With iOS 15 and the Hide My Email feature exclusive to iCloud+ subscribers, you can create unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox whenever you want to keep your personal email address private. In iOS 15.2, which is in beta right now, you can use Hide My Email directly from the Mail app.

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When you use Hide My Email, all the emails sent to the random Apple-created email address are forwarded to you so you can respond if needed, but the person on the receiving end does not see your real email address.

This is especially useful if you think that a business is likely to share your email address with ad agencies or other third-parties for marketing purposes. Providing them with a dummy address means you can delete the address at any time, ensuring any unsolicited emails don't reach your inbox.

Here's how it works with the Mail app in iOS 15.2.

  1. Launch the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the New Message icon in the bottom-right corner of the main Mail screen to compose a message in the normal way.

  3. Fill in the To: field. Next, tap the Cc/Bc, From: field to collapse it and then tap From again.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the list of available addresses and select Hide My Email.
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  5. Now compose your email as normal and send it.

In addition, as a paid ‌iCloud‌+ subscriber, you can use random email addresses when you're asked to enter your email address on a website in Safari. Just select the Hide My Email option when it appears on the screen.

You can also deactivate or delete addresses generated by Hide My Email, and change your forwarding address at a later date. See the links for details.

Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15
Related Forum: iOS 15

Top Rated Comments

contacos Avatar
8 months ago

This is a very good feature. But I'm not sure if it's going to be useful or beneficial?

What's the point of hiding the email when you can receive SPAM emails?
I have a LOT of pages I signed up for once upon a time that I do not even remember and now they got my email address which I wish they didn’t and therefore I wish this would have been available sooner.

Now I can sign up on page X and if I receive spam to that address, I know page X shared my email with 3rd parties and can easily erase that account with one click
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LV426 Avatar
8 months ago

This is a very good feature. But I'm not sure if it's going to be useful or beneficial?

What's the point of hiding the email when you can receive SPAM emails?
You can scrap the auto-generated email address proxy at a time of your choosing. No more spam.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bandaman Avatar
8 months ago

Is it kinda of email aliases addresses offered by ie Protonmail, Tutanota etc?!
Not even remotely. You can create unlimited aliases using this, whereas you are limited to a set amount with Protonmail and Tutanota. You can't delete aliases at will like you can with this Apple service. With Tutanota if you max out your aliases you have to wait a year before making new ones. With Protonmail you have to contact customer support just to delete an alias. With this Apple service you are in full control.



I have a LOT of pages I signed up for once upon a time that I do not even remember and now they got my email address which I wish they didn’t and therefore I wish this would have been available sooner.

Now I can sign up on page X and if I receive spam to that address, I know page X shared my email with 3rd parties and can easily erase that account with one click
Yes exactly. You can see exactly what idiots are sharing your e-mail address with third parties.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bandaman Avatar
8 months ago

Sounds good, but a i'm bit confused is it only for paid iCloud+ subs?
It’s only for iCloud+
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bankshot Avatar
8 months ago
This came in handy the other day when I was registering for a new website. Normally I use my own domain and just use companyname@mydomain.org to easily see when companies are selling or not protecting my info. But this website absolutely would not accept anything @mydomain.org as a valid email address. I've never encountered that before! I can't imagine the kind of sloppy programming that caused that (I suspect it didn't recognize any .org domain as valid).

Finally I hit the Hide My Email button in Safari, it created a random @icloud.com address, and it worked like a charm.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeadingHeat Avatar
8 months ago

I assume this is very similar to the existing feature where you can long press an email field on a registration website, and get Apple to generate a random @icloud.com proxy. I tried that recently. Meh, the website in question instantly reported that it won’t accept that kind of email address.
Yeaahh that’s probably a website I’d steer clear from if they’re actively blocking it. (In attempts to get your data most likely)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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