Hide My Email: How to use iOS 15's fake email feature – Business Insider

Online privacy is incredibly important, but it’s hard to keep your identity secure when you have to give your email address away whenever you join a website. And if your email address is just your name — looking at you, jane.doe@gmail.com — you could be giving away even more data.
That’s where Apple’s “Hide My Email” service comes in. Hide My Email is a feature that lets you sign up for websites and fill out forms with a fake email address. This keeps people from seeing your email address, and still lets you get the emails you want.
Here’s how to use Hide My Email, and manage your fake email addresses.
Hide My Email is available to all users with iOS 15, but you’ll need iCloud+ to use it in some places.
You’ll see Hide My Email as an option in two situations:
A few years ago, Apple launched the Sign in With Apple program. This lets you make accounts in new apps using your Apple ID information. It’s a quick way to get started in an app without having to remember a new username and password.
1. Open an app that offers Sign in With Apple as a choice when creating your account, and pick that option.
You should be given a choice: You can pick Share My Email, which gives the app your real email address; or Hide My Email, which will give them a fake one.
2. Pick Hide My Email, and then Continue
Going forward, any email the app sends you will still be sent to your real email address, but the app won’t know what that address is.
Anyone with an Apple ID account can use this feature.
This feature is only available to iCloud+ users.
When you fill out forms online, they usually ask you for your email address. Hide My Email works here, too.
1. Tap the text field that asks for your email address.
2. If your phone recognizes that it’s asking for your email, you’ll see Hide My Email appear as an autocomplete option. Tap it.
3. A menu will appear and offer you a randomly generated email address. Tap the refresh button next to it to get a new one, or Continue to save and use it.
4. On the next screen, give the fake email a Note so you can remember what it’s being used for, then tap Use.
Newer versions of iOS 15 let you make a Hide My Email address straight from the Mail app, and use it to send emails from that fake address.
1. Open the Mail app and start composing an email.
2. Tap the From field and select Hide My Email.
As you start writing the rest of the email, your phone will create a fake email address for you.
You can manage all of your fake Hide My Email addresses from the Settings app.
1. Open the Settings app and tap your name at the top of the page.
2. Tap iCloud, and then Hide My Email.
3. You’ll see a list of all the emails you’ve created, the option to create a new one right away, and a tab that lets you change where your emails get forwarded to. Creating a new email here will give you an address that you can freely use anywhere, even if you’re not offered the Hide My Email option.
4. If you tap on one of your existing addresses, you can change its label and note or Deactivate it. Deactivating the address won’t delete it, but emails sent to it won’t be forwarded to you anymore.
Deactivated email addresses can be reactivated by going back to the main Hide My Email page and selecting Inactive Addresses.

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