Using an iCloud email alias is a great way of disguising your real email address. You can use an alias when signing up for newsletters or websites, keeping your real address out of their database. We’re going to show you how.

Handing your real email address over to someone who you might not know or trust to keep it private can lead to spam and general misuse. By creating an alias, you’re adding a buffer between the email sender and your master email address. They never see that master email address; all the messages sent to your alias addresses automatically appear in your normal inbox—the one attached to your real email address—and the sender need never know that address in order to reach you. Think of it as an email firewall, if you will.

The beauty of giving an alias email address out is that if it does become a source of constant spam, you can simply burn it and create another. That’s not so easy if it’s your master email address. Sounds great, right?

It really is, and Apple lets you create a bunch of aliases for your email address.

Creating an Alias

To create an alias, head over to and log in if you haven’t already. Next, click “Mail.”

Next, click the cog icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen before clicking “Preferences.”

Click “Accounts” and then click “Add an alias.”

A pop-up window will appear. Enter an alias for your new address, as well as your full name. Remember, the alias you are choosing has to be unique—it can’t be one that someone else already has (just like a “regular” email address). You can also assign a label and label color if you wish. Once complete, click “OK.”

You will see a confirmation that the new alias has been created. Click “Close.”

Your new alias is now ready to use. Any emails sent to your new alias will automatically appear in your main inbox as if they had been sent to your master email address.

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