Verify Apple Account Address - Don't use special Google format

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by ICEBreaker, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. ICEBreaker macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Dear Apple users,

    As many of you know, Google has a special address alias feature where the user can add a "+" followed by anything after the username part of the address (e.g. This allows setting up filters and other rules to deal with emails. I love this feature, but apparently Apple doesn't.

    My email address used to be "", which I use to deal with various accounts info from various companies. Apple accepted this email format (some websites still do not) and everything looked good. I even get emails from Apple - except the verification email. No matter how many times I ask to resend the verification email, I never received it. Needless to say I did check the Trash folder.

    Then it occurred to me to change the address and remove the +accounts part. Verification received. Sigh... Problem now is I have to make a custom rule to deal with Apple account emails.

    Anyway, writing to let others know, in case they run into a similar problem.

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  2. impaler macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2006
    Also, iCloud email address work with the "+" designator. I've used that to slightly increase security on my iCloud mail. I use the + and the name of the site I'm logging into. The other benefit is, if I start getting spam sent to that one address, I know where it came from and can make a decision whether to close the account...especially if I told them I didn't want my email address shared.
  3. ICEBreaker thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    Thanks Impaler for your reply. I concur and I do exactly the same thing. It's an excellent way to find out who was the one who leaked/sold your email.
  4. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    The problem is that the spammers are also aware of the "+" syntax, and many simply remove the appendix. It's better to use real aliases for things that have a spam risk. The ability to set up 10 aliases without having to create lots of different accounts is one of the main reasons why I prefer over Gmail these days. Also, for temporary things I like to use throw-away addresses from services like "10 Minute Mail".

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