In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to send an email from a false (or burner) email account created with hiding My Email. This will allow you to send emails without disclosing your actual email address. This has a number of advantages, including:
- Your real email address will be hidden from the recipient.
- This email will be forwarded to your real email address if the recipient answers.
- If the recipient sells your email, you’ll be notified. If the bogus email receives a lot of spam, you’ll find out about it.
- If you wish to, you can remove or deactivate this phone email, for example, if it starts receiving too many spam messages.
Although Hide My Email aids in the protection of your privacy and anonymity, it is not a completely safe or anonymous means to send emails. If your privacy is essential to you, though, you may want to utilize Hide My Email because it has a built-in option to hide your true email address.
Apple’s spoof email service is called Hide My Email. It’s an iCloud feature that works on iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. This will generate an email address without a name; this email will have no obvious connection to you. To utilize Hide My Email, you must be an iCloud+ subscriber.
Send emails from burner accounts using Hide My Email
- Open the Mail app on your phone or tablet.
- Select Compose Email from the drop-down menu.
- The Compose window will appear on the screen.
- Simply fill up the “To:” field with one or more recipients. If you wish to, type a subject. Then type in your email message. Don’t send it just yet.
- Tap the “From:” field if you’re using an iPhone or iPad. All of your email accounts will be opened as a result of this. “Create a random address that forwards to your inbox,” says the Hide My Email option at the bottom. This should be tapped.
- If you’re using a Mac, open the “From” drop-down menu and select Hide My Email.
Automatically, a random email account will be generated. To send this email, touch the Send icon when you’re ready.
This email will be sent to the recipient from a @iCloud.com address that will be generated at random. Any email sent to this Hide My Email address is routed to your primary email account.
‘Update Your “Forward To” Email Address’ error
When you try to pick the Hide My Email option in Mail, you get an error notice that says “Update Your “Forward To” Email Address.”
If you receive this, you will be unable to send this email until your “Forward To” email is changed. This error notice appears because the email account you’re using to send the email does not match the Hide My Email forwarding settings.
This can be done on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or on the iCloud website.
- Go to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > Hide My Email > Scroll down to the Forward To area on your iPhone or iPad. Select the relevant email account by tapping that.
- Go to System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud > Hide My Email Options > choose the proper address by clicking the Options button next to “Forward To” on your Mac.
- To do this on iCloud.com, open a browser and type icloud.com into the address bar. Enter your Apple ID username and password to log in. Then, under hiding My Email, select the Manage tab under Account Settings. Choose the proper “Forward To” email address.
I’ve shown you how to use the Hide My Email feature to send emails using a burner, or phone, email account in this article.
To safeguard your privacy, this burner account was generated at random.
This service is not available if you are on the free iCloud plan. Upgrade to iCloud+ if you don’t already have it. Plans for iCLoud+ start at $0.99 per month.
This functionality is available regardless of the iCloud+ subscription you have; only the free plan does not.