3 Ways to Instantly Create a New Email Address for Yourself
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You don’t need to go through a sign-up process every time you want a fresh email address.

That’s time consuming, annoying, and unnecessary when there are far easier and quicker ways to get yourself a new email address for sharing with people, using on websites, and so on. We have outlined three of our favorites here. They ensure that you don’t have to log in and out of multiple inboxes to check for updates.

1. Gmail Separators

Email received at Gmail alias created using a separator

Let’s say your Gmail username is muoreader, which means you receive emails at muoreader@gmail.com. Now, you can share/use any number of new distinct email addresses with a simple trick. All you have to do is append a special Gmail separator—the + (plus) sign—to your username, followed by any keyword of your choice. Here are a few valid addresses for example:

  • muoreader+newsletters@gmail.com
  • muoreader+banking@gmail.com
  • muoreader+shopping@gmail.com
  • muoreader+friends@gmail.com
  • muoreader+ignore@gmail.com

Emails sent to any of these unique addresses will still end up in your Gmail inbox, but now it’s easier to organize your inbox. You can filter emails by their To address and add labels to emails in bulk. Plus, you can create filters to tell Gmail what to do with the messages sent to each of these new addresses.

This Gmail separator trick is also a great way to pinpoint sources of spam in your inbox and block them.

There’s one more benefit: you can use a single Gmail address to sign up for the same website multiple times. While a few websites will suppress the separator or not allow any non-alphanumeric characters, most of them will let it slide.

Problems may arise if a website decides to treat the separator as an invalid character, but does not warn you about it with an error message. In such cases, an email intended for you at muoreader+vip@gmail.com could end up going to the person who owns the address muoreadervip@gmail.com.

Keep in mind that while separators (and dots) in your Gmail address don’t matter, they could be used to scam you.

Outlook also supports the separator feature. You’ll find a few other email providers that do the same, but the symbol they use as a separator might be different. A few services use a hyphen instead of the + sign.

2. Email Aliases

Alias creation screen in Outlook

The Gmail addresses you can create using separators as we discussed above are essentially email aliases.

Think of an email alias as a nickname or front for your primary email address, or simply as a forwarding address. Behind the scenes, nothing changes—you can use your main inbox, its settings and contacts to send and receive email. Only the name and address on the digital envelope are different. You’re free to delete the alias anytime.

Email aliases come in handy when you want to:

  • Mask your primary email address.
  • Protect your inbox from junk mail.
  • Leave comments on websites.
  • Sign up for newsletters.
  • Set up a dedicated inbox temporarily to, say, post a job ad or sell an item online.
  • Share distinct addresses in different situations.
  • Filter and organize messages related to different roles and projects at work.

Wondering how to create aliases? The answer depends on the email service you use and a simple web search should reveal them. Here are the requisite instructions for a few common email services.

Gmail

You can use the + sign as a separator to create Gmail aliases or you can use any of your existing email addresses as a Gmail alias. To do the latter, first click on Settings in the menu hidden behind the gear icon below your profile picture at the top right in your inbox.

In the Gmail settings that show up, switch to the Accounts tab. Now, under the Send mail as section, click on Add another email address.

Next, in the popup box that appears, follow the onscreen instructions to set up an email address as an alias. Be sure to leave the Treat as an alias checkbox selected. Read this Gmail support page to learn what exactly that option does.

Outlook

Open the Your info page of your Microsoft account and click on Manage how you sign in to Microsoft. On the next page, click on the Add email address under the Account alias section to reveal the Add an alias page.

Here, you can create an alias that ends with @outlook.com or set an existing email address as an Outlook alias. Wrap up by clicking on the Add alias button.

Microsoft limits you to 10 aliases per email account. Learn more about adding aliases in Outlook.

Zoho Mail

Zoho Mail supports aliases only for accounts that use the service as an email host for a custom domain. If you have such an account and have admin privileges to go with it, you can create aliases from Zoho Mail’s Control Panel. In this section, click on User Details in the sidebar and in the right-hand pane, click on the user you want to create an alias for.

Once that user’s profile shows up, visit the Mail Accounts section via the navigation menu and click on the Add new alias link to proceed. If you run into trouble at any point, the Email Administration section of Zoho’s email hosting setup guide will come to your rescue.

Does your email host use cPanel? In that case, you can log in to your cPanel account and create aliases from Email > Forwarders.

