Find Stolen iPad MAC Address

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bperrella, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. bperrella macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010

    My iPad was recently lost/stolen at my university, and I was wondering how I could go about finding the MAC address without physically having the iPad. I know usually having the address wouldn't help in locating it, but since the person who took it must have been one of my classmates, I am hoping there is a chance that I could talk to the university IT department and see if anyone logs into the Wifi with my iPad. I'll just put it out there that I was dumb and didn't install Find my iPhone so that isn't an option unfortunately.

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Err... how are you going to tell them what MAC address to look for?
  3. bperrella thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Thats why I posted here.. to find out if there is a way to find the MAC via iTunes or some other way.
  4. hayesk macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2003
    I don't know about iPads, but for Macs, the MAC addresses for WiFi and Ethernet are printed on a label on the side of the box it came in.
  5. yankx51224 macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2011
    If you ever paired your iPad to the computer via bluetooth, you can go into your preferences then bluetooth and take note of the address listed there. The first 5 pairs of numbers will be the same. In the 6th pair, the wifi MAC address will be one number/letter LOWER than what is listed for the bluetooth address.

    Hope this helps!
  6. gks macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2010
    if your wifi router has a list feature of recently connected machines that might be a start.
  7. ctyhntr macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
  8. bperrella thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    I didn't unfortunately.
  9. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    I used iPhone Backup Extractor to extract the backup files from my Mac, it's possible the MAC address might be contained in there somewhere. So far, I've only found the IP address of the device that was backed up, and the MAC address of the servers it connected to, not the MAC address of the device itself.
  10. JamesMB macrumors 68000


    Jan 2, 2011
    I would think that Apple would be able to give you the mac address. Give them a call, it's certainly worth a try.
  11. Carl G35c macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2008
    do you have a wireless router at home? is it locked?

    If yes to both and you logged into it with your ipad, you can log in and view the ip and mac address of connected devices in the past from the admin page of the router
  12. Sheepless macrumors newbie

    Feb 29, 2008
    London, UK
    Talk to your university IT people. Each time your iPad gets a DHCP lease, the DHCP server will log the MAC address and IP address. If you've made accesses which can be matched to you, for example logging in to a university webmail server, the logs for that service will tell them your IP address at the time. So, a little work with both logs should reveal the iPad's MAC address.

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