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Disabling Wi-Fi MAC address randomization on iPhones or iPads

Updated on November 14th, 2022

This article explains how administrators can remotely turn off the Wi-Fi MAC address randomization (enforce static MAC address) for iOS devices on a certain Wi-Fi network using custom configuration profiles.

Apple released the private Wi-Fi address in iOS/iPadOS 14

Starting with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple iPhones and iPads generate, by default, a new random MAC address for each wireless network they connect to. These randomized addresses are called private addresses.

The advantages and disadvantages of using a private address

Although using a private Wi-Fi address can be great for privacy, it also causes troubles when using networks protected with MAC address filtering, because it complicates the identification of trusted devices.

Can device users turn off the MAC address randomization?

Yes. Users can manage this setting for each Wi-Fi connection separately unless the setting has been configured remotely using an MDM solution, like Miradore.

Users can toggle MAC randomization on their Apple iPhones using the Private Wi-Fi Address setting

How to disable MAC randomization remotely using MDM?

  1. Go to Management > Configuration profiles page on Miradore and create a custom configuration profile for iOS.Custom configuration profile for iOS
  2. Familiarize yourself with the Wi-Fi payload configuration on the Apple developer documentation and then create a mobile configuration (.mobileconfic) file using Apple Configurator 2 (on a Mac) or iMazing Profile Editor (Windows).
    • You must specify at least the SSID, Encryption type, Password, and Disable MAC Address Randomization keys within the mobile configuration file.
  3. Save the configuration to a file and then upload or copy-paste the created profile to Miradore. Miradore will complain about an invalid profile if any of the required keys are missing or if the configuration syntax is invalid.Disable MAC Address Randomization
  4. After you have successfully created the profile, deploy the profile and ensure that it works correctly.

Important information

Miradore Premium subscription is required to use the advanced custom configuration profiles on iOS. See How to upgrade your subscription for upgrade instructions.

The Private Wi-Fi Address setting can be remotely disabled for iPhones and iPads running iOS or iPadOS 14 or later.

When this MAC address randomization is disabled, the device shows a privacy warning in Settings indicating that the network has reduced privacy protections.

A privacy warning is shown in the iPhone Settings when Private Wi-Fi Address is disabled.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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