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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account iOS devices
Using Mail on OS X, you can assign multiple sender addresses to one account. As covered in this ancient hint, this is done by just separating each address with a comma in the account's setup screen.

This same trick now works with the iPhone 2.0 firmware -- before it would just use the first address in the list. So if you have, for example, a Gmail account where you forward all your other mail addresses, you can now easily send mail from all of those addresses. Of course, your SMTP server must allow sending from foreign addresses for this to work.
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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: jsturtridge on Jul 29, '08 08:18:44AM

Great hint - but how do you type a comma in the Address field in the Mail setup - since there isn't a comma key on the soft keyboard?

J.



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: snaab on Jul 29, '08 09:08:09AM

THREE Questions:
1. The original Hint from 2001 said this is for POP accounts. Will this work with .Mac (er, MobileMe) since the .Mac alias feature won't work otherwise (for sending) with the iPhone?
2. Will this only work with POP?
3. In which setup do you enter the alternate, comma-separated e-mail addresses, on the iPhone, on webmail, or on the desktop?



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: ljharb on Jul 29, '08 09:24:07AM

I believe that even if your Gmail/Google Apps account is capable of sending as multiple addresses, when sending through SMTP, it will ALWAYS default to your default sender address regardless of what you specify.



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: kiltbear on Jul 29, '08 02:26:35PM

Actually, if you have validated the other non-gmail email addresses, it will indeed send it out with a From: form that other address with the necessary "on behalf of" crap in the hidden headers. I do it all the time for my work email.

AJ



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: selcouth on Jul 29, '08 09:42:09AM

Works for me! If you use GMail and have multiple send from addresses set up in the web client, you can send from any of those addresses from Mail.app or the iPhone client. Some mail applications (like Outlook) will see "Sent from foo on behalf of bar" but it's better than nothing.



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: Deut3221 on Jul 29, '08 10:05:14AM

doesn't work with smtp.me.com -- shucks



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: frickster on Jul 29, '08 10:22:41AM

This does NOT work for other email addresses unless someone can tell me how to write a comma in the address field when setting up IMAP or POP accounts.

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-frick



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: MrLucky on Jul 29, '08 11:27:13AM
Don't write them on your iPhone. Write the alternate email addresses in Mail Preferences>Accounts on the computer you sync your iPhone to. Then connect your iPhone, open iTunes, and make sure the account is checked in the "Sync selected Mail accounts" window in the Info pane. This has been working for me for my MobileMe/.Mac alternate email addresses, as well as for my Clearwire addresses.

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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: jacob.scheckman on Jul 29, '08 11:43:25AM

Is this an iphone only tip? I have 3 email addresses connected to my gmail account in mail.app (works well), but when I sync up with my itouch I don't get to pick a from: address when I compose or reply. Anybody having success with itouch?



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: ahcrouch on Jul 30, '08 07:30:49AM

This does not work for me (on an iPhone 3G). I have entered multiple addresses in my desktop Mail.app Gmail settings as described, have synced those settings to the iPhone . . . but I get no option about which account to use when replying in the iPhone's mail application, and all replies come from my @gmail.com account no matter to which address the message was sent.

Can you clarify exactly what behavior we should _expect_ to see on the iPhone?



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: joekewe on Aug 11, '08 10:43:05AM
This hint works great. It does NOT work with smtp.me.com as your SMTP outgoing mail server. The only way to get comma-separated email addresses is by entering them on your Mac/PC and syncing them to your iPhone, since you can't type commas in the email field on the iPhone (as many here have lamented). Even if you get Mail.app to let you enter multiple comma-separated email addresses on one line, they will NOT be synced to an iPhone email account with MobileMe as the outgoing SMTP server. They disappear. You must be using another SMTP server which allows you to send multiple email addresses through it (relaying), or your SMTP server will refuse to send them. Note that this is NOT related to POP versus IMAP, because those are both INBOUND protocols.

This hint saved my butt. I use one work and one personal email address. Neither is my .mac address, but I use mail.me.com as my inbound IMAP server. All replicated on two Macs and an iPhone.

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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: philz on Aug 26, '08 02:33:06AM

How exactly did you get it to work? I'm Still having trouble. It is set up properly in mail and told to sync over (using 2.0.2) and still cant see selection. Using Google app's 4 your domain with there SMTP server (which works fine in mail with different "froms")

Anyone care to maybe make a better step-by-step for this?



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: neffs on Sep 16, '08 10:03:57AM

I originally wrote this hint. There seems to be some confusion...

I only synced the addresses from Apple Mail, this way it works.
Sadly not on the iPhone itself due to the missing comma key. I didn't check this when writing this hint.

I just filed a bug report, maybe it's fixed in the next iPhone update.



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: yetanother on Nov 27, '08 04:34:13AM

This does NOT work, at least not if you are syncing more than one email account to your iPhone (I haven't tested with only one account).

I have three accounts synced with my iPhone. One of these accounts has three email addresses listed and only the first one of those three is available to be used on the iPhone. In OSX all three email addresses are available.

I have tried this on all v2.x releases for the iPhone and never succeeded with this setup.



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: TrXUK on Sep 13, '09 11:06:31AM

This now DOES work, thanks to copy and paste in IPhone OS v3, you can copy a comma from anywhere such as SMS, and paste in into the 'address' field in the mail account.

When writing a mail, clicking on the from field then allows you to choose from the two mail addresses, even though they are from the same account.

Have tested outbound using the smtp.gmail.com relay, works perfectly with my multi-address gmail setup.

Hope this helps someone, was the missing piece of the puzzle for me.

//TrX



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: joelm on Feb 11, '10 09:21:44AM

Sorry, but this doesn't work for me! :(

I have all my emails going to my Main Gmail account.
I tried this trick, by adding main@gmail.com,secondary@gmail.com into the address field under Mail Settings on my iphone.

Then I get an error saying:
<code>
Cannot Get Mail
The user name or password for "main@gmail.com,secondary@gmail.com" is incorrect.</code>

So basically, that's obviously not my username. My username is main@gmail.com

What am I doing wrong here?

Thanks,
Joel M



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Use many email addresses on one iPhone email account
Authored by: CJYetman on Sep 22, '09 11:38:42PM

Anyone have luck doing this with an Exchange account?

I turned on Google Sync, which now offers push mail, on my Google Apps account. I added an 'Exchange' account for my Google Apps account, pasted in a comma with the additional email address (I've already setup the 2nd email address in Gmail and this hint works perfectly using IMAP)....

now when I send a message, it puts BOTH email addresses and the comma in the From field and if you click it to select another address, only the first email address appears in the list.

Thoughts? Ideas? Thanks...
-cj



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