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iCloud Mail: Create, Turn Off & Remove Alias

Let’s pretend John Smith has a private iCloud mail address which is called “[email protected]“ and he doesn’t want to give away his private mail address to everybody. In this case, he could go to another email provider like Yahoo, Outlook or Google, and create a new email address. However, he could also take the smarter way: He can create an Alias for his iCloud mail address. This way he could use for example [email protected] for his business contacts. We show you how this works.

Email alias – Why?

An email alias is not an own email address, but one that hides the original email address to the receiver. In the beginning, we described a case that explains the email alias and why you would use it – namely in case you don’t want to give away your private email address to everybody. You can also use the email alias, when you buy products online or when you sign up for mailing lists. After the purchase or if you get too many emails from a mailing list, you could deactivate or delete the alias again (we get to this later).

You can have up to 3 active iCloud alias addresses (in addition to your real mail address).

iCloud: Create email alias > Mail > Settings > Accounts

If you want to create an email alias, you have to use your Mac or computer. Open the following URL in any internet browser:

Sign in with your Apple ID and password. Click the Mail button on the iCloud home screen. Inside the Mail, click the settings icon (wheel) and go to Preferences.

Then choose the category Accounts. In the sidebar, your iCloud mail address will be displayed in addition to your alias (if you have any). If you want to create a new alias, click Add alias.

Enter your preferred alias into the Alias field and click OK. You will be notified at this point if the email address already exists. Otherwise, you will see that the alias has been created.

Your iCloud Mail alias is now ready to use.

Disable and delete mail alias > Mail > Settings > Accounts

To disable or remove an alias, you have to click the certain alias on the Accounts screen. Now you have two options:

  • Click Disable alias and confirm with Done at the bottom. If an alias is deactivated, all emails sent to this will go back to the sender. You can activate the disabled alias any time. The amount of alias is still the same (max. 3).
  • Click Delete to remove an alias. This will not be able to use this alias again. So it cannot be reactivated. The amount of alias will be reduced (max. 3).

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