A Mac Access or Media Access Control Address is a hardware or physical address provided by a network adapter or a host provided by the NIC (Network Interface Card) manufacturer and used to communicate between the physical components of the network. This address can be used to track a device that is downloading and uploading to the Internet. Therefore, in addition to the IP address, the MAC address must also be hidden for privacy and confidential connection to the Internet.
Why change your Mac address?
Privacy on PC networks has become a major concern for users these days, and one way that others can track your device is through your device’s MAC address. This is why users tend to change the MAC address of their smartphone. You can change the Mac address of your Android device for private and hidden activity on a WiFi network.
Also, if you frequently connect to public Wi-Fi networks, it is best to change your Mac address at regular intervals.
How to change the MAC address of your Android device
Changing your MAC address is easy if your Android device is rooted. Changing the MAC address can also be done on non-rooted devices, but there is no guarantee that it will work properly.
First you need to get the address of your Android device. To do this, go to Menu> Settings> About device> MAC Address.
Now follow the steps below to change the Mac address on your rooted smartphone:
Step 1. First , download the BusyBox app and install it on your Android phone.
Step 2. After installing Busybox, install the Terminal application on the phone.
Step 3. Now open the Terminal application and inside it type su command and press Enter key. You will then be asked to grant superuser access. After confirmation, if you want to see your current Mac address, you can enter the busybox iplink show eth0 command in the terminal and press Enter.
Step 4. Now enter the command box busybox ifconfig eth0 hw ether XX: XX: XX: XX: XX: XX to change the Mac address.
You must replace XX: XX: XX: XX: XX: XX with your new MAC address. You can use any alternate MAC address for this.
Now the Mac address of your Android device has changed. To check the application of this new address, enter the command busy box link show eth0 in the terminal.
Change the MAC address using ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer has been removed from the Google Play Store for some reason, but you can download it from third-party sources.
Step 1. First, download and install ES File Explorer on your rooted Android device.
Step 2. After installation, open this application and activate the Show Hidden Files option from its settings panel.
Step 3. Now go to the EFS folder.
Step 4. In this folder, look for a folder called WiFi and enter it.
Step 5. In the WiFi folder you will see two files called mac.cob and mac.info. Now you need to open the mac.cob file using the text editor.
Step 6. After opening this file you will see your MAC address, here you can change it and save the file.
Now the Mac address of your Android device has changed. To check the application of this new address, you can go to Menu> Settings> About device> MAC Address.