Apple introduced privacy-focused features in iOS 15 with the ability to hide your IP address, hide your email, and much more. These features help you maintain your privacy while browsing the internet without using third-party services like VPN providers and more. But there might be times when you might want your IP address to be visible. This can be applicable when taking virtual tests, logging into work websites, accessing government websites, and much more. Turning off ‘Hide IP Address’ altogether can be a bit concerning in such cases, and Apple realizes that. Thus the company has now released the ability to selectively turn off ‘Hide IP Address’ for selected websites temporarily, and here’s how you can use that feature on your iPhone.
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How to turn off ‘Hide IP address” for a website and show your IP address easily
There are a few requirements before using this feature on your iPhone. Use the section below to help you get familiar with the requirements, and then use the subsequent section to toggle Hide IP Address on your iPhone. Let’s get started.
- 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 is expected to release by the end of this month, and if you wish to use this feature before the public release, then you can try installing the Dev Beta on your iPhone. We don’t recommend installing dev and beta builds on your daily driver as they contain bugs and development features that can prevent you from using your iPhone as intended.
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 have to completely turn off 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 and then visit the website where you wish to disable the ‘Hide IP Address’ feature. Now tap the accessibility icon in your URL bar.
Tap and select Turn Off HIde IP Address.
You will now be prompted for confirmation as the website you’re visiting, and your ISP will be able to view your IP address. Tap Continue to provide confirmation.
The website will now reload in your browser, and your IP Address will no longer be hidden for the currently selected website.
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Here are a few commonly asked questions regarding turning off ‘Hide IP address’ for a website.
Can I hide my IP address again for the website?
Yes, you can easily choose to hide your IP address again. Simply tap the accessibility toggle in your URL bar and select Turn On Hide IP Address. The website will then reload, and your IP address will no longer be visible to the concerned website or your ISP.
How long is the IP address visible when using this feature?
Your IP address will be visible to the concerned website and your ISP for the current browsing session. Once you close the website or Safari, the feature will automatically turn on again unless you choose to turn it off for the concerned websites again.
Why don’t I have the toggle for “Turn Off Hide IP Address”?
There could be a couple of reasons why this toggle isn’t available to you. Firstly the feature could be missing from the beta release in your region as Apple is still testing out this feature. Secondly, it could be that you’ve recently upgraded to an iCloud + plan, and the changes are yet to take effect on your device. We recommend you restart your device, and this option should then be available to you in Safari. Lastly, Private Relay could be turned off on your iPhone despite having an iCloud + subscription. Head to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Private Relay and then turn on the toggle for Private Relay on your iPhone. The option to selectively turn off Hide IP Address should then be available in Safari on your iPhone.
We hope this post helped you easily toggle Hide IP Address for websites individually on your iPhone. If you have any issues or more questions, feel free to drop us a comment below.
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