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I'm changing the MAC address on my Android device; however, once I change it I get disconnected from the WiFi network that I'm connected to and then I'm unable to reconnect to the WiFi. I realized that I can connect to unsecure WiFi but not secure. I know the MAC address is changing properly because I did packet capturing with WireShark and the spoofed MAC shows as the MAC address of the packets.

  • when you are disconnected ,did you try to forget that network and then reconnect to your secured wifi and enter the password ? – lord-ralf-adolf Jul 22 '15 at 21:50
  • yes I do and it still doesn't connect. – Rachelle Jul 22 '15 at 22:35
  • And did you change the MAC back to the original value? Does it still fail to connect then? – Izzy Jul 22 '15 at 23:05
  • When I change it back to the original it works fine. I can only connect with the real MAC address not a fake one. – Rachelle Jul 22 '15 at 23:16
  • Welcome to Android Stack Exchange, Rachelle. Try removing stored WiFi credentials on your device (go into WiFi settings and remove or "forget" the secured network) and then change your MAC and connect to the secured WiFi. – IAmTheSquidward Jul 23 '15 at 3:58
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Make sure MAC filtering is disabled on your router or your spoofed address is allowed to connect to the network and try again.

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Perhaps the router is smarter than you thought or the Mac address isn't spoofed properly....you need to format your Android phone to be able to reconnect to other WiFi

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    That seems pretty extreme... can you explain and justify that as to exactly why this is the correct answer? – acejavelin Jul 2 '18 at 15:49

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