Apple Mail Privacy Protection for iOS 15 and macOS Monterey: what is it and how to get it

As part of the security upgrades in Wednesday’s macOS Monterey 12.5.1 update, Apple’s Email Privacy Protection feature offers new privacy enhancements aimed at protecting your email. Originally released in September 2021, Apple’s Email Protection option is also available for iPhone users with iOS 15. And now, you can check out its new anti-tracking controls and eavesdropping alerts.

“Mail Privacy Protection helps protect your privacy by preventing email senders from learning information about your email activity. When you turn it on, it hides your IP address so senders can’t link it to your other online activity or determine your location. It also prevents senders from seeing whether you’ve opened the email they sent you,” Apple explains in its iPhone User Guide.

Now, Mail Privacy Protection also alerts you when apps attempt to access your microphone with the appearance of a new recording indicator in Control Center.

Here’s how to turn on and enable Apple Mail privacy protection on your iPhone or Mac.

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Activate Apple Mail Protection on iPhone iOS 15

1. Open Settings.

2. Scroll down and tap Mail.

3. Select Privacy.

4. Activate it Protect email activity switch by sliding it to the right.

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Enable Apple Mail Privacy Protection for macOS Monterey

1. On your Mac, open the Mail app.

2. Select Mailthen select Preferences.

3. Click on Privacy.

4. Select Protect email activity.

In its user guide for MacOS, Apple notes that if you deselect the Protect Mail Activity option, you can still choose to hide your IP address separately and block all remote content.

“When Block all remote content is selected, a banner will appear in a message when you view it indicating that it contains remote content; you can then choose to download the content,” adds Apple.

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