Make you're Safari browsing more secure with iCloud Private Relay

Alongside the announcement of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple stated it was launching a new service called iCloud+. One of the features of iCloud+ is Private Relay, which allows you to browse Safari on your iPhone and iPad a little more securely. After all, a secure iPhone is the best iPhone.

Here's everything you need to know about using iCloud Private Relay on your iPhone and iPad.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas. While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

What is iCloud Private Relay?

iCloud Private Relay can easily be mistaken for a Virtual Private Network (VPN), but in reality, it's much more limited than what a VPN service provides. iCloud Private Relay does hide your IP address like a VPN, but it doesn't fully spoof your location. In other words, you can't use iCloud Private Relay to fool Netflix into thinking you're in a different country. What it's designed to do, though, is encrypt all your connections not using HTTPS, hide your real IP address, and prevent anyone — even Apple — from knowing both who you are and where you're connecting to on the web. In short, Private Relay makes browsing the web in Safari on your iPhone and iPad a little more secure.

How to turn on iCloud Private Relay on iPhone and iPad

If you've signed up for iCloud+, Private Relay should be enabled automatically. If it isn't, or you want to check and ensure it's enabled, here's how to turn on iCloud Private Relay.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner located at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap *iCloud**.

  4. Tap Private Relay.
  5. Tap the Private Relay On/Off Switch. The switch will be green when the feature is enabled.

You can turn off Private Relay anytime you want by following the same direction above.

How to change IP address settings for iCloud Private Relay

There are two different options to obscure your IP address for iCloud Private Relay: Maintain General Location and Use Country and Time Zone.

The Maintain General Location option will still hide your IP address but keep you in the same general location you're already in, so you can still get local content in Safari if you want.

The Use Country and Time Zone option will keep you in the same country and time zone you're currently in, but allow you to use a broader location. You may not see the same local content in Safari if you choose this option.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap your Apple ID banner located at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap iCloud.

  4. Tap Private Relay.
  5. Tap IP Address Location.
  6. Tap the option you want.

You can change the option you have selected at any time by following the same steps posted above.

Any questions?

Anything unclear about using Private Relay on your iPhone and iPad? Let us know in the comment section down below.

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