iOS 15 includes a hidden VPN for iCloud subscribers (sort of)
If you subscribe to iCloud and are running iOS 15, you can enhance your privacy in Safari with Private Relay, which is Apple’s fake VPN.
Apple aims to change the way you browse the web on your iPhone with the new iOS 15 software update. Your iPhone can now hide your IP address and ensure complete anonymity with a feature called Private Relay. So, if you are only paying for a VPN for safe browsing, you can cancel your subscription now.
Private Relay is part of Apple’s iCloud+ service that’s included with every iCloud paid subscription plan. Here, we will look at how to use Private Relay in Safari to hide the IP address on your iPhone.
What is a private relay?
Private Relay is a VPN-like service from Apple that allows you to use a random IP address, instead of your actual address, thus keeping data like your location and browsing activity private. However, it’s not exactly a VPN because you don’t have the option to switch to another country’s IP address.
Therefore, you cannot use Apple’s private relay to bypass geo-blocking and unlock regional content on services like Netflix, Spotify, etc.
You can use Private Relay as long as you pay for iCloud. Once you turn it on, all traffic leaving your device is encrypted in a way that no one, including Apple, can intercept and read the data. The websites you visit are no longer capable of your personal status, which is a concern of many users these days. One important aspect to note is that Private Relay only works in Safari. So, you are in luck if you are using a third party browser like Chrome.
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How to Hide Your IP Address Using iCloud Private Relay
Using Apple’s private migration feature is as simple as enabling the toggle in your iCloud settings. However, some users may want more control over the IP address they use, which you can also get in the settings.
As long as your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 15 or iPadOS 15, you can follow these simple instructions to use iCloud Private Relay:
- head over to Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
- In the Settings menu, tap File apple id The name is at the top.
- Next, select iCloud From your account settings menu. Photo gallery (2 photos)
- Click on private relay Option from the list of applications and services.
- Use the toggle button to enable private paging on your device.
- If you want more control over your IP address, click Location IP address.
- Now, you will see two options. You can choose to use a wider IP address that is specific to your country and time zone, or use a more accurate public location if you still want to share approximate location data with websites.
By default, Private Relay uses a file Maintain public site Setup, as this helps with local and targeted content without sharing a lot of your site details. Now, all you have to do is launch Safari and browse the web as usual, but you don’t have to worry a bit about your privacy this time.
It’s not just iOS and iPadOS devices that have access to this privacy-oriented feature. If you own a Mac, you can use Private Relay in Safari in the same way, as long as it’s running macOS Monterey.
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Apple’s own migration isn’t perfect yet
It’s important to remember that Private Relay is still in its beta phase, and Apple clearly indicates this in the iCloud settings. Just like a VPN, your internet speed may slow down as a result of using Private Relay, especially when it connects to an IP address located far away from you. You may also encounter issues with some websites that display content from the wrong region or require additional steps to sign in.
Besides private migration, Apple’s new iCloud+ also introduces a new feature called Hide My Email. This allows you to create a unique, random email address that automatically forwards all emails it receives to your personal inbox. You no longer need to share your personal address with every website or service you sign up for.
How to create, view, manage and hide my email addresses with iCloud +
With an iCloud + subscription, you can use the hide email option to create an unlimited number of anonymous email addresses.
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Hamlin is a full-time freelancer and has been in the field for nearly five years. Since 2017, his work has been featured on OSXDaily, Beebom, FoneHow, and more. In his spare time, he either exercises in the gym or makes moves in the coding space.
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