Quick Way to Enable Random Hardware Address in Windows 10

Let’s enable random hardware address easily in Windows 10 here. First, let me tell you quickly what is random hardware address if you don’t quite know what it is, it’s a unique hardware or physical address that is bind to your network card by its manufacturer. Commonly we call this hardware address as MAC address.

This setting can be applied to all wireless networks or the specific wireless network you choose. Once you got this random hardware address enabled, it will use random hardware address when connecting to wireless network and make it harder for other people to track your computer location.

Let’s explore together on how to get this random MAC address enabled here:

1) Click the network icon on lower right corner of task bar area in order to show wireless network or other network information. After that click on the Network settings.
access Windows 10 network settings
2) Network & Internet window will appear, proceed to click on Wi-Fi. Here you have two options for enabling random hardware address as shown below:

Enabling random hardware address for the existing wireless network ONLY – Click on Advanced options and go to 3a
Enabling random hardware address for ALL NEW wireless network – Click on Manage Wi-Fi settings and go to 3b

Note: The other method of coming to this window is via Start -> Settings -> Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi
Windows10 network and internet
3a) Wi-Fi window will appear, and here you just need to Use random addresses for this network and select On, so that random MAC address will be used for this particular wireless network when it’s connected next time.
use random addresses for this wireless network
3b) Manage Wi-Fi Settings window will appear, and here you just need to Use random hardware addresses and select On, so that random MAC address will be used for ALL new wireless network when it’s connected next time.
use random hardware addresses for all and new wireless network
4) Now, how to check if it works? Well.. Once you have this feature enabled on existing wireless network, let’s check the MAC address of existing connected wireless network in Wi-Fi Settings as shown below.
current wireless connection properties
5) After that go ahead to disconnect and reconnect the wireless network.
disconnect and reconnect wifi network
6) If you reopen the Wi-Fi Settings window, you will find out the MAC address has been changed as shown below.
new wireless connection properties

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