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Turn private address off or on for a network

You can stop or resume using a private address with any network.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

  1. Open the Settings app, then tap Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap the information button next to a network.
  3. Tap Private Address. If your device joined the network without using a private address, a privacy warning explains why.
    iPhone network settings
  4. Uncheck the Private Address.


Apple Watch

  1. Open the Settings app, then tap Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap the name of the network you joined. If you haven’t joined the network yet, swipe left on its name and tap more.
    Apple Watch Wi-Fi settings
  3. Tap Private Address
    Apple Watch Private Address Setting
  4. Uncheck the Private Address


Android 10

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Network and Internet
  3. Select WiFi
  4. Connect to the Widener wireless network (wu-secure or wu-secure-resnet)
  5. Tap the gear icon next to the current wifi connection
  6. Select Advanced
  7. Select Privacy
  8. Select Use device MAC


Windows 10

Some application settings or other issues might cause Windows 10 to enable randomized hardware addresses, which will cause issues with your registration to Widener's network. To disable this feature, follow the instructions below.

  1. Click on the Network Settings icon and select Network Settings
  2. In the WiFi tab, select Advanced Options
  3. Select Off under Random Hardware Address
  4. In the WiFi tab, select Manage WiFi Settings
  5. Select Off under Random Hardware Address
  6. Restart your computer.


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