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Hide My Mail creates temporary email addresses


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The newest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 15, has new privacy features for people who pay for iCloud storage.

One of the handiest new features is the ability to create a temporary email address — an email address that’s not linked to your identity but still forwards messages to your inbox. The feature is known as “Hide My Mail.”

These burner emails are good for signing up in forms on the web that you might not want to share your main email address with, Apple said when it announced the feature in June. The user can set up as many burner addresses they want and have them deleted when the time is right.

But there is a catch. Users must pay to store their iCloud data. Hide My Email is part of iCloud+, a new set of privacy features for people who pay Apple for iCloud storage.

Here’s how it works:

Making a new email address

  • Make sure you are subscribed to get additional iCloud storage. Hide My Mail is compatible with all iCloud subscriptions, including the 50GB plan which costs $0.99 per monthly.
  • Open the Settings app. The one with gears is it.
  • Tap on your Apple ID at the top.
  • Tap iCloud — it should say which storage plan you’re on next to it.
  • Tap Hide my email.
  • Tap Create a new address.
  • Fill out the form — you can give each burner email a label, and ask for a different randomly-generated burner email address.
  • Once you have created the email you can send it to any address and forward it to your Apple ID account.

Change forwarding address

  • If you’d like to forward emails from burner emails to another email address, that’s easy too.
  • Start the settings app.
  • Tap the Apple ID icon at the top.
  • Tap iCloud and then hide my email.
  • Scroll to the bottom. Look to the bottom for a “Forward To” box.
  • You might have to set up a new email address in your iCloud account — you can’t just plug in any email address.