Among iOS 15’s feature list, the one that caught our attention the most is the new Hide My Email feature. Ask why? Because it is meant to improve the privacy and security of users.
Hide My Email let users create unique, random email addresses to use with apps, website and services instead of their personal email IDs. So, the personal email ID remains private and that results in reduced newsletters, unnecessary spam, advertisements and promotions.
Hide My Email feature can be used to create a new account on an app, sign up for a newsletter or even sending an email to an unknown person.
So, how does the feature work and how to use it? In this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know about the Apple Hide My Email feature.
Before that, make sure that you’ve updated your iPhone and iPad to iOS 15 and iPad OS15 respectively.
How does the Hide My Email feature works in iOS 15, iPadOS 15
There are two ways to use Hide My Email — Sign in with Apple and iCloud+. With the Sign in with Apple option, you can create a random email address right within the supported third-party app or website.
Do understand that all the addresses created is unique and all of them redirect to your personal email account and you can read, send or respond to an email using that randomly generated email address without revealing your personal email account.
Using Hide My Email is pretty simple. If you are creating a new account on a website that supports Sign in with Apple, you can use these randomly generated email addresses. On iCloud+, you first create a random email address and then it can be used with any app, website or service.
The best part of these randomly generated email address are that you are in full control of them. You can change them or even stop the message forwarding to stop receiving messages on your personal account.
How to enable Hide My Email on iPhone and iPad
Open the Settings app and tap on your name at the top
Tap on the iCloud option
Then, tap on the ‘+ Create New Address’ icon to generate random addresses
Tap on the Continue button and then enter a label for your new email address
You can also leave a note for the email address you are creating.
You Hide My Email is now ready to use.
How to deactivate an email address created using Hide My Email
Open Settings and head to iCloud settings by tapping on your Apple ID name at the top
Tap on hiding My Email and then tap on the email address you want to deactivate
Look for the option Deactivate email address and tap on it
Do understand that once you’ve deactivated your email address, you’ll no longer be able to use the app or website it was linked to.