3. Disposable Email Addresses

Dashboard for disposable email addresses in 33Mail

For one-off registrations, it’s best to use a throwaway email address. Get one easily with these services for disposable email addresses. You can choose from options that give you a:

Note that each of these services have their own set of rules for dealing with email. Go through their features one by one to choose the service that suits you best.

Another useful option, and my personal favorite, for creating disposable email addresses is 33mail. Once you sign up for the service with your primary email and pick your username, you can have any number of email inboxes. You don’t have to create them manually. If you share any email that ends with @your_username.33mail.com, 33mail forwards all messages sent to that email to your primary inbox.

Blur is a good alternative to 33mail. It can mask your email, credit cards, and more. And did you know that you can get disposable email addresses in Yahoo Mail also?

If you want more ways to protect your identity, learn how to send completely anonymous emails How to Send Anonymous Emails: 5 Stealthy Methods How to Send Anonymous Emails: 5 Stealthy Methods To send an anonymous email isn't hard. And there are legitimate reasons to use an anonymous email account. We show you how. Read More . Obviously, using disposable addresses is a no-no when you’re dealing with important or official emails.

Fresh Email Inboxes Made Painless

It’s important to keep your work emails separate from your personal emails for obvious reasons. Sometimes, you might even want to create dedicated inboxes for personal emails from different types of websites such as social networks, dating sites, your banking websites, etc.

In such cases, a new email address can help. It works like an identification tag to organize emails across your personal and professional life 5 Digital Habits to Cleanly Separate Your Work and Personal Life 5 Digital Habits to Cleanly Separate Your Work and Personal Life You can disconnect your digital personal life from your digital work life. Let's explore some ways to make that happen. Read More . And if it’s disposable, it can help you avoid a lot of spam and other grey mail. As we saw above, there are easy ways to create an email address without the effort of signing up for a service every time.

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  1. Thomas Kainz
    May 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    If you already have your own domain with the ability to create multiple email addresses for yourself, then find out if you have the ability to create a "catch-all" email address. A catch-all email address (usually and asterisk@yourdomain) is a specific email address that will catch any emails sent to your domain that doesn't specifically match any regular email address at the same domain. So, suppose my domain is "mydom.com". I would create a 'regular' email... say 'tom@mydom.com' then the catch-all email - '*@mydom.com'. Any emails sent to 'tom@mydom.com' would go to that email address but ANY other email sent to mydom.com would go to the catch-all email address folder. I use this process to sign up for new stuff or discounts where they want an email address. In that case, I make up the email address on the fly - it goes to my catch-all email account. I use the email to confirm whatever it is I'm signing up for after which I can just forget about it. I basically treat my catch-all like my spam account. It works very similiar to the Gmail '+' trick, but for my non-Gmail email accounts

  2. Anonymous
    June 21, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Your article is very nice and very easy to understand but I prefer my current email.. carabuatakun.com

  3. A.krishna veni yadav
    November 15, 2012 at 4:39 am

    for email id we not got password

  4. Ajaz.ul.haq
    November 14, 2012 at 5:31 am

    how i create an email address. please guide me. thanks

  5. Gracie
    September 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    so far i love my email

  6. I.B.G
    September 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Infact i having to ge mail.but password gives me though time

  7. Anuj pathak
    August 4, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I am the student of B. Com

  8. syed ali
    July 31, 2012 at 5:30 am

    i have father and mother

  9. syed ali
    July 31, 2012 at 5:30 am

    my name is ali

  10. syed ali
    July 31, 2012 at 5:29 am

    i live in karachi

  11. james
    July 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    i like yahoo emails

  12. adishwar
    July 14, 2012 at 6:17 am

    please make a new email id

  13. pendragon
    July 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I'm using http://www.instantlyemail.com

    It's an excellant disposable email address service and has saved me from loads of spam.

  14. Shehan Nirmal
    June 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm
  15. Dan
    June 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    My hotmail account allows 5 aliases. O_o

    • Craig Snyder
      June 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

      They may have recently raised the limit, or I believe reading an article where it was mentioned that accounts that have been opened for a longer period of time gain more "trust" with aliases. Maybe a new alias per year?

  16. Himanshu Singla
    June 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I still didnot get it..kindly help me out..??

    • Mike
      June 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      This method is called "sub-addressing". Most mail servers and some services like Gmail allow you to 'create' (infinite) sub-addresses for your email address.

      Let's say you got a Gmail address named "himanshu@gmail.com":

      All mails sent to e.g. "himanshu+muo@gmail.com" and "himanshu+whatever@gmail.com" would be delivered to your (default) Gmail inbox.

