Your iPhone 5 includes a piece of identification called a MAC address that can identify it on a network. Some people use MAC filtering as a means to control access to a wireless network and, if you are attempting to connect to such a network, they will need to know your MAC address to allow you to connect to the network. Luckily this information is easily found on the iPhone 5, although it is identified as something else on the device.
Finding the iPhone 5 MAC Address
The MAC address (or Media Access Control address) is a unique identifier assigned to your iPhone 5. It consists of twelve characters that are separated into 6 groups of two. Each group of two is called an “octet.” Other wireless devices also have MAC addresses, such as laptops and gaming consoles. But to find the MAC address for your iPhone 5, you can follow the instructions below.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Select the General option.
Step 3: Tap the About button. This is going to bring up a screen that contains a lot of important identifying information about your iPhone 5.
Step 4: Scroll down to the Wi-Fi Address option. The set of 12 characters displayed here is your MAC address.
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