Apple has been slowly introducing privacy-enhancing features since the company realized some apps were bypassing their restrictions… *coughs Facebook*. Since then, we now have microphone and camera usage indicators, hide my email, and even a private relay to help prevent your ISP from spying on you.
It seems that the company is currently testing a new feature in this area called “Limit IP address tracking”. This new feature recently appeared in the iOS 15.2 RC beta and here’s everything we currently know about it.
What is “Limit IP Address Tracking” on iPhone? What happens when you activate it?
Limit IP Address Tracking is a privacy-enhancing feature currently only seen on iPhone or iPadOS devices with cellular connectivity. This feature can be enabled on your device if you are using iOS 15.2 RC 2 or later.
Once activated, your IP address will be hidden from identifiable trackers in Apple’s database. This feature will only work in Safari & Mail, for now, using any other browser or Mail app will expose you to trackers.
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How to Enable ‘Limit IP Address Tracking’ on iPhone
You will need a few things before you can enable this option on your device. Make sure you meet all the requirements using the section below, then use the guide to enable “Limit IP Address Tracking” on your device.
- iOS 15.2 RC 2 or higher
- A SIM card installed in your device
- Cellular network connectivity
Step by step guide
Open the Settings app on your device and tap “Mobile data” at the top.
Tap “Mobile data options”.
Now enable the toggle for “Limit IP Address Tracking” at the bottom of your screen.
IP address tracking will now be restricted on your device. You can now close the settings app and use your device as intended.
Does ‘Limit IP address tracking’ hide my IP address everywhere?
Unfortunately no, these and many other features currently only support native Apple apps. This is the reason why your IP address will be hidden from known trackers only in Safari & Mail.
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As this is a relatively new feature, here are some frequently asked questions that should help you get up to speed.
Why should I hide my IP address?
IP addresses are unique identifiers that can identify you and your devices whenever you are active on the Internet. Trackers may use it to record your activity on the Websites and Services and may also use it to identify you from leaked datasets. This information is usually used by malicious users to target vulnerable people and therefore it is always a good idea to hide your IP address.
Can I hide my IP address in other apps?
Unfortunately, at this time you cannot hide your IP address in apps other than Mail and Safari using this feature. However, if you are an iCloud+ user, you can use the following section to completely hide your IP address and improve privacy on your device.
How to Improve Privacy on iOS 15?
We recommend using Apple’s new features in iOS 15, namely Hide My Email and Private Relay. These features will help you use fake emails while allowing you to hide your IP address completely. Use this comprehensive guide from us to help you get started.
To note: Your IP address will still be visible to your network provider and Apple. However, your DNS addresses will be completely hidden from either party when using these features.
We hope this article helped shed some light on the new “Limit IP Address Tracking” feature in iOS 15.2 RC 2. If you have any issues, please share more information about it in the comments section below.