As part of iOS 15, Apple introduced iCloud Private Relay, a feature in all paid iCloud+ plans that is designed to encrypt all traffic leaving your device so no one can intercept or read it.
Private Relay works by sending web traffic to a server managed by Apple to remove the IP address. After the IP information is removed, Apple sends the traffic to a second server run by a third-party company that assigns a temporary IP address and then sends the traffic to its destination, a process that prevents your IP address, location, and browsing. activity to be used to create a profile about you.
Once iCloud Private Relay is enabled, you can choose how the assigned IP address uses geographic information to mask your real location. If you always want to receive local content when browsing in Safari, the IP address can retain your general location without being specific (the default setting), or if you want the relay to be more private, the IP address can simply include your country and time zone.
Whichever option you choose, here’s how to set it up in iOS 15.
- Launch it Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap your name at the top of the main settings menu.
- Faucet iCloud.
- Faucet Private Relay.
- Faucet IP address location.
- To select Maintain general location (default) or Use country and time zone.
Paid iCloud+ plans also include a new Hide My Email feature that lets you create unique and random email addresses that are forwarded to your personal inbox, and it allows customizing iCloud email addresses with a custom domain name. To learn more about Hide My Email and how to activate it, see our dedicated how-to guide.