      For example if you want to use Gmail for both, private and business you could share "himanshu@gmail.com" to all business associates and ask all private contacts to use "himanshu-private@gmail.com".

      Emails are neither 'tagged' (which is how Gmail works) nor sorted into specific folders by using sub-addresses. But it makes it very easy to identify and therefor filter them this way.

      For example you could setup a rule that puts all emails that use "+private" into a folder called 'Private'.

      • Mike
        June 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

        typo: I meant "himanshu+private@gmail.com" up there

      • Himanshu Singla
        June 6, 2012 at 4:09 am

        Thanks Mike..this really help me out to understand this.It is really gud feature..kindly let me know...i have my email id as himanshu1983singla@gmail.com...now 1983 seems to be very odd..so is there any way so that i can hide this from my email id without creating a new account.

        • Mike
          June 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

          I rarely use Google services so I'm not sure if there is an option to create an actual alias or changing the Google ID.

          Right now, I would say this is not possible. It is part of your Google ID (Username) and you would have to create a new account.

        • Himanshu Singla
          June 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

          Ok..Thanks mike..i am searching on this and will inform you soon if there is such an option..and try to share with all...

  17. sbrfoo
    June 5, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I can recommend mailnull.com - sign up and create endless numbers of email addresses which are forwarded to your real address. If you don't like your disposable email anymore you can delete it.

  18. Joshua Todd Cowper
    June 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Does this work on Google Apps? For example, if I had example.com set up through Google Apps, would moonstar+two@example.com forward to moonstar@example.com?

    • Craig Snyder
      June 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

      It does.

      • Joshua Todd Cowper
        June 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

        Thanks!

  19. Dom_TC
    June 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Nice tip - I was not aware of the GMail trick
    Thanks

  20. Andy
    June 5, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Hi Craig!

    There is a permanent disposable email solution that is worth to mention http://notsharingmy.info and I think it's even the best one from the list.
    It also was covered on MakeUseOf //www.makeuseof.com/dir/notsharingmyinfo-mask-your-email-address/

  21. Johann
    June 5, 2012 at 5:57 am

    The first technique is one I use a lot - even on things like PayPal where I have accounts in multiples countries under the email addresses of name+uk@, name+us@, name+oz@ etc.

    There's a surprisingly high number of services where having different geographical accounts is beneficial (Amazon, say, although they allow duplicate email addresses on their different country sites) but you'd normally need alternate email accounts in order to have them. This hack lets you keep a single primary email account but have multiple instances of certain services.

  22. Not that important
    June 5, 2012 at 5:03 am

    "Separator" is misspelled throughout.
    Luckily, a simple search & replace should fix.

    • Tina
      June 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks for the heads-up! It has been fixed.

  23. fumduq
    June 5, 2012 at 4:01 am

    For years I've been trying to convince people to use user+domainofsite@domain.com.

    For example, I used MakeUseOf.com-secretcode@example.com for my MakeUseOf email. Gmail for example could use something like user+MakeUseOf.com-secretcode@gmail.com. The reason for secretcode is so that spammers can't just guess domain@host.

    This obviously allows you to track who spams you (if they don't drop the +), as well as gives you a reasonable way to filter emails. The way I do it is better, because + is a standard mail delivery mechanism, and any spammers are easily able to pull your actual email address by removing the + and everything after, exposing your true address (and they do). Unfortunately, you have to have your own domain for this to work, but it really makes things much more secure and simple. I highly recommend this technique.

    In addition to that, I can filter cleverly made phishing attacks by having a "Companies" folder that I know are directed to addresses I've designated as companies. For example, I get phishing attacks from AT&T, Verizon, LinkedIn that do a wonderful job at disguising themselves, so if I see a message in my "Personal" folder coming from LinkedIn, I immediately know not to open it.

    I'd love it if you updated the article with this information.

  24. Sachin Kanchan
    June 5, 2012 at 3:45 am

    so if i use skanchan+spam@gmail.com, will the emails sent to me be on the spam folder...

    or i i use skanchan+newsletters@gmail.com, will the emails be saved in a new folder named newsletters

  25. trashbots
    June 5, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Interesting Article! Nice tricks and one of the disposable email service is http://www.guerrillamail.com/ . You can custom the temporary email used which is very useful.

  26. KamilKozyra
    June 5, 2012 at 2:55 am

    I didn't know the example with Gmail & I use spamgourmet.com