How To Enable Mail Privacy Protection To Stop Tracking (iOS 15)

Mail Privacy Protection for iPhone

Mail Privacy Protection for iPhone

In iOS 15 you can enable Mail Privacy Protection! It’s a new feature that aims to prevent email tracking. When turned ON, it hides your IP address blocking senders from determining your location and tracking your online activity. It also hides info that can show trackers if and when you’ve opened an email.

How To Enable Mail Privacy Protection

Mail Privacy Protection iOS 15

  • The first time your open the Apple Mail app after updating iPhone or iPad to iOS 15/iPadOS 15 the Mail Privacy Protection splash screen is displayed.
  • Tap on Learn more… to read detailed info about this feature.
  • You’re required to choose if you want to:
    Protect Mail activity (Hide IP address and privately load all remote content)
    Don’t protect Mail activity (Show IP address and load any remote content directly on your device)
  • Tap Protect Mail activity and hit Continue.

Enable Mail Privacy Protection In Settings

how to enable Mail Privacy Protection
If you accidentally chose not to protect your Mail activity, you can undo this in Settings.
How to: Browse for Settings -> Mail -> Privacy Protection and enable Protect Mail Activity.

How To Hide IP Address In Mail

You can also opt for a partial Privacy Protection.
How to: Disable this new feature in Settings and its two main components can be tweaked independently:
– Hide IP Address and just hide your location while allowing senders to see if you’ve opened or read and email.
– Block All Remote Content if you need to share your location, but want to block tracking pixels instead.

Fact: Tracking pixels are secretly inserted in an email with the help of an image and are able to report if and when a message is opened. I’ve written more about this here.

Mail Privacy Protection Explained

Mail Privacy Protection details
If you want to check out more details about this new iOS 15 Privacy feature you can check the screenshots available below:

Have you enabled Mailed Privacy Protection on your iPhone? Do you have any questions about it? Use the comments section and share your feedback.

Related: Privacy is again an important focus in iOS 15. This comes after a series of privacy oriented features have been introduced by its predecessor. Check 10 of them over here.