Create and delete iCloud aliases - here's the quick guide

Create or delete iCloud Mail Alias

An iCloud email address usually ends with @ icloud.com - older users may still know @ mobileme.com or @ me.com, but these are hardly used anymore. In fact, even Apple Support advises against using anything other than @ icloud.com.

iCloud email aliases - they're useful for that

An e-mail alias is basically a type of e-mail forwarding, since technically it is not a separate mail account. The prerequisite for an iCloud alias is therefore always an iCloud account, which, as an Apple user, has usually already set up.

An email alias is usually set up for two reasons:

  1. one would like to have an e-mail address that is easy to remember
  2. you want to hide your real iCloud address

But no matter why you want an iCloud alias, here you will find instructions on how to set it up and delete it again.

Here in the screenshot you can actually see all the important points that you have to click to get to the iCloud alias.

Here in the screenshot you can actually see all the important points that you have to click to get to the iCloud alias.

Set up iCloud alias mail address

To set up an alias for your current iCloud email address, go as follows:

  1. in icloud.com log in
  2. Select "Mail"
  3. Click on the gear (Settings) at the top left
  4. "Accounts" menu item
  5. "Add alias"

You can add up to three aliases. If there are already three, the "Add Alias" button is no longer available.

If you are in iCloud Mail in the settings, you will find the mail aliases under "Accounts" and you can create new ones there.

If you are in iCloud Mail in the settings, you will find the mail aliases under "Accounts" and you can create new ones there.

Delete or deactivate iCloud alias

If you no longer want to use an iCloud Mail alias, you have the option of deleting it or deactivating it (for temporary non-use). This also works via the "Accounts" menu, as described above:

  1. in icloud.com log in
  2. Select "Mail"
  3. Click on the gear (Settings) at the top left
  4. "Accounts" menu item
  5. Click on the relevant alias and then select "Deactivate alias" or "Delete alias"

If you still have problems with iCloud mail or an alias, please let me know. I like to try to help. Alternatively, you can get help from other readers in the Sir Apfelot forum - and of course from me.

And if you want to read a little more about iCloud, you will find the book "iCloud & Apple ID“From Anton Ochsenkühn a good companion.

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2 comments

  1. Chartie says:

    "In fact, even Apple Support advises against using anything other than @ icloud.com."

    Hallo,
    where did you find that?
    I can't even remove or deactivate my * .me.com from an alias.
    Va not from the "top one", ie the main IMAP account.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello! I did not find that, but was told by Apple Support when I had problems with the app-specific iCloud password. LG, Jens

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