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Apple iCloud: How To Create an Email Alias

Since the introduction of iCloud, users have found themselves stuck with an old email address they didn’t want. Fortunately there is a solution – creating aliases. Here’s how.

First go to and log in with your Apple ID.

iCloud Sign In

Then click the Mail icon.


Click the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of Mail, and click Preferences.


Next, click on Addresses.


Click Add an alias. Apple allows you to create up to three.

Add Alias

This is where you enter your new alias.
Note: This only will work for use in sending and receiving email. You won’t be able to use this as your Apple ID. Click OK.
Create Mail Alias

If that user name isn’t taken, you’ll have your groovy new alias. Whenever you send an email message, you can choose to send it from the alias you just made.

New Message

If you’re not happy with an alias, delete it by selecting the alias in Preferences>>Addresses, and clicking Delete Alias.

Delete Alias

If you’re deleting one after reaching the limit of three, you’ll have to wait seven days before creating another.

Waiting Period

Now you can take advantage of the free account offered through iCloud. Groovy!


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15 Responses to Apple iCloud: How To Create an Email Alias

  1. Gouthaman Karunakaran November 1, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Great article.

    I’m not sure, but the title kinda sounds weird.

    Shouldn’t it be “Create an Alias” or “Creating Aliases”?

    • Steve Krause November 1, 2011 at 9:12 am #

      @Gouthaman good point – Title needed a little love. Thx for the FYI!

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  4. Lee January 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    I did all of the above. And the new alias email address appears as a “Reply from” option on my MacBook and my iPhone — but not on my iPad. (they’re all linked via iCloud) How can I use that alias as a reply from option on my iPad as well? Thanks,

  5. Johnni January 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    It is nice to be able to add different Alias Names on, but how do I use those in Apple Mail on my Laptop? It always gives it the exact same name!

  6. Vijand dutt January 27, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    How to create email address on I cloud

  7. R.B. August 21, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Can you tell me how I can purchase more aliases after I have used mine up? I don’t want to delete the ones that I have already created.

  8. Kandi February 7, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    when I create an alias, it is and I would prefer it be from
    Do you know how to change it? There isnt a drop down bar in the ‘Create Alias Email’ window.

  9. Brooke April 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Thank you!

  10. Alaa Al Mansi February 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    I want to set up account @me and I was change the way you please help me

  11. Victoria February 3, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

    I was trying to set me up an account so I can know my apple password

  12. Quique March 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    I was using account in windows 8 system but I had to format my pc and I don’t know how to set back this account.
    I will appreciate any help

  13. thaaj January 28, 2016 at 2:07 am #

    I Want to create account, I was trying to set up as you mentioned above ,But now a days could not get please Help me

    • Walt D in LV July 1, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

      Me, too!
      I’d like an account not account.

      How would someone do that?

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