iOS 14 brings a lot of improvements and features to the iPhone and iPad. A lot of these improvements are privacy oriented, because Apple is highly focused on ensuring user privacy. That’s part of the reason Apple charges such a high price for its devices. Well, now, in order to make it even more private when your iPhone is connected to a WiFi network, Apple has brought yet another feature to iOS 14. It’s called ‘private MAC addresses’ and it basically gives your iPhone a private MAC address so your network provider and ISP can’t track your iPhone using your MAC ID. Yeah, it’s quite neat. So, if you want to use this feature, here is how to enable (or disable) it on your iPhone.
How to Enable/ Disable Private MAC Address in iOS 14
Note: You should be connected to a WiFi network in order to follow this tutorial.
- In Settings, go to WiFi and tap on the ⓘ next to the name of your WiFi network.
- Here, turn on the toggle next to ‘Private Address’.
That’s it, your iPhone will now use a Private Address to connect with your WiFi network making it difficult for your network provider to track you.
That said, this feature is usually enabled by default in iOS 14. In case you don’t want to use this for some reason, turning it off is straightforward as well.
- Go to Settings -> WiFi. Tap on the ⓘ next to the name of your WiFi network.
- Turn off the toggle next to ‘Private Address’.
Use iOS 14 to Stay Private on the Internet
Private MAC Address is definitely a useful new iOS 14 feature. While I personally keep the feature on at all times, if you want you can disable it as well using the steps mentioned above. At the very least, I would recommend that you use this feature when connecting to public WiFi networks. You know, such as your local coffeehouse, once you start going back out after this pandemic is over.
So what do you think about iOS 14’s new features such as private MAC addresses? Let us know in the comments.