iCloud: About email aliases

Email aliases are like nicknames for your email address. Learn more about the email aliases you can use with your iCloud account.

Email aliases mask your real iCloud email address and help prevent others from sending to your real iCloud address. You can send and receive email with an alias, and people who receive email from the alias will see the alias address instead of your real iCloud address.

You can also use aliases to help organize your iCloud email based on email address.

You can create up to three aliases for use with your iCloud account. Aliases are not separate from your iCloud account, but are part of your iCloud account. An alias cannot be used as its own iCloud account.


  • If you had more than three aliases when you moved your MobileMe account to iCloud, you can keep those aliases until you delete an alias. If your total number of email aliases in iCloud is more than three and you delete an alias, you will not be able to create a new alias to replace the deleted alias. 
  • Aliases are not transferable. Only the iCloud account that created the alias can use the alias.
  • If you delete an @mac.com or @me.com email alias, you cannot add it back to your account. For more information, see iCloud: About your @icloud.com, @me.com, and @mac.com email addresses.
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