With the introduction of iOS 15, Apple rebadged its paid iCloud plans to “iCloud+” to reflect the fact that subscribers now get access to additional privacy features like Private Relay and Hide My Email. This article explains what Hide My Email is and how to use it.
Hide My Email builds on the idea of Sign in With Apple by providing you with unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox whenever you want to keep your personal email address private.
It’s especially useful if you suspect that a business you’re transacting with is likely to share your email address with ad agencies or other third-parties for marketing purposes. Using a random email address means you can delete the address at any time, ensuring unsolicited emails don’t reach your inbox.
How to Create an Email Address Using Hide My Email
The following steps show you how to create a new dummy email address with Hide My Email, for use in Safari and Mail. Make sure your iOS device is running iOS 15 or later.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad
- Tap your Apple ID name at the top of the main settings menu.
- Tap iCloud.
- Tap Hide My Email.
- Tap Create new address.
- Tap Continue, then give your address an identifying label. You can also optionally make a noteabout it.
- Tap Next, then tap Done.
You can now use the random email address when you send emails in Mail, or when you’re asked to enter your email address on a website in Safari.