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Android Q randomizes MAC addresses by default, with per-network customization

In Android P, Google rolled out a developer option to enable MAC address randomization, but it was turned off by default. With the first beta of Android Q, the option became the default, but we hadn't taken the time to look at it before, so let's do so now.

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Android P feature spotlight: Per-network MAC address randomization added as experimental feature

The 'MAC address' is a unique identifier present on most devices connected to a network. Since the address is assigned during the manufacturing process, and often can't be changed, it is commonly used as a way of tracking people connecting to different networks. To combat this, several operating systems (iOS 8+, Windows 10, etc) give networks a randomly-generated MAC address.

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