With iCloud email, Apple allows you to send or receive messages across devices with iCloud Mail. Among other features, iCloud allows you to change the name that shows up when you send an email from your iCloud account. Whether you changed your last name, made a typo, or used a fake name, it’s possible to change it to a desirable one. This post will show you how to change your iCloud email name on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iCloud.
When creating your Apple ID and iCloud account, you’ll provide a name and email to associate with them. This name usually appears when you email someone through your iCloud account. Sometimes, you may want to change your iCloud email name to a nickname, brand name, or new name. You may also want to correct a mistake made during your initial setup. So, is it possible to customize your iCloud email name? Yes, it’s possible. In this guide, we will take you through the necessary steps to change your iCloud Email name. Continue reading to learn more.
Change your iCloud Email Name From your iCloud Account.
Your iCloud email name appears when you send a message through your email. You can change this name through your Account on icloud.com by taking the following steps:
Step 1: Visit icloud.com in a web browser
Step 2: Click on the Mail icon
Step 3: Click on the gear icon at the bottom left of your screen
Step 4: Select Preferences
Step 5: Click on Accounts, then select your email address
Step 6: Change your full name to your preferred one
Step 7: Click Done to complete the process
Your new name should appear whenever you send an email using iCloud mail.
Change the Email Display Name on your iPhone/iPad.
You can change your email display name on your iPhone by taking the following simple steps:
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad
Step 2: Select your Apple ID account at the top of the menu
Step 3: Tap on iCloud, then select iCloud Mail
Step 4: Tap on the iCloud mail setting
Step 5: Select the iCloud account information you would like to edit
Step 6: Tap on the name field at the top of the account tab
Step 7: Replace the current name with a new one
Using the Mail App
The built-in Apple Mail app lets you send emails from your iCloud account. Therefore, you can use the Stock Mail app to change your email’s display name. This method is also helpful if you’ve added multiple emails to the Mail app. Here is how to do it:
Step 1: Go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad
Step 2: Select Mail and tap on Accounts
Step 3: Select the email account you would like to edit
Step 4: Click on the email address shown next to the Account
Step 5: Replace the current name with a new one
Step 6: Tap on Done to save the changes
Change Name on iCloud Email in Your Mac Mail App
You can also change the email sender’s name through the Mac Mail App through the following steps:
Step 1: Open the Mail app on your Mac
Step 2: Click on Preferences in the menu bar
Step 3: Go to the Accounts tab
Step 4: Select the Email account you would like to edit
Step 5: Click the email address dropdown menu
Step 6: Select Edit Mail Addresses
This will open iCloud.com on your web browser, allowing you to edit your display name.
Change Your iCloud Email Address.
Unfortunately, you cannot change your primary iCloud mail address. However, Apple allows you to have up to three alias emails. Creating an alias will enable you to mask your primary iCloud mail address. You’ll still receive emails from your nickname addresses in the same inbox. You can also set an email alias as the default address and use it to send Mail when you want to keep your real Account anonymous. Additionally, you can change your alias address, not the actual iCloud email address.
Create an email alias.
Step 1: Visit iCloud.com on your web browser
Step 2: Click on the gear icon at the top left
Step 3: Select Preferences
Step 4: Click on Accounts and select Add an alias
Step 5: Enter your alias email address, full name, and preferred label
Step 6: Click on Add, then select Done
Set an alias email as the default address
After creating an alias email, you can set it as your default address by taking the following steps:
Step 1: Open iCloud settings on your iPhone
Step 2: Tap on iCloud Mail and select iCloud Mail Settings
Step 3: Tap the Email field Under iCloud Account Information
Step 4: Change your default send as email address to your alias email
Delete an alias email
Apple also allows you to turn on or off an alias email whenever you want. You can also delete an alias email you no longer need. However, remember that emails sent to the alias will be returned to the sender. You can do this by:
Step 1: Open iCloud.com on your browser and select Mail
Step 2: Click on the Settings icon and choose Preferences
Step 3: Click on Accounts
Step 4: Select an iCloud email alias from the list
Step 5: Select Disable alias to turn off an alias, or
Step 6: Unselect Disable alias to turn on an alias, or
Step 7: Tap on Delete alias, then select Delete to delete an alias
Step 8: Click Done to complete your specific action
How to Change Your Apple ID Display Name
Your iCloud and Apple ID accounts typically use the same email address. While you cannot modify your iCloud email address, you can change your Apple ID email address. This will change the email address you use to sign in to iCloud. Additionally, your Apple ID does not have to be the same as the Full Name on your iCloud email address. You can change your Apple ID and display name through the following methods.
On Your iPhone/iPad
Step 1: Go to Settings on your iPhone
Step 2: Tap on Your Apple ID at the top of the screen
Step 3: Select Name, Phone Numbers, Email
Step 4: Tap on Edit
Step 5: You can edit the Name section
Step 6: Tap on Edit next to Reachable At
Step 7: Tap on your current email address to change it
Step 8: Follow the onscreen instructions to modify your Apple ID
You may be required to verify the email address you entered. Once verified, you can use your new Apple ID email address to sign in to your iCloud Account.
On your browser
Step 1: Visit applied.apple.com on your web browser
Step 2: Sign into your Account using your current Apple ID
Step 3: Click on the Sign-in and Security tab and select Apple ID
Step 4: Enter the new email address you want to use
Step 5: Click on Change Apple ID
Step 6: Verify the new email address and save the changes
Restrictions on changing Names on iCloud Email
While iCloud allows you to get creative with your email name, there are some characters you cannot use. You can change the name on an iCloud email to a personal brand name, nickname, or anything as long as it doesn’t contain the following characters:
- Colon (:)
- Smaller than sign (<)
- Greater than sign (>)
- At sign (<)
- Double quotation marks (“)
These are special characters that have various meanings in your email. You cannot change your Apple ID to an email address created within the last 30 days. You’ll get an error asking you to try again later. You’re not also allowed to use an email address associated with a different Apple ID. However, Apple allows you to have unique names for each alias email address.
Apple makes it easy for users to change their iCloud email name. You can do so by following the steps described above. Changing your name on iCloud email ensures that your recipients see the name you want them to see. You can now confidently send emails with your desired name tag.