Apple has updated the iCloud Private Relay description in iOS 15.3 beta to clarify how it works and that if it does not work, it is not necessarily because it is unsupported by the user’s cellular plan. This change has come right after the confusion over T-Mobile’s ‘alleged’ blocking of the feature, which led the cellular company to lay blame on an iOS 15.2 bug.
While Apple has come out and clarified that the issue is not in iOS 15.2, it has made sure to elaborate in iOS 15.3 beta that if Private Relay is not working, it could either be turned off, or deactivated in cellular settings.
iCloud Private Relay text updates in iOS 15.3
Below in bold is the new changed text in Private Relay settings in iOS 15.3:
“Private Relay is turned off for your cellular plan. Private Relay is either not supported by your cellular plan or has been turned off in Cellular Settings. With Private Relay turned off, this network can monitor your internet activity, and your IP address is not hidden from known trackers or websites.”
However, as MacRumors noted, the updated text still does not consider the possibility that users might have disabled iCloud Private Relay per Wi-Fi network or cellular network basis. The option “Limit IP Address Tracking” can be used to toggle Private Relay on or off for cellular networks or specific Wi-Fi networks.
There is a possibility that a bug might be causing this feature to be disabled by default for specific networks, which is why users might be complaining about the problem.
Apple has said that iOS 15.2 does not have any changes which should disable Private Relay. The company has also updated its Private Relay support page to help users fix any incorrect settings that might be causing the feature to not work.
If you are facing this issue on T-Mobile, or any other network, make sure to check out Apple’s support page to fix your settings. Let us know if it resolves the issue for you.