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How to Find MAC Address on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Updated on September 13, 2012
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

Knowing the media access control (MAC) number associated with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is required for you to connect to some Wi-Fi networks. If you join a wireless network that looks public and doesn't require a password but you still don't have Internet access even after it looks like you're connected to the network, it's likely that you need to give the network administrator your device's MAC address so he can add your device to the network so you're allowed to fully access the network. You can find the MAC address associated with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in the Settings menu.

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Tap "Settings."Tap "General."Tap "About."Arrive at the About screen.Scroll down until you see Wi-Fi Address in bold on the left side of the screen. The alphanumeric digits to the right of this field make up the MAC address.
Tap "Settings."
Tap "Settings." | Source
Tap "General."
Tap "General." | Source
Tap "About."
Tap "About." | Source
Arrive at the About screen.
Arrive at the About screen. | Source
Scroll down until you see Wi-Fi Address in bold on the left side of the screen. The alphanumeric digits to the right of this field make up the MAC address.
Scroll down until you see Wi-Fi Address in bold on the left side of the screen. The alphanumeric digits to the right of this field make up the MAC address. | Source

Process for Finding MAC Address on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

  1. Choose "Settings" on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch home screen. The app icon features gray gears. The app itself gives you access to the part of your device where you can turn on Airplane Mode, connect to a Wi-Fi network, enable or disable location services, and adjust the settings for both apps that came preinstalled on your device and also apps you installed on your device from the App Store.
  2. Use your finger to navigate down to the third section in the Settings screen, then select "General." The General screen appears. From this screen you can update your device's firmware, see information about your device, monitor your data usage and storage capacity and more.
  3. Select "About" in the first section to access the About screen. The About screen shows you what network your device is associated with, the name of your device, the firmware version you're running, the serial number and much more.
  4. Navigate down to the About screen until you see Wi-Fi Address in bold text. The alphanumeric digits that appears to the right of Wi-Fi Address is your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch's MAC address.

Potential Uses

  • If you use your Apple device for business purposes, you may need to work with your business's IT team to have your device's MAC number added so you can access the network.
  • If you run a business you may want to inquire about having your device's MAC number added so you can access Wi-Fi for giving presentations, showing examples of your services and more.

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