- Apple’s “Hide My Email” feature lets you create fake email addresses that keep your real email private.
- You can use Hide My Email when signing up for new services with your Apple ID or when filling out forms.
- Any email sent to your fake addresses can be forwarded to your real one.
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Online privacy is incredibly important, but it’s hard to keep your identity secure when you have to give your email address away whenever you join a website. And if your email address is just your name – looking at you, [email protected] – you could be giving away even more data.
That’s where Apple’s “Hide My Email” service comes in. Hide My Email is a feature that lets you sign up for websites and fill out forms with a fake email address. This keeps people from seeing your email address, and still lets you get the emails you want.
Here’s how to use Hide My Email, and manage your fake email addresses.
How to use Hide My Email on your iPhone
Hide My Email is available to all users with iOS 15, but you’ll need iCloud+ to use it in some places.
You’ll see Hide My Email as an option in two situations:
Using Sign in With Apple
A few years ago, Apple launched the Sign in With Apple program. This lets you make accounts in new apps using your Apple ID information. It’s a quick way to get started in an app without having to remember a new username and password.
1. Open an app that offers Sign in With Apple as a choice when creating your account, and pick that option.
You should be given a choice: You can pick Share My Email, which gives the app your real email address; or Hide My Email, which will give them a fake one.
2. Pick Hide My Email, and then Continue.
Going forward, any email the app sends you will still be sent to your real email address, but the app won’t know what that address is.
Anyone with an Apple ID account can use this feature.
Signing up for a new service or filling out a form
This feature is only available to iCloud+ users.
When you fill out forms online, they usually ask you for your email address. Hide My Email works here, too.
1. Tap the text field that asks for your email address.
2. If your phone recognizes that it’s asking for your email, you’ll see Hide My Email appear as an autocomplete option. Tap it.
3. A menu will appear and offer you a randomly generated email address. Tap the refresh button next to it to get a new one, or Continue to save and use it.
4. On the next screen, give the fake email a Note so you can remember what it’s being used for, then tap Use.
How to find and delete your Hide My Email addresses
You can manage all of your fake Hide My Email addresses from the Settings app.
1. Open the Settings app and tap your name at the top of the page.
2. Tap iCloud, and then Hide My Email.
3. You’ll see a list of all the emails you’ve created, the option to create a new one right away, and a tab that lets you change where your emails get forwarded to.
4. If you tap on one of your existing addresses, you can change its label and note or Deactivate it. Deactivating the address won’t delete it, but emails sent to it won’t be forwarded to you anymore.
Deactivated email addresses can be reactivated by going back to the main Hide My Email page and selecting Inactive Addresses.