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[liberationtech] [guardian-dev] Randomize MAC of Android phone?

Alvin Schurman alvin.schurman at
Thu Oct 24 04:57:11 PDT 2013

You might try this:

It changes the mac by manipulating /data/misc/wifi/ info.

Let me know if it works.  I altered and cross compiled macchanger for a
rooted phone and that didn't work for me either.
On Oct 24, 2013 5:52 AM, "Timur Mehrvarz" <timur.mehrvarz at> wrote:
> On 21.10.2013 01:53, coderman wrote:
> > On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 2:32 AM, Jerzy Łogiewa <jerzyma at>
> >> ...
> >> Is it possible to randomize wifi MAC of Andorid phone on power up?
> >
> > this works for most wifi devices if you have root; just modify init
> > scripts to ifconfig hw ether a random mac (you can do this in shell).
> 'ifconfig wlan0 hw ether' is working well on my Linux laptop.
> But it does not work at all with any of my (many) Android devices. I
> usually see "SIOCSIFHWADDR: operation not supported" and I am unable to
> connect to any AP until I reboot and try again with the original MAC
> address.
> Has anybody ever successfully changed the MAC of, say, a Galaxy Nexus
> device?
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