How To Use Hide My Email On Mac and iOS

Hide My Email is a new privacy feature of macOS and iOS that allows you to create forwarding email addresses to give to sites, services or anyone you send email. The recipient never sees your real email address. You can use this to manage future spam email or just maintain a level of privacy by not sharing your real email address.

Comments: 16 Responses to “How To Use Hide My Email On Mac and iOS”

    Bruce C
    9 months ago

    Thanks, Gary! I used HME (alias1.xxxx@icloud.com, e.g.) to sign up for a newsletter at a site (e.g., product.com). Later, I wanted to ask that site some questions about a product. I couldn’t find a way to send an email from alias1.xxxx@icloud.com, to jake@product.com, e.g., and ended up creating another HME (alias2.yyyy, or whatever HME generated) for the correspondence. Am I missing something, or is there no way to send an email to XXX@product.com from alias1.xxxx@icloud.com?

    9 months ago

    Bruce: I don't see a way to do that.

    Larry W
    9 months ago

    Does Hide My Email work with Gmail?

    9 months ago

    Larry: It is meant to work with iCloud email, but also has a feature where it will work with your Apple ID email address if it is on a different server. However, I can't test that easily.

    Mike
    9 months ago

    Everytime I choose to purchase something on my iPhone instead of my email address showing on the screen so that I can log in and choose password, it just says HIDE MY EMAIL, how can I stop this from occurring, I don't want to use HIDE MY EMAIL

    9 months ago

    Mike: You can choose your regular address from that menu, or ignore it and type.

    JC
    9 months ago

    Will this work with any email app, like Spark?

    9 months ago

    JC: No. It works with the Mail app and iCloud+.

    MB
    9 months ago

    If a website offers checkout as guest using Apple Pay. Can you manually create an HME and add it to your Apple Pay for that one time purchase and then stop forwarding/deactivate said HME once purchase is complete without your actual email being exposed? Or does this only work for signing up for websites?

    9 months ago

    MB: I don't think there is any way to have it work that way.

    Ed Adams
    9 months ago

    often when I am trying to create a login hide my mail does not show up - any idea why?

    Kathy
    2 months ago

    Hi Gary, I used hide my email for an app that I had to reach out for customer service but since the only way was through one of those chat bots I thought it would be a good idea to use it in that case. The party got my question & responded successfully however when I tried to reply on iOS, Mac, or on iCloud.com, I got a dialogue saying the message could not be sent as the email was either deleted or deactivated. It did not show as either of those on icloud, so I'm confused what happened. Thx

    Kathy
    2 months ago

    Hi Again Gary, to clarify, I did try to reply using Mac Mail, not another program. I am able to use the hide my email successfully with making dinner reservations, and other things that don't require me to reply...just wondering if this is a bug or if it's me. I was trying to test this and tried sending a message using this to my husband, but got the dialogue Cannot send Mail the server rejected the recipients address. I guess it was silly to test that way.Thanks for the excellent video. K

    Kathy
    2 months ago

    Hi Gary, I was hoping you'd have a moment to look at my questions about hide my email above. I realize you were on vacation, hope you had a wonderful trip. thanks, K

    2 months ago

    Kathy: Sorry, I didn't see there was a question there, with the way you ended the comment. I'm not really sure what you are asking. If it isn't working for you and you feel it should be working, you can always contact Apple Support and see if they can have a firsthand look.

    Kathy
    2 months ago

    Hi Gary Thank you for your response. I will do that. K

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