How to Enable or Disable Random Hardware Address in Windows 11?

When you’re not connected to WiFi but Wi-Fi is enabled on your Windows 11 computer, your PC periodically sends signals for WiFi networks in the area to help you get connected. That signal contains the unique physical hardware address (also known as MAC address) of your device. In some places where WiFi is free, for example, shopping malls, supermarkets, airports, or other public areas, they may use this unique address to track your movement. Hence, if you are using free WiFi, we recommend enabling the random hardware address to make it harder for others to track your activity.

The random hardware address is a great feature of Windows 11 that lets you hide your identity in public places. Using the Settings app of Windows 11, you can enable or disable this feature if you need. This gearupwindows article will guide you to turn on and turn off random hardware addresses on Windows 11 machines.

How to Turn On or Turn Off Random Hardware Address in Windows 11?

To enable or disable the Random Hardware Address feature on Windows 11, you need to perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Open Windows Settings by pressing Windows + I keys from the keyboard.

Step 2. Click on the Network & internet from the left side pane in the Settings.

Step 3. Click Wi-Fi on the right-side pane.

Step 4. Turn on the toggle switch of Random hardware address.

If you need to disable the Random hardware address function on Windows 11, repeat the above steps, and in step 4, slide the toggle to Off position.

That’s it.

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