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How to Set Up Multiple From Addresses with an iPhone Mail Account

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So you've managed to have all your email addresses end up at one account; you've managed to set up that account in iPhone Mail; you can read all your mail anywhere and send replies, too — as long as you use that single email address. The iPhone's email account setup offers no way to add additional addresses after all.

Fortunately, you can maneuver your way around this entry restraint and employ iPhone Mail's full multi-address capabilities.

Set Up Multiple From Addresses with an iPhone Mail Account

To add additional email addresses for sending mail to an iPhone Mail email account:

  • Make sure the account is set up as an IMAP or POP account (using Other while creating the account, not Gmail, for example).
  • Tap Settings on the iPhone or iPod touch home screen.
  • Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  • Choose the desired account under Accounts.
  • In iOS 5 and later:
    • Tap the account under IMAP.
  • Tap the Address field under IMAP Account Information or POP Account Information.
  • Select Select All from the pop-up menu.
  • Now select Cut.
  • Tap in the Description field, also under IMAP Account Information or POP Account Information.
  • If you have entered a custom description for the account:
    • Note the account description mentally so you can retype it later.
    • Select Select All from the pop-up menu.
  • Tap in the Description field once more.
  • Select Paste from the pop-up menu.
  • For each address you want to use with the email account:
    • Enter ", " (a comma followed by a whitespace character; do not include the quotation marks).
    • Tap the desired additional email address.
    • iPhone Mail will use and present the addresses in the order in which you enter them; the first in the list will be the default address for the account.
  • Tap somewhere in the Description field again.
  • Select Select All from the pop-up menu.
  • Now select Cut from the menu.
  • Tap in the Address field under IMAP Account Information or POP Account Information.
  • Tap in the same Address field again.
  • Select Paste from the pop-up menu.
  • If you want to use an account name different from the email addresses:
    • Tap in the Description field.
    • Make any changes you desire.
  • Press the Home button.

Now you can pick the address used to send when composing a message or reply in iPhone Mail.

As an alternative, on a Mac you can also create your email accounts as desired — including all additional addresses — in Mac OS X Mail and sync email accounts with the iPhone or iPod touch.

(Updated November 2011)

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