iCloud: Create or change email aliases

Create or change email aliases

An email alias is an email address that conceals your actual email address from a recipient. An alias can help you manage the email you receive, and monitor the sources of unwanted messages. You can both send and receive email from an email alias using Mail on iCloud.com.

With iCloud Mail, you can have up to three active email addresses, and you can turn an email alias on or off at any time. You can also delete email aliases that you no longer want to use. While turning off an email alias is temporary, deleting it is permanent. When an alias is turned off or deleted, email sent to that alias is returned to the sender.

Note: If you had five MobileMe email aliases when you moved your account to iCloud, you retain the five aliases. However, if you delete one of your five aliases, you can’t create a new one to replace it.

You can’t use an alias to sign in to iCloud.com, and you can’t use an alias to create a separate Apple ID.

Create an email alias

  1. Click the Action pop-up menu in the sidebar, then choose Preferences.

  2. Click Accounts.

  3. Click “Add an alias.”

  4. Provide the requested information:

    • Alias: The text you provide becomes the email address (alias@icloud.com). An alias must contain between 3 and 20 characters.

    • Full Name: The name you provide appears in the From field of the messages you send.

    • Label: iCloud Mail uses the label to categorize messages sent to the alias.

    • Label Color: Messages sent to the alias appear in your Inbox with the colored label that you specify. Alias labels appear only in Mail on iCloud.com.

  5. Click OK, then click Done.

Change, turn off, turn on, or delete an alias

  1. Click the Action pop-up menu in the sidebar, then choose Preferences.

  2. Click Accounts.

  3. Select the alias in the Addresses list, then do any of the following:

    • Change the name or label: Enter a new alias name and label in the fields provided. Alias names must contain between 3 and 20 characters.

    • Choose a new color for incoming messages: Click a Label Color option. Alias labels appear only in Mail on iCloud.com.

    • Turn off an alias: Select “Disable alias.”

    • Turn on an alias: Deselect “Disable alias.”

    • Delete an alias: Click Delete.

  4. Click Done.

Set a default address to send from

  1. Click the Action pop-up menu in the sidebar, then choose Preferences.

  2. Click Composing.

  3. Click the “Set a default address” pop-up menu, then choose the address you usually use.

  4. In the list of addresses, select the ones you want to be able to send from while using iCloud Mail.

    The selected addresses appear in the From pop-up menu when you create a new message. For instructions, see Write and send email.

Select addresses to send from on your device

  • On your iOS device, go to Settings > Mail > Accounts > iCloud (or Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > iCloud). In the Advanced section, tap Mail, then enable the addresses you want to use in “Allowing sending from.”

  • On your Mac, open Mail, then choose Mail > Preferences. In the Composing pane, click the “Send new messages from” pop-up menu, then choose the address you usually want to send from.

  • On your Windows computer, do one of the following:

    • In Outlook 2010, 2013, or 2016, choose File > Info > Account Settings > Account Settings, click the Email tab, select the address you usually want to send from, then click “Set as default.”

    • In Outlook 2007, choose Tools > Account Settings, click the Email tab, select the address you usually want to send from, then click “Set as default.”

Published Date: Sep 27, 2017
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