Private WiFi Address: What Is It & How to Enable It

What to Know

  • Private Wi-Fi Address is a feature that prevents your device from being tracked across multiple networks.
  • You can enable this feature in the Wi-Fi Settings of both your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Privacy is one of the iPhone’s best features. You can rest easy knowing your data is secure, and the iPhone’s Private Wi-Fi Address setting makes sure your connection is protected. Let’s go over what exactly this feature does and how you can enable it on your iPhone or iPad.

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What Is Private Wi-Fi Address?

Whenever you connect to a Wi-Fi network, your iPhone (and any other Wi-Fi-capable device) uses a Media Access Control (MAC) address to identify itself. If your iPhone uses the same MAC address when connecting to different Wi-Fi networks, that makes your device more easily trackable across connections.

If you enable the Private Wi-Fi Address feature, your iPhone will use a unique MAC address for each network, making it harder to identify you when you switch to a different network. For more iPhone security and privacy advice, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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How to Enable Private Wi-Fi Address on iPhone & iPad

You can enable your iPad or iPhone’s Private Wi-Fi Address by going into the Settings app:

  1. Open the Settings app, and tap Wi-Fi.

    iphone settings with a red circle around Wi-Fi
  2. Tap the info icon next to a Wi-Fi network.

    iphone wi fi settings with a red box around the connected wi fi network
  3. Tap the toggle next to Private Wi-Fi Address to enable this feature.

    iphone wi fi settings with a red box around the private wi fi address toggle

How to Enable Private Wi-Fi Address on Apple Watch

You can also enable Private Wi-Fi Address on your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Settings app, and tap Wi-Fi.

    apple watch settings with wi fi circled in red
  2. If your Apple Watch is not already connected to a Wi-Fi network, scroll dow and swipe left on a network.

    apple watch wi fi networks list with a red arrow pointing to the left, indicating to swipe left
  3. Tap the three dot menu button.

    apple watch wi fi networks list with a red box around the three dot menu button
  4. Tap the toggle next to Private Wi-Fi Address to enable or disable this feature.

    apple watch wi fi network settings with private address toggle cirlced in red

Now, your Apple devices can stay secure no matter which Wi-Fi network you connect to.


  • Should I turn on Private Wi-Fi Address on iPhone? Turning on Private Wi-Fi Address keeps your connection secure without compromising internet speeds. There are no downsides to turning it on and it helps you maintain privacy, so I would say definitely turn it on.
  • How to turn off Private Wi-Fi Address? If you are wondering how to turn off private Wi-Fi address, simply follow the same steps above, and tap the toggle so that it turns gray.
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Author Details

Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.