We have to use our email addresses for so many things these days, so it’s wise to try to implement some of the best iPhone security practices possible. While some people have a backup email to use with people or organizations who may not be so careful, it can be difficult to manage different details.
The Hide My Email feature in iOS 15 allows you to skip this step by assigning yourself a randomly generated email address that automatically forwards all communications to your real account. Here’s how to use it in Apple’s Mail app.
What is Hide My Email?
Hide My Email is a feature available to iCloud+ subscribers that allows you to better protect your email address. Here’s how Apple puts it:
“Hide My Email is a service that lets you keep your personal email address private, whether you’re creating a new account with an app, signing up for an online newsletter, or emailing someone. one you don’t know well.”
It’s pretty simple to set up Hide My Email, and you can use it in a few places on your iPhone and iPad instead of typing in your actual email address. Let’s see how it works in the Mail app.
How to Use Hide My Email in the Mail App
If you’re an iCloud+ subscriber, you can choose to use Hide My Email in the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad when composing a new message.
- Open To post.
- Hit it Compose button. It looks like a pencil in a square.
Press the Cc/Bcc, From: domain.
- Press your e-mail address.
- Faucet Hide my email.
Type your email as usual. When you enter a recipient in the To: field, the Mail app automatically generates a random forwarding email. Faucet To send once you have finished.
The address created by Hide My Email will then be saved in your settings with the recipient as the label. Whenever you send an email to that person or organization in the future, just tap Hide my email again, and the system will automatically retrieve the previously used forwarding email each time.
Note that Hide My Email’s random email generation is only supported when there is only one recipient.
How to Disable Hide My Email Forwarding
A great thing about using Hide My Email with the Mail app is that it’s very easy to turn off mail forwarding by address.
So if you want a particular person to be unreachable, a company sending you too many emails, or a data breach that caused your randomly generated email address to now appear on the list of some spammers, you can cut this e-mail address disabled. Here’s how.
- Open Settings.
- Faucet your name.
- Faucet Hide my email.
Press the randomly generated email address you want to delete.
- Faucet Disable email address.
Faucet Disable to confirm.
Once you disable a Hide My Email address, messages sent to it will no longer be forwarded to your real email address.
You may not use Hide My Email very often, but it’s a good feature to have in your privacy arsenal when contacting someone new. It’s conveniently integrated right into the Mail app on iPhone and iPad, so you can better protect your privacy with just a few clicks.