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    If someone has mac address of my phone. So can someone access my whatsapp by mac spoofing if somehow he manages to get verification code. I am observing unusual behaviour in my whatsapp like sometimes i don't read my messages but they are shown red.
     

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    Unlikely... as using a mac address as a security identifier is a really bad idea.. i can't imagine that whatsapp would use that.

    (please tell me they don't)
     
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    MAC spoofing may be an issue regarding computers but the WhatsApp app on your Android phone uses your phone number and your phone's IMEI to authenticate your account.
     
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    I'm just going by documented references -- your phone number is what's used by WhatsApp as an identifier for you and your WhatsApp account, while a mix of IMEI (mobile devices) and/or MAC address (network chip) will be used as an identifier to your device. This more or less falls into place taking into consideration that logging into a single WhatsApp account isn't allowed with multiple phone numbers involved, or on different devices.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WhatsApp#Technical
    https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/21009863/?category=5245245
    Please provide proof otherwise.
     
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    I personally know of an exception. When I originally attempted to set up WhatsApp, because my phone did not get a signal in my house, I couldn't use its number to receive the verification code. I used my landline's number, and received the code by voice.

    (This led to a bewildering problem later, when I got a new phone, but that's a WHOLE other story!)
     

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