Fi networks if you are having trouble accessing the internet.
Toggle off the Private address option, go to Settings.
Obsolete Method: Third-Party Network Apps
Many iPhone and iPad owners had checked their device’s IP address using network monitoring tools and Wi-Fi analyzer apps. Apple’s iOS 11 launched a new way of analyzing MAC addresses.
Are you aware of any third-party or built-in tools that can check MAC addresses on an iPhone or iPad? Please share your thoughts with us below.