Apple iCloud: How To Create an Email Alias

Update: Apple no longer has accounts anymore. If you create an Apple account you will have a account.

Old Accounts

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 app icon.


Next, click Settings (gear icon) in the upper right-hand corner of Mail and click Preferences from the menu.


On the next screen, click on the Addresses button.


Next, click the “Add an alias” link near the bottom of the menu. Apple allows you to create up to three.

Add Alias

This is where you enter your new alias and click OK.

Note: This only will work for use in sending and receiving email. You won’t be able to use this as your Apple ID.
Create Mail Alias

If that user name isn’t taken, you’ll have your awesome new alias to use moving forward. Now, whenever you send an email message, you can choose to send it from the alias you just made instead of the default.

New Message

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

Delete Alias

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

Waiting Period

That’s all there is to it! Now you can take advantage of the free account offered through iCloud.




  1. Gouthaman Karunakaran

    Great article.

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

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

    • Steve Krause

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

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  4. Lee

    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

    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

    How to create email address on I cloud

  7. R.B.

    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

    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.

    • ste

      same. how can I get a .me alias?

  9. Brooke

    Thank you!

  10. Alaa Al Mansi

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

  11. Victoria

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

  12. Quique

    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

    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

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

      How would someone do that?

      • Katie

        Me too! I want an @me address rather than @iCloud

  14. Christopher Baldwin

    The instructions here no longer seem to apply. There is no preferences cog in the upper right corner of the screen when I log in and access Mail.

  15. Samuel Yadav

    It’s very old screenshot. Now, alias can be created on And through alias you can not login to account nor can be converted as Apple ID.

  16. Indusekar

    It is not working even in interface

  17. Tay

    Good morning, I would just like to know how you got the @me part instead of the @icloud. Thank you for your time.

    • Tay

      Never mind I just saw that “apple no longer has @me acounts”

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