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How To Create An iCloud Email Alias

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Creating an iCloud email alias to get yourself a new email address is easy to do.

Many people have there own reasons for needing a new email address.  But you don’t have to sign up for a new email account to get one.  All you really have to do is create an alias.  And it is very easy to do.

When I was new to the internet I went everywhere.  And handed out my email to almost everyone that asked for it.  Tssk Tssk, I know.  So it wasn’t long before I was having to clear my inbox every week of a few hundred unwanted emails.  I truly HATE SPAM!

Enter email aliases.  Problem solved.  You essentially create a throwaway email address that goes in and out of your main account without effecting it.  If you goof up and give it to a website that sells your information, and in turn begin receiving a ton of email that you didn’t ask for, you just delete it and create a new one.

I use my alias email addresses primarily for new sites that I have no experience with.  Such as when shopping online.  If, after a couple of months, I need to go back to the site for something, and I haven’t received any new onset of SPAM, I will change to email address to my primary address.  I also use them when an email address is required for some type of drawing.  Ever sign up for that car parked in the middle of the mall?

Let’s dig in…I love options.  You can either watch the tutorial or scroll below for the written word.

Head over to iCloud.com and sign in to your account.  Once there, click on the email app.  At the top right corner you will see a gear icon.  Then click on “Preferences”.

Under the “Accounts” tab, at the bottom left, click on the “Add an alias” link.  In the window that pops up, pick your “Alias”, put your name in the “Full Name” area, and give it a “Description” like MAIN or SHOPPING.  Click “OK” and see if the alias is available.  If not, select a new one and try again until you find one that is available.

When the window closes, click on the newly created alias in the left column and make sure the check box next to “Receive mail and send mail from this alias” is checked.

If you are going to use your new alias as your main account, then go to the “Composing” tab.  Next to the “Identity” heading you will see “Send new messages from” and then a drop down box.  Make sure your new alias is selected and click “Done”.

If you are going to use the alias as a junk address then you don’t have to worry about the “Composing” tab.  Just be sure to double check any replies that you send to those iffy websites and make sure you are sending the reply from you junk account.

Deleting an email alias is pretty straight forward.  However, if you need some help, I covered it in the video.

Let me know what you think!

Happy iOSing,


Video Transcript

[Siri]Hello everyone. Thanks for tuning in to this Quick Guide Video from iDevice Mastery. Here is your host, Ryan OBarr.

[Ryan] Thank You Siri. Like she said, my name is Ryan OBarr from the iDevice Mastery website. You can find me over at www.iDeviceMastery.com.

In today’s Quick Guide Video I’m going to show you how to set up an alias email account for your @Me.com account in iCloud. So if you’re ready, let’s get to it.

So the first thing you want to do is head over to iCloud. You can find that on Google. Type “iCloud’ and it’ll be the first one that pops up.

Go ahead and sign in with your Apple ID and password. Once your’re in, go ahead and click on the Mail application.

Once that finishes loading, at the top right you’ll see that gear. Go ahead and click on that. The first thing that pops up will be the “Preferences”. Click on that.

We’re going to head over to the “Accounts” tab. At the bottom left there you’ll see “Add an alias”. Click on that one. You’re going to have to come up with an alias that’s not taken. This can be hard to do. We’ll try “John Doe”. It’s probably taken. Go ahead and enter a name for the account, and then give it a description. The full name is what’s going to be seen in somebody’s Inbox. You can select a label color if you want and then click OK. It’ll tell you if it’s been taken. This one has been taken. So let’s go with “jadough” spelled like the bread “dough”. Click on OK again. It’ll verify it, and we are good. So go ahead and click “Done”.

Make sure this “Receive mail and send mail from this alias” is checked. It’s the default, so it should be. You just want to double check and make sure.

Let’s go ahead and give this a test to make sure it works. We’ll just send it to ourselves here. This first time you’ll have to select it in the “From” dropdown. But we’ll change that here in a little bit. I just want to make sure it works first. And there it is as you can see.

Alright, let’s go back into the “Preferences”. Click on “Composing”. And we’re going to change this “Send new messages from” to our new main account to make that the default. Now every time you open a new Mail pane to compose a new email message that should be the default. You won’t have to worry about it.

Let’s go ahead and get rid of this account since we won’t be needing it anymore. We’ll go back to the “Composing” and switch back to our old account. Go ahead and click done. Oops! Shouldn’t have clicked done. Never mind. Because we still have to go back to the “Accounts” tab and delete it. Go ahead and click on that account and at the bottom here you’ll see “Delete” and that’ll be it.

If you start getting too much spam just go ahead and delete that account like I did.  When you’re done, make sure to sign out so no one hijacks your email. And that’s about it.

Alright everyone. Well, thanks for watching. Again, my name is Ryan OBarr. I’m with the iDevice Mastery website. You can find me again over www.iDeviceMastery.com. I’m also on Twitter @iDeviceMastery. And you can find me on Facebook under the same.

So, thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time.

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