Cloud private relay is included with cloud plus in iOS 15, iPad OS 15 and Mac OS Monterrey and later. It helps prevent networks and websites from collecting information about your browsing activities in Safari and helps protect unencrypted app usage.
Here’s how it works. When you connect to the Internet, you might use various networks like your home Wi-Fi or the local coffee shop Internet. When you’re on the go. When browsing the web without private relay networks and websites have access to your IP address, which identifies your device and location. They can also see what sites you visit.
Which makes it possible for them to build a digital profile of your location and browsing activity. Private relay provides a more private way to browse. By separating this information, it uses an innovative Internet relay system that acts as a connector between your device and the website you visit your IP address and browsing activity are separated between two different Internet relays.
The first Internet relay only knows your IP address, not the website you want to visit. The second Internet relay only knows where you’re going, not your original IP address. Instead, it assigns a new private relay IP address that just shows your general location like the city you’re in. So there isn’t a point along the way where your identity can be combined with your browsing activity. Your privacy is protected. To turn on private relay open settings. Tap your name. And tap I cloud. Then tap private relay and tap the switch to turn it on when you’re using Safari. Private relay is designed to be always on and completely transparent, protecting your browsing without you noticing any difference. Just keep browsing and that’s iCloud private relay. Browse the web using safari in a more secure and private way. To learn more about your Apple devices, subscribe to the Apple Support YouTube channel or click another video to keep watching. And private relay is not available in all countries or regions and is currently in beta. When using the beta of private relay, some websites may have issues like showing content for the wrong region or requiring extra steps to sign in.