Apple introduced privacy-focused features in iOS 15 with the ability to hide your IP address, hide your email, and more. These features help you maintain your privacy while browsing the internet without using third-party services like VPN providers, etc. But there may be times when you want your IP address to be visible. This may apply when performing virtual tests, logging into professional websites, accessing government websites, etc. Disabling “Hide IP Address” altogether can be a bit worrying in such cases, and Apple realizes that. So, the company has now released the ability to selectively disable “Hide IP Address” for selected websites temporarily, and here’s how you can use this feature on your iPhone.
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How to Disable “Hide IP Address” for a Website and Easily View Your IP Address
There are some requirements before using this feature on your iPhone. Use the section below to familiarize yourself with the requirements, then use the next section to toggle Hide IP address on your iPhone. Let’s start.
- iOS 16.2 or higher
- iCloud + Subscription
You can install iOS 16.2 Dev Beta 1, for now, to use this feature on your iPhone. iOS 16.2 is still in development and should be released by the end of this month, and if you want to use this feature before the public release, you can try installing the Dev Beta on your iPhone. We do not recommend that you install development and beta versions on your daily driver as they contain bugs and development features that may prevent you from using your iPhone as intended.
Step by step guide
You can choose to hide or show your IP address directly from Safar when browsing websites. This feature currently only works for Safari and not for other third-party browsers. You will need to completely disable this feature to stop hiding your IP address when using third-party web browsers on your iPhone. Use the steps below to help you toggle the “Hide IP address” option for selected websites.
Open Safari, then visit the website where you want to disable the “Hide IP Address” feature. Now tap the accessibility icon in your URL bar.
Press and select Disable IP address masking.
You will now be asked to confirm the website you are visiting and your ISP will be able to see your IP address. Faucet Continue to provide confirmation.
The website will now reload in your browser and your IP address will no longer be hidden from the currently selected website.
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Here are some frequently asked questions regarding disabling “Hide IP Address” for a website.
Can I hide my IP address for the website again?
Yes, you can easily choose to hide your IP address again. Just tap the accessibility toggle in your URL bar and select Enable Hide IP Address. The website will then reload and your IP address will no longer be visible to the relevant website or your ISP.
How long is the IP address visible when using this feature?
Your IP address will be visible to the relevant website and your ISP for the current browsing session. Once you close the website or Safari, the feature will automatically turn back on unless you choose to turn it off again for the affected websites.
Why don’t I have the toggle for “Disable IP Address Hiding”?
There may be several reasons why this toggle is not available to you. First, the feature might be missing from your region’s beta, as Apple is still testing this feature. Second, you may have recently upgraded to an iCloud+ plan and the changes have not taken effect on your device yet. We recommend that you restart your device, and this option should then be available in Safari. Finally, Private Relay can be disabled on your iPhone despite an iCloud+ subscription. Head toward Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Private Relay then enable the toggle for Private Relay on your iPhone. The option to selectively disable Hide IP address should then be available in Safari on your iPhone.
We hope this article helped you easily toggle Hide IP address for websites individually on your iPhone. If you have any issues or other questions, please leave us a comment below.
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