Add or remove an email alias in

This article is about adding or removing an additional email address (also known as an alias) associated with your account.

Note: This article is about If you're using Office 365 and you're an admin, see Add additional email aliases to a user

What is an alias?

An alias is an additional email address associated with your account. An alias uses the same inbox, contact list, and account settings as your primary email address. You can sign in to your account with any alias—they all use the same password. allows you to have multiple aliases associated with a single account, and you can choose which email address you send mail from. Creating alternate addresses to use on websites or apps that force you to register can help keep your personal email address out of the hands of marketers and hackers. also lets you connect your account with up to five other email accounts, such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail, and view them from your inbox. To learn more about connected email accounts, read how to Add your other email accounts to

Add an email alias

Note: You can't add an email address that's associated with a work or school account as an alias.

  1. Go to Manage how you sign in to Microsoft.

  2. Under Account aliases, select Add email.

    A screenshot of the Add email button.

  3. Under Add an alias, do one of the following:

    • Create a new email address and add it as an alias.

    • Add an existing email address as an alias.

  4. Select Add alias.


    • An alias or email address can only contain letters, numbers, dot (.), underscore (_) or dash/hyphen (-). Spaces and other special characters are not allowed.

    • Existing,,, and addresses can't be added as aliases, and you cannot add an alias that is already associated with another Microsoft account.

    • It's not possible to create a new @hotmail or alias.

Change your primary alias

Note: You can't change your primary alias to an email address that's associated with a work or school account.

  1. Go to Manage how you sign in to Microsoft.

  2. Under Account aliases, select Make primary next to the email address that you want to use as your primary alias.

    A screenshot of the Make primary button

Remove an email alias

  1. Go to Manage how you sign in to Microsoft.

  2. Select Remove next to the alias you no longer need.

Note: If you remove an alias that's an email address from a Microsoft domain (like,,, or, you can't add it again as an alias for any Microsoft account.

Learn more about how to Manage aliases on your Microsoft account.

Choose which alias to use when sending email

  1. In the compose window, select The More commands icon. > Show From to see the From line.

  2. Select From and choose which address you want to use.

    A screenshot showing the From address drop-down menu.

Can't verify your identity?

  1. If you're prompted to verify your identity but can't access the verification email, select I don't have any these.

    A screenshot of the I don't have any of these button

  2. Then, add a phone number and choose if you want to receive your verification code via text or call.

For more information, see How do I replace my security info?

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