How Sign In With Apple Works

The “Sign up with Apple” function hides the email address when you sign up and protects against spam.
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Shops, forums and many other websites require a user account that also includes an email address. When registering, the e-mail address is also requested on a regular basis. Order confirmations, notifications of new articles and many other important messages are sent there. But things are not always serious. Dubious website providers use the email addresses of their users to send masses of unsolicited advertising. The only reliable protection against this is the very laborious change of the e-mail address.

This is “Sign in with Apple”

The “Sign in with Apple” service, specifically its “Hide email address” function, provides a remedy. You can use this function to generate “throw-away addresses” such as “[email protected]”. If you register somewhere in the future, please enter one of these addresses instead of your actual address. Apple will automatically forward mail to you. If the provider later turns out to be spam, delete the disposable address from Apple. This ends the redirect and the spam problem is eliminated. The use of “Hide E-Mail Address” for any service requires that you have a paid iCloud + subscription. These subscriptions cost from 0.99 euros / month (including 50 gigabytes of online storage space, e.g. for iPhone backups and photos).

Without iCloud +, Hide Email Address is only available in apps and websites that officially support Sign in with Apple. You can recognize this by the fact that “Sign in with Apple” is expressly offered as an option during registration. If you use this function, Apple automatically generates a disposable address and the password is even omitted entirely. Instead, you authenticate yourself using TouchID or FaceID. It’s very convenient, but our impression is that few apps and websites offer this service.

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Most of the time, the iPhone recognizes when you enter an email address and suggests the option “Hide email address” directly.
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How to use Hide E-Mail Address on the web

In most cases, the iPhone will automatically detect when you place the cursor in the email address input field. Then the function “Hide e-mail address” appears above the keyboard. Tap it to start Sign In with Apple. Your iPhone displays the automatically generated address. Tap on “Continue”.

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Tap on “Use” to use the newly generated throw-away address.
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Now just tap on “Use” and the iPhone will enter the generated address in the correct form field. The rest of the registration proceeds as usual.

Manually create and delete disposable email addresses

Sometimes iPhone doesn’t recognize the email address form field on a website. Or you need a disposable e-mail address for another purpose, for example for a competition at a folk festival. It is therefore useful that you can also generate the disposable addresses outside of websites.

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You can also generate a disposable address yourself in the settings under iCloud.
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To do this, open the Settings on the iPhone and tap on your profile photo at the top. Then go to “iCloud” and then to “Hide E-Mail Address”.

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You can create a new address under iCloud -> Hide email address.
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On this page you will find all the addresses created so far via “Hide E-Mail Address” and can delete them if necessary. Tap on “Create new address” to create a disposable address manually.

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You can also change the address to which e-mails are to be forwarded.
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In the iCloud settings, you can also change the address to which Apple forwards incoming messages to the disposable addresses. To do this, tap on “Forward to” below. If the iPhone does not offer you the desired destination address for selection, you have to store it. To do this, tap on the profile photo in the iPhone settings, go to “Name, Phone Numbers, E-Mail”, tap on “Edit” under “Available at” and then on “Add E-Mail or Phone”.


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