Signing up for new apps used to entail revealing your email address and creating a new password for each one. We gave in to the temptation of using a Facebook account as a universal login when that became too confusing and time-consuming, despite legitimate privacy concerns.
Apple introduced Sign in with iOS 13, iPadOS 13, WatchOS 6, tvOS 13, and MacOS Catalina. Instead of giving out your email address to anyone who asks, you can use the Sign-in feature to sign in to and manage third-party apps and websites using your Apple ID. If you see a Sign In With Apple button on a website or app, it means you can create an account and sign in with your Apple ID. You must have an Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled and be signed in to iCloud to use Sign in. Sign-in is compatible with a variety of web browsers, including Apple’s Safari and Android, and Windows.
Once you’ve set it up, you can use Hide My Email — Apple’s private email relay service — to create an anonymous email address that forwards app messages to your real email address without revealing it to third parties when apps and websites ask for your name and email address to set up your account. Only the registered app or developer has access to this address, and you can disable it if you don’t want to use it any longer.
- On your iOS device, use Sign in.
- On your device, sign in with your Apple ID.
- On the app or website, you want to use, tap the Sign In With Apple button.
- If you’re asked for your name and email address, Sign in with Apple will automatically fill in the information from your Apple ID; you can edit your name or choose between sharing and hiding your email address.
- Continue by using Face ID, Touch ID, or your device passcode to confirm.
- You can use your Apple ID password if you don’t have a Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.
- You’re signed in to those apps as long as you’re signed in to your device.
- If you need to sign in again, simply tap the Sign In With Apple button and go through the steps again.
Apple will generate a random email address for you that looks like this: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is especially useful if you’re trying out an app for the first time or if you don’t know (or don’t completely trust) the developer. At any time, you can change the email addresses or turn off email forwarding.
- Go to Settings on your iPhone, then tap your name.
- Under Hide My Email, tap Name, Phone Numbers, and Email, then tap Forward To.
- Select the email address to which emails should be forwarded.
- When you choose an email address, all emails are sent by hiding My Email’s apps and developers.
Any messages sent to this address are automatically forwarded to your real email address by Apple’s relay service. This feature allows you to read (and even respond to) these emails while keeping your real email address hidden. Apple does not scan the content of email messages, but it does perform spam filtering. Apple’s relay servers delete all messages seconds after they are delivered.
Email forwarding should be disabled.
You can choose to block emails from specific websites or apps if you don’t want to receive them. You can also disable the Forward option in your settings.
- Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap your name.
- Select Password & Security from the drop-down menu.
- Select Apps Using Your Apple ID from the drop-down menu.
- Locate the app you want to uninstall.
- Choose Stop Using Apple ID in the first pane, then Stop Using in the second pane.
If all of your devices are linked to the same Apple ID, using an app without entering your Apple ID on one device will sign you out of the app on all of your other devices. You’ll be given the option to Sign In With Apple or Create a New Account whenever you visit that app or website again. Choose Sign In With Apple if you want to sign in to your original account.
Some apps let you sign in with a password other than your Apple ID, so you don’t have to use it to use them. You can use Sign In for multiple features and apps in several other apps. Keep in mind that if you disable email forwarding or stop using your Apple ID, it may affect all other apps from the same vendor.