Before we get into further details, let’s explain that you are all enthusiastic Android fans who don’t need to worry, because this article has nothing to do with Apple products at all. The competition between the two platforms sometimes gets very hot, so we just have to delete it first. This tutorial will show you how to change the MAC address on your Android device.
Now, let’s explain what a MAC address is, what it is for, why you want to change it, and finally, ways you can change your MAC address. Pull your Android phone, sit down, relax, and continue reading this article.
What is a MAC Address?
A MAC address (also referred to as a Media Access Control address) is an identifier consisting of 12 characters given to any hardware that can access Wifi internet. So, this means your network adapter has one, as well as your Android smartphone, phablet, or tablet.
MAC addresses are used so that each device connected to the Internet or a local network can be identified by a unique 12 character code.
Why Do You Want to Change Your MAC Address?
Obviously, this is your first question, and, just as we agree with the golden rule that if something isn’t broken you shouldn’t try to fix it (AKA “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”), there is a real reason why you still want to change the device’s MAC address Your Android.
Privacy is very important and has become very fragile in modern times. Every device on the internet can be tracked and accessed through various methods, so we recommend that you do everything you can to protect your own privacy and data and avoid hacking.
Those who know, sometimes also referred to as hackers, can easily find the MAC address of your device. By doing that, hackers can track your device, especially if you are connected to the internet by using public Wifi networks such as those found at airports, coffee shops, hotels, and similar places.
You might be wondering why it is important that people can track your online activities with your MAC access. Well, if a hacker has your MAC address, he can impersonate you and commit various crimes using your MAC address or stealing from you. You really don’t want any of that, do you?
On most networks, access restrictions are based on the IP address of a device, but when someone has your MAC address, he can easily overcome the security limitations of that IP address.
You can change the MAC address of your network adapter, and create restrictions based on the MAC address that connects it if you want to do so.
Do we get your attention now? Let’s move on to the obvious question.
How to Change Your MAC Address?
Well, basically all of this boils down to two different methods for changing your MAC address – with or without root access. Although these two methods are quite simple, we first need to check the availability of root on your Android device. Download the free Root Checker application from Google Play.
Don’t worry, the application is simple, and basically you only need to run it when it’s downloaded and tap the “Verify root” button. This will show you your root status and you will see if there is root access on your device.
Change MAC Address with Root Access to Your Device
This is a method that can be done only on Android devices where you have root access. If the Root Checker application confirms that your device has root access, then just read on. If not, skip to the next section where we will show you how to change the MAC address on your Android device without having root access.
First of all, you must install another free application from Google Play under the name BusyBox. Besides this, you will need an application called Terminal Emulator for Android, which you can also download for free from Google Play.
Run the terminal emulator application and type the su command (which stands for “super” user) before pressing Enter. If the device asks you to allow the application to access the root, just tap “Allow”.
Type the next command “Show IP link” and then press Enter again so you can write the name of your current network interface. For demonstration purposes here, we will refer to your network interface name as HAL9000.
The next command you need to enter is “busybox ip link HAL9000” (of course you need to replace HAL9000 with the actual name of your network that was written earlier). This command will show your current MAC address.
To change the address, type the following command – “busybox config HAL9000 hw ether XX: XX: XX: YY: YY: YY”. Of course, instead of “XX: XX: XX: YY: YY: YY” you have to type in your new MAC address.
It’s very simple to change your MAC address, remember that this change is permanent, even after you restart your Android phone.
Change MAC Address without Root Access to Device
First, you need to check your MAC address.
- Go to settings
- Then tap ‘About Phone’
- Select Status. There you will see your current MAC address, and we recommend that you write it down somewhere, just in case, as you need, the current MAC address later when you want to change it.
When finished, download a free application from Google Play called Terminal Emulator for Android. Run the application and type the command “IP link show”. After that, you will see the name of your network interface. Again for demonstration purposes, we will call your network interface name “HAL9000”, but you must type it in the actual name of your network interface.
The next command to type is “set ip link HAL9000 XX: XX: XX: YY: YY: YY”. Instead of “XX: XX: XX: YY: YY: YY” and then you have to write your new MAC address if you need it again.
It’s easy to change the MAC address on your Android phone for a while. However, keep in mind that this change only lasts until the next time you restart your phone.
By following our easy step-by-step guide, you can change the MAC address on your Android device either permanently if you have root access to your device or until you restart your phone if you don’t have root access.
You can change your MAC address in just a few minutes to help protect your privacy and security.
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