How to hide IP address in Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

How to hide IP address in Safari in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey

Apple now allows you to conceal your IP address in the Safari browser so that malicious parties or advertising corporations do not exploit your personal information. This capability is part of the tech giant’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention project. In this article, I will explain how you can hide your IP address in Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Why should you hide your IP address in Safari? 

While Safari stops trackers from following you across websites, perpetrators can still trace your IP address and relay your data to other websites, apps, advertisers, etc. 

And while tailor-made adverts can be helpful, they could also lead to a severe privacy breach. So, naturally, hiding your IP address is a wise decision. 

Hide IP address vs Private Relay

You can block websites from seeing or tracing your IP address by enabling Hide your IP address.

And Private Relay takes things to another level with a full IP mask, i.e., hides the IP address from websites and trackers. It also prevents ISPs from profiling you across different apps.

Notably, hide your IP address is available for all users with an updated Safari, while Private Relay is only for iCloud+ subscribers. If iCloud Private Relay is enabled on iPhone/iPad and Mac, you’ll see the following two options when you go to Hide IP address:  

  • From Trackers and Website   
  • From Trackers 

How to hide IP address in Safari on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Go to Safari
  3. Scroll down and tap Hide IP Address under the Privacy and Security section.
  4. Select From Trackers

    How to hide Safari IP address from trackers on iPhone

How to hide IP address in Safari on Mac

If you’ve updated to macOS Ventura or are still running macOS Monterey, here are the steps to know how to do it. 

In macOS Ventura

  1. Launch the Safari app. 
  2. Click Safari at the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Go to Settings.

     Go to Safari in Settings on Mac
  4. Enter the Privacy tab. 
  5. Check the box next to Hide IP address from trackers. Hide IP address on macOS Ventura 

In macOS Monterey

  1. Launch the Safari app. 
  2. Click Safari Preferences

    Click Safari and then prefrences on macOS Montery
  3. Go to the Privacy tab → select Hide IP address from trackers. 

    Hide IP address on macOS Monterey 

Use Private Relay to hide your IP address on iPhone

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Tap the Apple ID [your name] icon. 
  3. Go to iCloud
  4. Scroll down and tap Private Relay under the iCloud+ section. 
  5. Toggle on Private Relay

    hide IP address on iPhone using iCloud Private Relay

Use Private Relay to hide your IP address on Mac

The process of hiding IP addresses in macOS Ventura and Monterey are almost similar, with a few tweaks along the way.

In macOS Ventura 

  1. Click Apple logo → System Settings
  2. Choose [your name] iCloud
  3. Select Private Relay Options
  4. Click Turn On
  5. Select an IP address configuration
    • Maintain general location: Allow sites to display translated content in Safari while hiding your IP address. 
    • Use country and time zone: To utilize a more general location for your IP address while remaining inside your nation and time zone. 

In macOS Monterey  

  1. Go to Apple logo → System Preferences
  2. Select Apple ID iCloud. 

    Select Apple ID in System Preferences on Mac
  3. Check the box next to Private Relay

    Check on the box next to Private Relay
  4. As per your preference, select an IP address configuration:
    • Maintain general location
    • Use country and time zone

      Hide IP address on Mac using iCloud Private Relay on macOS Monterey

Bonus: Other ways to hide IP address

  • Virtual Private Network: Your IP address gets masked when you use a VPN to access the internet. iCloud Private Relay is similar to a VPN, but you can also opt for dedicated VPN services. Follow our ultimate VPN guide to learn more about how and why to use VPN. 
  • Ad Blockers: Though the above-mentioned methods are the most recommended. If you want to step up further, you can install a third-party Ad Blocker app to block Ads and mask your IP address on your device. 
  • Hide IP address in Cellular Settings (only for iPhone): Open Settings Cellular Cellular Data Options → toggle on Limit IP Address Tracking. 

FAQs

Q. How do I find the IP address on iPhone? 

To check your IP address on iPhone, go to Settings Wi-Fi → tap the (i) button next to the network name, and you can view your IP address under IPv4 Addresses. 

Q. Can your IP reveal your location? 

No, your IP address cannot pinpoint your precise location. However, it can give an idea of the vicinity. Furthermore, IP addresses are not capable of revealing specific personal information such as your name, phone number, address, and so on.

Winding up… 

Safari has seen several interesting improvements in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura. And I like that the change prioritizes privacy and accessibility. 

So much so that the latter has taken the lead in the Chrome vs. Safari war. What, according to you, are the advantages and disadvantages of Safari? Please share your opinions in the comments below. 

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