Last Updated on
Last Updated on
Hide my Email is a brilliant addition to the iCloud+ service Apple offers from just $0.99. This isn’t a sales pitch, but you’ll get the Hide my Email service alongside iCloud Private Relay/Hide my IP, 50GB iCloud storage, and more. Not bad for the price, but Hide my Email is still a paid service from Apple.
The idea behind Hide my Email is to primarily protect a user’s privacy. There are multiple reasons why someone would like to hide their real email address, but a major one is stopping spam in its tracks. Whilst spammers and fraudsters can reply to the dummy email Hide my Email shows, users are in complete control of the experience. Hide my Email users can forward dummy emails to a real one or shut it down altogether, making sure Apple customers have the last laugh.
Before sending your first stealth email address, it’s a good idea to set up a dummy email and forwards yourself. Although iOS 15.2 can automatically do this for you, it’s best to make sure everything looks legit and you’re getting replies to the right place.
Go to Settings > (Your Name) > iCloud > Hide My Email to get to the Hide My Email settings menu.
To make a new dummy Email address, select ‘Create New Address’, then follow the on-screen instructions.
Tap the email address you want to get rid of then select ‘Deactivate Email Address’. Side note: all forwarded emails linked to this address will no longer be received.
Select ‘Forward To’ followed by your email address. Only emails registered to your Apple ID will be selectable, however. Tap and hold over the forwarding Email address to copy it for pasting elsewhere if needed.
Now that you’re all set up, let’s learn how to send and reply using the Hide My Email iOS 15.2 feature:
Open up the Mail app and tap the compose button as normal. Double tapping the ‘From’ field will bring up the Hide My Email button, hit this for a dummy email address to pop up instead of your own. This can only be done to one recipient at a time, Hide My Email doesn’t currently support multiples in iOS 15.2.
To reply to an email chain that was originally sent from a dummy Email address, just reply as normal. You’ll notice the dummy Email stays the same in the ‘From’ field.