How to Setup & Use iCloud Private Relay on Mac & iPhone

🗓️ October 4, 2021 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

Apple’s new iCloud Private Relay ensures your original IP Address never reveals to the website you visit in the Safari browser and Apps. Private Relay feature means to enhance your privacy by hiding your actual IP Address, Location, and Browsing Activity, by connecting your Safari & App to the virtual network. The Apple Servers completely encrypt the traffic from your device, even hidden from the network you’re connected to. With Private Relay, your traffic is routed to Apple’s ingress servers, and from there, it will go to Content Provider’s Egress Servers and, in the end, to the website you want to visit.

Hopefully, this will secure your surfing across the browser, won’t track as much data as it is tracked now, and of course, your personal information is safe with you. Private Relay is available with an iCloud+ subscription, which comes with an existing iCloud subscription and needs to be set up from the profile. This article will show you how to enable and set up Apple’s VPN-like feature Private Relay in Mac, and iPhone is running the latest software version.

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How to Enable and Setup Private Relay in iPhone and Mac

Make sure to update iPhone to the latest iOS 15 or later and Mac to macOS Monterey or later to use Private Relay.

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How to Turn On Private Relay in iPhone

  1. Head to Settings app.
  2. Tap on your name.
  3. Go to iCloud.setup-private-relay-from-icloud-settings-on-iphone
  4. Toggle Private Relay switch ON. Furthermore, tap on Turn On for Safari.turn-on-private-relay-for-safari-on-iphone-from-settings
  5. Tap IP Address Location.change-ip-address-location-settings-under-pirvate-relay-settings-on-iphone
  6. There are two options: Preserve Approximate Location and Use Broader Location.
  7. On selecting Use Broader Location, the Safari might not deliver precise content from your location, and search results will affect for sure, whereas keeping the Preserve Approximate Location delivers results from your location. So your phone show you Private Relay is active notification.

Turn off Private Relay from iPhone settings

Turn on and Turn off private relay is Device specific only if your Account is signed in with the same apple id as on iPhone, iPad, Mac, or MacBook. So, while we turn off Private relay on iPhone, from the below settings, Your iPhone will ask to Turn off Private Relay on This iPhone?

  • Open Settings app on iPhone > Tap on Profile name > iCloud > Private Relay > Turn off Private Relay Toggle > And Verify “Turn off Private Relay”.turn-off-private-relay-on-iphone-for-iphone-or-ipad
  • That’s it. Now, All Websites and Network Providers will be able to view and monitor your internet address and activity in safari, and you will not be protected from unsecured connections in apps.

if you are looking to turn off private Relay on your Mac then follow the below steps.

Turn On/Turn Off Private Relay for Specific Mobile Data & WiFi Network on iPhone

  • Private Relay for WiFi on iPhone:- Settings app > WiFi > Click on (I) button next to WiFi network > Enable iCloud Private Relay Toggle.manage-icloud-private-relay-on-iphone-for-wifi
  • Private Relay for Mobile Data on iPhone:- Settings app > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options > Enable Toggle “iCloud Private Relay”. That’s it.icloud-private-relay-on-iphone-for-mobile-network

How to Setup Private Relay in Mac

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top menu bar.
  2. Select System Preferences.finder-system-preferences-option-on-mac-2
  3. Choose the Apple ID
  4. Click on iCloud located in the sidebar.
  5. Click on Private Relay Check Box, and Options button for more customization on IP Address location.turn-on-private-relay-on-mac-settings
  6. Turn On Private Relay for Safari.
  7. Plus, you’ve got an option to choose the Approximate Location or Broader Location in the IP Address Location
  8. The Broader Location might not deliver accurate search results from your local area, while Approximate Locations work just fine.
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How to Turn off Private Relay on Mac for Mac

This is Device-specific settings, you are doing Private relay from mac settings then follow the below steps.

  • Click on Apple logo from top mac menu bar > System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud from Sidebar > Uncheck Private Relay option.on-turn-off-private-relay-from-mac
  • That’s it.

How to Turn On/Turn Off Private Relay for Specific WiFi Network

We can turn on and Turn off Private Relay for specific WiFi networks under the System Preferences on Mac. Follow the below steps to manage Private Relay for Specific network [Home, School, Office or Public Place].

  1. Click on Apple Logo from top Mac menu > System Preferences Option.
  2. Next, Click on Network
  3. Then, Select Network from the left side of the window and Select Checkbox for “Use iCloud Private Relay” from settings.turn-onturn-off-private-relay-in-network-on-mac
  4. That’s it.


First Enable Private Relay for your Account from Mac, iPhone settings. Follow the above steps to turn on Private Relay. Then Manage the Private Relay setting for the individual networks from network settings.

Jaysukh Patel
Jaysukh Patel

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [OR]

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