You should think twice before giving out your real email address to a random business or website. Not only can this lead to spam, but your email address can also end up in a marketing database.
This is where burning e-mail services (fake e-mail) Come in handy. But you do not have to worry about choosing a new service to rely on if you already pay for iCloud (or if you use Firefox, you can also use Firefox private relay). iCloud + (any paid iCloud plan) has a built-in Hide My Email feature that lets you generate unique burner email addresses for free.
You can then use these email addresses to sign up for a service, and the emails will be forwarded to your inbox. The best part? You can disable an email address in seconds.
How to set up a burner e-mail with “Hide my e-mail”
The Hide My Email feature is available in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. Open “iPhone or iPad”Settings”App, and tap on your profile from the top. Go to “iCloud“And choose”Hide my email“The alternative. If you’ve used the Sign In with Apple feature before, you’ll already see some unique addresses here.
Scroll down first and go to “Forward to“section. Here select the e-mail address where you want to receive the forwarded e-mails. You can choose from any e-mail address you have added in the Settings app. Press”Finished“To save the settings. Then, back in”Hide my email“Section, press”Create new address.”
iCloud will generate a random address for you. If you do not like it, press “Use a different address”-Option to generate another (it is not possible to create an address manually). Give the address a label, add a note and press “Next.“And you’re ready. Press”FinishedTo return to the Hide my email section.
Now select the email address you just created where you will be able to see the full email address. Just press it and select “CopyThe option to copy it to the clipboard.
You can also change the forwarding address and label from here. And when you have finished with the e-mail address, press “Disable the email address“And choose”Disable“From the popup window to confirm.
Hide My Email also works automatically
When you sign up for a new account in iOS 15, you should see Hide my email appears in the AutoFill tab. Tap it, and Apple will generate a burner email for you. Tap the arrow to generate a new email, make notes to remember the purpose of the email, or tap iCloud settings to return to the Hide email settings page. When you are ready, simply press “Use. ”