Find the MAC address and IMEI number of your iPhone

Find the MAC address and IMEI number of your iPhone

You may have heard of MAC address and IMEI number when it comes to iPhone. These are two important pieces of information to know how to find and, in the case of the IMEI, keep a note of in case disaster strikes in the future. Here’s how to find your iPhone’s MAC address and IMEI number, as well as what they actually are.

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You can find the MAC address of your iPhone in the Wifi section or the General section in Settings. You can find the IMEI number in the General iPhone settings.


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What is a MAC address on my iPhone and what is it used for?

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When your iPhone communicates with a Wi-Fi network, it identifies itself using a unique network address called a Media Access Control (MAC) address. The problem is that if the device uses the same MAC address on all networks, network operators and observers can more easily connect that MAC address to a particular device. Subsequently, this allows users and devices to be tracked or profiled.

Due to these privacy and security issues, your iPhone will use a different MAC address for each Wi-Fi network you connect to. Your iPhone will also change MAC address if you erase your iPhone or reset all network settings.

What is the IMEI number of my iPhone and what is it used for?

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An IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It is basically the identity or fingerprint of your iPhone. The IMEI is a 15-digit number and each device has a unique IMEI. Phone providers and manufacturers share IMEI numbers to allow tracking of stolen smartphones.

So it’s worth keeping a secret note of your IMEI number and giving it to both your phone provider and the police if your phone is stolen.

How to find the MAC address on an iPhone

There are two ways to find the MAC address on your iPhone. Let’s see both.

wifi section

To go Settings > Wi-Fi and tap on the Yo next to your Wi-Fi name.

wifi option iphone

scroll down to wifi address. This is the MAC address. Please note that if private wifi address is enabled, the MAC address displayed on wifi address it is not the real MAC address. To get the true address, disable private wifi address.

iphone wifi section mac address

general section

The other way to get the MAC address is simply by going to Settings > General > About. scroll down to wifi address.

iphone wifi address about mac settings

How to find the IMEI, MEID or ICCID number on an iPhone

We have already explained what the IMEI number is. But what about the ICCID number and the MEID number?

  • the ICCID (Integrated Circuit Card Identifier) ​​is used to identify a particular SIM card from another. Each SIM has its own ICCID.
  • the MEID (Mobile Equipment Identifier) ​​is almost identical to IMEI and is used as an identification number for devices.

Both numbers can be found by going to Settings > General > About and scrolling down to physical SIM.

imei meid iccid

frequent questions

On an iPhone, the Wi-Fi address and the MAC address are the same thing.

Starting with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7, your device uses a different MAC address for each Wi-Fi network it connects to.

Two devices on the same network cannot have the same MAC address.

The best method is to turn off Wi-Fi when you are away from home. Otherwise, as you move around, your MAC address will be broadcast to hundreds of wireless networks

Yes, it is possible, but MAC addresses hard-coded into network interface drivers cannot be spoofed.

Anyone with your IMEI number can find out your device’s make, model, specs, and more.

No, the IMEI cannot track an iPhone. iPhone can only be tracked with Find my iPhone.

An IMEI number is a unique number printed on the back of your phone and on the mobile phone’s packaging box. Each IMEI number is unique to a mobile device and can never be changed or replaced.

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