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.

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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,

Ryan

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  • Mona August 23, 2013, 11:45 PM

    Is it possible o do this using your ipad?

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    • Ryan August 24, 2013, 1:30 AM

      Hi Mona. Sadly, I don’t think it is possible. Granted, I attempted it from my iPhone. I downloaded several browser apps including Opera Mini, Chrome, Mercury, and Puffin Free. The best luck I had was with Puffin Free, but the webpage got cut off and I was unable to complete an alias. You may have better luck on the iPad due to it’s larger screen real estate. The trick is to find an app that makes the iCloud.com website believe all requests you send are coming from a desktop. If you know anyone with an Android device, you could also try it from their web browser. If you figure it out please leave a reply. If anyone reading this knows of a way please pass it along.

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