iCloud Email Address: A Productivity Device You Probably Did Not Know
I have never blogged much about Icloud Mail or Yahoo Mail because I never found it useful or interesting except for leaving disposable addresses in Yahoo Mail.
A disposable address lets you create a 500 temporary email address within Yahoo Mail. You can create a disposable address at any time and delete it after use. If you do not want anyone to reveal your “real” email address, then this is a good thing.
This is a feature which is actually missing in Gmail or Outlook.com, but both Gmail and Outlook support support addresses, although this is not useful as disposable addresses. Anyway, I did not want to switch to Yahoo Mail only to get that feature.
But a few days back I realized that an Icloud email address (@ icloud.com) is also useful – and interesting – because it supports both sub-addressing and disposable address (sort).
So what’s happening with iCloud mail?
iCloud Mail was just another email address for me. Actually, I never liked it or used it too much because I was quite convinced that there was nothing to offer than Gmail or Outlook or even Yahoo Mail.
Recently when I was searching for different options under iCloud Mail preferences, I found that iCloud’s email aliases do different things and this is actually a combination of Outlook.com’s nickname feature and Yahoo Mail’s disposable address .
With ICloud mail, you can create 3 email aliases and what is really interesting about it is that when you do not need it you can turn it off. For example, you can create an iCloud email alias (and automatically set up “Rules” to organize those messages) to sign up for the mailing list and later delete it when you Those newsletters are not required.
To create, delete, or close an email alias, go to iCloud.com> Mail> Preferences> Account. You can create 3 aliases and you can delete or close it at any time. And yes, you can also send an email to all your active aliases. But deletion is permanent and you should do only when you are sure you will not need it.
And hey, all your iCloud email addresses support sub-addressing. It basically means that you can add a plus (“+”) mark and a keyword after your primary username or any of your aliases and it becomes virtually another email address.
For example, if your primary iCloud address or nickname is email@example.com, then all the following addresses – firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, etc. – are related to you.
Bonus 1: Sub-addressing @ Gmail and Outlook
Gmail was one of the first email service providers to support “plus addressing” and is now very common among all colleagues like Outlook.com. On Gmail and Outlook.com, your single @ gmail.com or @ outlook.com address = unlimited email addresses. You can add a plus (“+”) sign and a combination of words or numbers after your username.
For example, if my Gmail username is “Maheshon” then all the following addresses – firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc. – are valid and all messages are sent to them Send to the address will be delivered to my primary inbox. And it also works on Outlook.com!
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Bonus 2: Alias @ Outlook.com and Yahoo Mail
Outlook.com supports both sub-addressing and multiple nicknames. But this is quite different from iCloud mail because you can not turn it off. An Outlook.com nickname is like an additional email address that can send and receive messages like your primary account – except that both share the same inbox.
You can permanently delete it but can not turn it off. However, when you become publicly available, you (or anyone else) can register it again.
Yahoo’s nickname works in a different way. You can create an additional email address or multiple aliases Additional email address is similar to another Yahoo ID but the alias is the extension of your primary Yahoo ID. It basically means that you can not get an email on your aliases, but it can be used to mask your Yahoo ID on public Yahoo portal like Messenger, Message Board etc.
So if you want to create an email account for your work, then you have to create an additional email address and if you want to fight spam then you have to make a disposable email address (explained below).
Bonus 3: Disposable Address @ Yahoo Mail
With Yahoo Mail, you can create 500 disposable addresses and if you wish, it can also work as a permanent address.
It works like this: You get a new user name (known as the base name) which is basically the first part of your disposable address and it will be present in your future disposable address (it is permanent and you have it Can not change later).
Once the base name is established, you start your disposable address
email@example.com, etc. That is, your original name and keyword are separated by a hyphen, not a plus (“+”) sign. And I can also send emails from all my disposable addresses. It is good that Yahoo is using a “hyphen” (and not “plus sign”) because it looks more reliable than an email address with a plus (“+”) sign in it. Do not Miss: Gmail Vs Hotmail Vs Yahoo! Mail: The idea of closing a final comparison was my preferred email service (and was always) Gmail though I tried switching to Outlook.com too. However, I hate address @ gmail.com, and if I have to go for it then prefer @outlook.com or even @ hotmail.com account. But now it seems like iCloud Mail is also useful. What do you think? Just if I miss another unique feature of Icloud Mail then let me know as a comment below and I would be happy to list it. Happy emailing (and spam fighting)! 😉