Lesson 23: Filter Devices by Bluetooth MAC Address


Written by Jonathan Sim

You can find this lesson and more in the Arduino IDE (File -> Examples -> Andee). If you are unable to find them, you will need to install the Andee Library for Arduino IDE.

Works on iOS and Android
If you want to create applications that will either shut out unauthorised users or just display different user interfaces to different sets of users, one way to do this involves filtering users by their smartphone Bluetooth MAC address.

A MAC address is a hardware address that is unique to each and every Bluetooth device.

Here's how to do it!


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#include <SPI.h>
#include <Andee.h>

// We'll need a display box to display the connected MAC address
AndeeHelper displaybox;

// This list will contain all the authorised MAC addresses
char *authorisedList[] = { "00:11:22:33:44:55",
                         "aa:11:bb:22:cc:33" };  // Don't forget to add yours!
int noOfAuthorisedUsers = 3;

char strBuffer[30]; // String to store the retrieved Bluetooth info
char current_mac_id[18]; // String to store the extracted MAC address
bool authorised; // Flag to check if user is authorised or not


void setup()
  Andee.begin();  // Setup communication between Annikken Andee and Arduino
  Andee.clear();  // Clear the screen of any previous displays
  setInitialData(); // Define object types and their appearance
  authorised = false;


void setInitialData()
  displaybox.setTitle("Connected MAC Address");


void loop()
  if( Andee.isConnected() ) // When user presses the send button on phone
     // Send command to the Andee to get some Bluetooth device information
     // and store it in the string buffer
     Andee.sendCommand("GET CONNECTED MAC_ID", strBuffer);
     // As the retrieved information contains more than just the MAC address,
     // we'll need to extract the MAC address and store it in another string
     strncpy(current_mac_id, strBuffer, 17); // Extract MAC address
     for(int i = 0; i < noOfAuthorisedUsers; i++)
       if( strcmp(current_mac_id, authorisedList[i]) == 0 )
         authorised = true; // Mark flag as true if connected device is in authorised list
     if(authorised == true) // If user is authorised
       // This is where you'll show the authorised user the controls that you want to show
       displaybox.setData("You are authorised!"); 
     else // If intruder
       // Show a message before you disconnect the intruder
       displaybox.setData("Intruder! You will be disconnected!"); 
       delay(2000); // Give intruder time to read the message
       Andee.disconnect(); // Disconnect intruder

  else // If not connected
    authorised = false; // Reset flag to false when authorised users disconnect
  delay(500); // Always leave a short delay for Bluetooth communication

Here's what unauthorised users will see:

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