How to Create a Temporary Email Address
For most of us, email is a necessary evil. Sure, it is important to have an email address, both for logging into accounts all over the web and to make sure you can be reached by colleagues and employers alike. But email can be frustrating. Whether you are sorting through junk mail and various mailers that mean nothing to you throughout your day to day life, email is more of a burden than a true joy to use.
So, if you are fed up with the surge of junk mail you have been receiving after researching insurance quotes, or tired of being marketed every time you need to enter your personal details into a website to get information, we have got the solution for you. Creating a temporary email address is easy to do, simple to use, and makes it easy to send and receive mail anonymously all over the web.
While most websites, applications, trial periods, and online require an email address, you are not always required to keep those email addresses. In fact, those very signups are part of the reason spam continues to be a problem with email well over twenty years after email became a popular way to communicate online.
Of course, you could create an email address using a popular email client like Gmail or Yahoo, but then, you’d have a new email account. Temporary email addresses enable you to take advantage of all the services above without the deluge of spam you get after signing up for these services.
But how do you do it? Well, luckily for you, it is very, very easy. Let us take a look at how to create a temporary email that is both free and disposable.
Create a temporary email address
Whatever your reasons, you can create a temporary email address in less than a minute. There are dozens of good websites that offer temporary email addresses or even more permanent ones. If you prefer to stick to what you know, you can always create an alias in your existing Gmail or Outlook account.
Some temporary email address providers include:
Other brands of temporary email addresses are also available. Each provides a viable email address for a single session or longer. They also offer the option of a few domain names and all are very simple to use. Here’s what to do.
- Visit your temporary email address provider of choice. Choose an email address from the selection. Use that email address to sign up for your offer or service.
- Monitor the email address in your browser and go from there.
Using TempMail as our example, you can easily copy & past the email address you’re given into your system’s clipboard. You can also add the webpage to your bookmarks for easy access.
One of the greatest things about the sites we’ve listed above is that you don’t have to provide any personal information. No names, email addresses, or phone numbers. To top it off, your existing email client will not have floods of spam or marketing email.
What you need to know about temporary email addresses
Temporary email addresses are incredibly convenient and a great way to enjoy all the benefits of the internet without the junk that comes with it. However, these email addresses are not private, do not come with the same security that many mainstream email providers offer, and will often only last a single session. If you are using one of these services, you may notice that you don’t need a password to access your email. Well, neither would someone else.
That means sharing any identifiable information within these email services puts your privacy at risk so be careful.
A useful alternative to temporary email addresses is the alias. You can use your usual provider, Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, or whatever and create a unique and disposable email address that is connected to your main address. That way you can filter the junk and keep your private email private.
- Sign in to your email provider of choice, I will use Gmail for this example.
- Navigate to your account page and select Account. Keep in mind, if you’re using Gmail for this, you’ll need to sign in to the administrator account on your device.
- Click Personal info then Name.
- You should see an Alias section, click Add an alias. Add a word or name that you want to appear before @gmail.com.
- Click Save Changes.
Creating an alias is a slightly more permanent solution to avoiding spam. It may take a couple of hours for the server to create and assign the alias but it will be available permanently once it is ready for use.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a temporary email address secure?
No. When using one of the methods above, there is no password protection or encryption of any kind. These websites are best used for signing up for services with login information or free trials that you don’t intend to keep.
Once you’ve used one of these email options, the email address will self destruct taking all content with it.
Are temporary email addresses free?
Yes, in most cases. Some services offer premium services that are paid and offer permanent addresses and domains. But, for our purposes, the majority of temporary email options are free.
Can I create a temporary Gmail account?
While you can create a Gmail account for temporary use, you will be in control of deleting it. Gmail doesn’t offer any functions that allow the address to self-destruct.
When creating your temporary account be sure to set your age at 15 years. This way, the client will not require your phone number if you want anonymity. You can also use one of the free temporary emails as a backup email if necessary.