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How to Get iCloud + Privacy Relay and Hide My Email on iOS 15

How to Get iCloud + Privacy Relay and Hide My Email on iOS 15


The new iCloud+ subscription service is now available in iOS 15 as a developer beta and comes with internet privacy migration like VPN and email obfuscation. Here’s how to sign up and enable the new features.

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The beta version of iOS 15, Apple’s latest operating system for iPhones, is now available. If you’re lucky enough to have a developer account and manage to get it before the public beta in July, there are plenty of new features you should check out, like the new iCloud subscription service, iCloud+.

Like the old iCloud subscription model, iCloud+ comes in three tiers: 50 GB, 200 GB, and 2 TB, with prices scaling appropriately. iCloud+ pricing levels are identical to those of older iCloud subscription plans ($0.99, $2.99, and $9.99 in the US, for example), and no matter what you choose, all additional iCloud+ features are included.

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We’ll focus on two of iCloud+’s biggest features: Private Relay and Hide My Email, both of which are easy to set up once you’ve installed iOS 15 on your device.

Please note that since this is an early beta version of iOS 15, these steps may change by version.

How to get iCloud +

There’s no “Access” to iCloud+: It’s a free update for all iCloud users this fall, so don’t worry about losing the switch from upgraded storage to storage plus new features. The same goes for the iOS 15 Developer Beta: iCloud+ is activated for users and new privacy features are available for testing now.

How to use iCloud + Private Relay

Everything we are going to do with iCloud + is done in the Settings app. When you open it you should see your name at the top. Click that to be taken to your AppleID screen (Figure A).

Figure A: Where to find your iCloud account information in the iOS 15 Settings app.

On the screen shown in Figure A, tap iCloud and you will be taken to the screen shown in Figure BThis is where you should see iCloud + listed if you’re using iOS 15 and have a paid iCloud account. If you don’t currently have a paid iCloud account, it’s time to pause and use Apple’s instructions on how to sign up for your upgraded iCloud storage, which will become iCloud+ on iOS 15.

Figure B: How the iCloud + account appears in the iOS 15 Settings app.

Assuming you have a paid iCloud account and are using iOS 15, you should, as shown in Figure B, iCloud +, and below it will be Private Relay and Hide My Email, the two new privacy features. Tap on Private Relay to set it up, as shown in Figure C.

Figure C: Enabling private migration for iOS 15.

Once Private Relay is activated, you’ll see what it does: hide your IP address and Safari browsing activity from ISPs and websites by bouncing it through several different relays.

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The additional option you see in Figure C for IP address location allows you to choose between iOS keeping your approximate location in order to keep search results and other relevant geo-selected data, or using a broader location that hides where you are but may result in fewer location-specific search results and the like.

How to use iCloud + Hide My Email

Going back to Private Relay and back to Figure B, the next thing we’ll do is click Hide My Email. If, like me, you choose to hide your email address when using Sign in with AppleID, you may already see some obfuscated email addresses here, as shown in figure d. These apps are related to specific apps that use your AppleID as a sign-in option and are different from iCloud + Hide My Email, which allows you to use a fake account to sign up for online services that don’t use an AppleID to sign in.

Figure D: Hide my email screen.

If you click Create new title, you will see the screen shown in Figure E. The email address that Apple generates here is more usable than the one shown in Figure D, and this address can be used anywhere online where the email address needs to be where you might not want to share your physical address.

Figure E: Adding a new address to Hide My Email.

After you create and name an email address (such as “for surveys”, “e-commerce” or whatever else applies), it will appear with the addresses for the application on the screen shown in Figure D. It will appear on the title shape and, where you can change the label, add a note about the account, or deactivate the address to stop receiving redirects from it. Once deactivated, the address will turn into the list of inactive addresses, with which you can reactivate or delete it completely.

Figure F: How to deactivate or make changes to a dummy mail address.

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