As we have mentioned before, this privacy function it works in two different ways. First of all you can use it with Sign in with Apple, allowing you to create an account with an email address generated in a totally random way within the application or website, as long as it is compatible. On the other hand also works with iCloud +, allowing you to generate all the random email addresses you need, through Safari or on iCloud.com, and that you can use anywhere and for whatever you want.
How does it work?
Hide my email what I do is create unique and random email addresses that will be used to communicate with who you said, and later, replies addressed to these addresses will be sent directly to your personal inbox, knowing that each address you generate will always be exclusive to you. Of course, you can directly read and reply to emails sent to these addresses that you have previously created, in order to maintain the privacy of your personal email account. This function works in two different ways.
If you create an account with an application you visit a website that supports the Sign In with Apple feature, you will have the opportunity to choose whether or not you want to share your email account with that application or website. If you choose the Hide my email option, a completely random email address will be generated to be used only with that application or web service.
On the other hand, if you have an iCloud + subscription, you can generate unique and random addresses from Apple’s own devices such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch that have installed iOS 15, iPadOS 15 or later. Another way to do this is from the Settings app or in iCloud.com if you want to do it from an Apple computer.
Also, so that you have all the peace of mind in the world with your Apple privacy states that it does not read or process the content that is included in the emails that pass through the Hide My Mail feature. Although you do have to know that it performs standard spam filtering, this being one of the requirements to maintain a good reputation as one of the trusted email providers. The moment you receive your email messages, what Apple does is remove them from its relay servers in a matter of seconds.
Unfortunately for all device users from the Cupertino company, this feature is not supported on all devices. The possibility of Logging in with Apple if all users can enjoy it, however, if you want to be able to generate as many random email addresses to use where you need them, this is limited, as we have mentioned before, to the devices that are cCompatible with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, which are the following.
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (8th generation)
- iPad (9th generation)
- iPad mini
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini (6th generation)
- iPad Air
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air (4th generation)
- iPad Pro
- All ‘Pro’ versions with compatible
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
However, you can always use, if you have the iCloud + service, the option to create email addresses randomly from the iCloud.com website with any computer with which you can access said website. In addition, the way to do it is really simple and you will not have any problem.
Steps to Hide your email address
Once you know all the information to know what this fantastic function that Apple puts on the table for all users who want to go a step further with their privacy, we now go with the steps to be able to make use of it. As usual, the steps to follow are really simple and do not have any difficulties, all with the aim that everyone can do it easily and quickly when they need it.
So you can do it from the iPhone or iPad
The first way we want to try is the one that allows you to create email addresses through an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch that is compatible with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15. You have a list with all the compatible models a few lines higher in this post. As we mentioned before, the steps are really simple to carry out.
- Open the app Settings inside your iPhone.
- Sign in with your iCloud account.
- Click on your username iCloud.
- Sign in to iCloud.
- Click on «Hide my email«.
- To create a new email address, click on «Create a new address«.
- Tap on Continue.
- Add a tag to your address and click Next.
Create random email addresses from the Mac
Once you know how you can do it from the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you have to know what steps you have to follow to be able to do it also from the Apple computer. The steps are really just as simple, but it is true that the process is totally different since it is not carried out from the Settings app. Here’s how.
- Access iCloud.com
- Sign in with your Apple account.
- Click on Account settings.
- Swipe down and, in the section Hide my email, click Manage.
- Choose Set up new email address.
- Add a tag to your address and click on Create email address.