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When I run ifconfig I see a specific mac address connected to my Ethernet connection.

So to change my mac address, I go to the topright where the internet connections are displayed, click on the Edit Connections option. Then I get the Network Connections popup, and I select the only Ethernet connection available and click the Edit button. From there I get the Editing Wired connection 1 window, with the Ethernet tab selected. In the Cloned MAC Address: input, I place in the NEW mac address I want to use, and click save.

From there I use ifconfig again in the terminal, and I see that nothing has changed.

QUESTION: Why is the previous process not changing my mac address. :(


UPDATE:

Just to clarrify why this question is not a duplicate, the answer linked is outdated (2011) and the Ubuntu layout is no longer the same. You'll see a comment on that question from someone else saying that the answer in fact does not work anymore

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  • May be all you need is restart... May 21, 2017 at 4:53
  • Hi @George , the question/answer you linked is outdated (2011) and the Ubuntu layout is no longer the same. You'll see a comment on that question from someone else saying that the answer in fact does not work anymore
    – Webeng
    May 21, 2017 at 5:56
  • btw @George would you happen to know if there is a way to make the spoofing happen automatically on all connections? From what I understand, you first have to connect to attempt to connect to a wifi connection so that it appears in the list, and then edit the list manually all over again. I was wondering if a cloned Mac Address could be left as the default for all connections of a network interface?
    – Webeng
    May 21, 2017 at 7:14
  • @Webeng this might be helpful to you: How to randomly change the MAC on each boot in 16.04
    – Ravexina
    May 21, 2017 at 7:21
  • thank you @Ravexina I will try that solution out and make sure to reply back here if it was successful or not :)
    – Webeng
    May 21, 2017 at 7:25

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