Use Apple’s Hide My Email feature to reduce spam. here’s how

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Your email address is extremely valuable to websites, marketing services, apps, and other third parties. This plays an important role in how companies provide their products and services directly to you without much effort and expense. Spam and marketing emails here and there aren’t usually much of a concern, but over time they eventually become a nuisance when your inbox becomes flooded with them. Fortunately, there are solutions to prevent this from happening.

If you are an Apple user, you can minimize spam with the built-in Hide my email tool, which helps keep your inbox lean by preventing unwanted emails from showing up in the first place. The feature is part of a trio of privacy-focused services for iCloud users who pay for iCloud Pluswhich ranges from $1 to $10 per month.

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With Hide My Email, you can generate a random, anonymous email address to use when looking to get a discount or download something for free. Although emails sent to the anonymous email will be forwarded to your personal account, you can still disable the Hide my email address and prevent other emails from coming, especially after getting what you need (like a promotional code or a free download link). It works much like unsubscribing from a mailing list, but makes the process much easier on iOS.


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How does Hide My Email work to protect me from unwanted spam?

With Apple’s Hide My Email feature, you can generate unique and random email addresses when you need to provide your email address on a website. It will then forward mail to your actual inbox, while reducing the number of lists your legitimate email address appears on.

Hide My Email also lets you create and delete as many addresses as you need at any time, giving you more control over who can contact you. This is similar to Sign in with Applewhich uses your iOS device to verify credentials instead of your social account credentials (making it harder for others to track you online).

This can be a bit confusing, as Sign in with Apple also includes a feature called Hide my email, which does not require an iCloud Plus subscription. The difference is that the Sign in with Apple feature only works for signing up for apps and services, while the Hide My Email feature that’s part of iCloud Plus lets you create and delete email addresses. -email at any time. In other words, the “old” feature is an option that you can only activate when you sign up for a service with your Apple ID, but the iCloud Plus feature lets you do the same thing on demand for n any goal.

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Hide My Email helps you keep track of all the random email addresses you generate.

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Where is my email hidden on the iPhone?

Hide My Email is integrated directly into Safari, Mail and iCloud settings. It arrived as part of the 2021 software update for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey and iCloud.com. You can try it now while you have downloaded iOS 15.

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How do I configure Hide my email?

Here’s how to set up Hide My Email in iOS 15 once you’ve downloaded it:

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You can find and manage a list of all random email addresses generated by Hide My Email.

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1. Go to Settings and tap your name at the top to access your account.

2. Faucet iCloud > Hide my email.

3. Faucet Create a new address. Apple will automatically generate a unique random address that ends with @icloud.com and deliver it to your personal inbox. If you don’t like the created address, you can press Use a different address to see a new one. If you are satisfied, press Continue.

4. On the next screen, you can label your address and add a note to help you remember what it’s for. Faucet Next in the upper right corner.

Your random address is now created and you can use it wherever you want.

How do I manage or delete email addresses created through Hide My Email?

To manage all those random email addresses, here’s what to do:

1. Go to Settings and tap your name at the top to access your account.

2. Faucet iCloud > Hide my email. You’ll see a list of all the addresses you’ve created with the labels you’ve entered.

3. Tap any of the items in the list to see the app, the random address that Hide My Email created, where it’s forwarded to, the label, and any notes.

4. To remove one of the email addresses, tap Disable email address basically. A box will appear confirming your choice and informing you that you can reactivate the address from a list of inactive addresses. Faucet Disable.

However, if you use the Hide My Email tool through Sign in with Apple, you cannot remove the anonymous email feature without also completely removing Sign in with Apple. If you tap options in the Hide my email list, then you can tap Manage settings to view all apps and websites that currently use both Hide My Email and Sign in with Apple. In each of these options, you can press Stop using Apple ID to stop Hide My Email, but that will also remove Sign in with Apple, which means you’ll now have to find another way to sign in to that app or website.

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