How to Create an Alias for Your iCloud Email Address

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Using an iCloud email alias is a great way to hide your real email address. You can use an alias when you sign up for newsletters or websites, keeping your real address outside of their database. We will show you how.

Transferring your real email address to someone you may not know and trust and keep confidential may result in spam and misuse. By creating an alias, you add a buffer between the sender of the email and your primary email address. They never see this main email address; All messages sent to your alias addresses automatically appear in your normal inbox – the one attached to your actual e-mail address – and the sender never needs to know that address to reach you. Think of it as a messaging firewall, if you will.

The advantage of giving an alias to an email address is that if it becomes a constant source of spam, you can simply burn it and create another one. It's not that easy if it's your main email address. Sounds good, does not it?

That's really the case, and Apple allows you to create a multitude of aliases for your email address.

Creating an alias

To create an alias, go to and log in if you have not already done so. Then click on "Mail".

Click Mail

Then click on the gear icon in the lower left corner of the screen before clicking on "Preferences".

Click on the Cog icon. Click Preferences

Click on "Accounts" and then "Add Alias".

Click Accounts. Click Add Alias

A pop-up window will appear. Enter an alias for your new address, as well as your full name. Do not forget that the alias you choose must be unique. There can be one already used by someone else (just like a "classic" email address). You can also assign a label and a label color if you wish. When done, click "OK".

Enter an alias and your name. Click OK.

You will see a confirmation that the new alias has been created. Click on "Close".

Click close

Your new alias is now ready to use. All emails sent to your new alias will automatically appear in your main inbox as if they were sent to your primary email address.


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