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Add additional From addresses to Mail on the iPhone iOS devices
I have multiple addresses associated with my IMAP account (ebay@, groups@, shopping@, etc.). When sending mail from my iPhone, the addresses associated with your account can be selected by tapping on the From field, and choosing an entry from the pop-up rolodex.

Unfortunately, while the iPhone's Mail preferences app supports multiple comma-separated From addresses in the account information (just as OS X Mail does), there is no easy way to add them. Any multiple addresses that were present on the computer when the iPhone was originally set up will have been added at that time. However, when you go to the Address field of your account, only legal SMTP characters are available for typing input, so there is no way to type the comma separator.

Now under iPhone OS 3.0, copy/paste to the rescue! To create your first additional address, just temporarily edit the Description field immediately below Address. This is a full-text field and you can enter your new address with a leading comma and space. Then Copy the entire string out, select an insertion point at the end of the Address field, and Paste the new address in. Exit Preferences, go to Mail and create a new message, and tap on the From field. You will see the rolodex pop up and be able to choose your alternate name. Voila!

After having created one additional address, adding others is simple as you can just Copy/Paste within the Address field without disturbing your Description.
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MobileMe Email Aliases
Authored by: dmmorse on Aug 24, '09 08:15:47AM

This is a great trick. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with a MobileMe account and aliases created under that account. Has anyone figured out an elegant way to to use MobileMe aliases on the iPhone?

Currently, I have a separate IMAP account set up to use an alias. The downside of this is that I end up with complete duplicate of my MobileMe account on my iPhone. It's more of a work-around than an elegant solution.



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Authentication error
Authored by: capacity on Aug 24, '09 08:31:49AM

Unfortunately, it seems that with an account that uses the "Address" field to authenticate a connection (e.g., Gmail), opening mail after executing the above hint results in an error claiming "The user name or password for 'account description' is incorrect." This makes sense, as Mail is using the "Address" field as the user name.



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Authentication error
Authored by: palahala on Aug 24, '09 11:47:55AM
This makes sense, as Mail is using the "Address" field as the user name.

No, this does not make sense to me. Why would Mail use the value from the Email Address field? There's a dedicated field for User Name, which should be used during authentication.

(Of course, when adding additional addresses, one should register those in Gmail, and optionally tell Gmail to use one's own server, for otherwise Gmail will refuse to use that Sender address. But that's an issue with sending, not with receiving. And for sending, Mail has a User Name as well, and should not use the value from Email Address.)



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Authentication error
Authored by: palahala on Aug 24, '09 11:52:06AM

Oh, this is a hint about the iPhone, not about Mail.app. Maybe it does make sense after all! (Though I doubt any email client would use the Email Address field during authentication, but I don't use an iPhone so I cannot check.)

(Hoping the upcoming release of macosxhints.com allows for editing or even deleting comments...)



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Add additional From addresses to Mail on the iPhone
Authored by: momerath on Aug 24, '09 10:07:23AM

Thanks for the tip! I wasn't aware of the comma-separated trick for email addresses. Now I can send email from each of the same"from" accounts I use in Gmail.



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Add additional From addresses to Mail on the iPhone
Authored by: houplagrundle on Aug 24, '09 01:00:43PM

what a shame this doesn't work with gmail - it would make my life far easier as I currently have to navigate to gmail to send email as me rather than as my gmail account (and occasionally forget :{ )



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Add additional From addresses to Mail on the iPhone
Authored by: capacity on Aug 24, '09 01:55:22PM
I made a reply earlier that said I couldn't get it to work with Gmail, but I have figured out that if you make an account as described on the official Gmail/iPhone help page here, you can then get this hint to work.

In short, this method does not work if you created a mail account on your iPhone by pressing the "Gmail" button. Instead, you need to press the "Other" button and make an IMAP account, save the account, and then go back into it and edit the "Address" field as described in the hint. Don't forget to set your Drafts, Trash, and Sent mailboxes to be on the server.

Thanks so much for the hint! Been waiting to have this ability for a long time.

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Add additional From addresses to Mail on the iPhone
Authored by: palahala on Aug 25, '09 08:18:23AM
And make sure to understand how to set up handling of Deleted Items, and how Gmail's SMTP server automatically saves your sent messages. When in doubt, see superuser.com for an overview.

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Add additional From addresses to Mail on the iPhone
Authored by: kuzmicheff on Aug 25, '09 06:54:05AM

The trick seems to fail on the receiving end. I was able to add the two of my Google Apps nickname addresses and to send a message, while choosing one of them in the From field. The receiving account has shown the original Google Apps account as the sender in the message header. Conclusion: the trick doesn't provide complete solution for the problem.



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Add additional From addresses to Mail on the iPhone
Authored by: palahala on Aug 25, '09 08:13:55AM
That's simply caused by a bad set up in Gmail. See the notes in my earlier comment for this very same hint.

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Add additional From addresses to Mail on the iPhone
Authored by: CJYetman on Sep 22, '09 11:41:01PM

Any ideas on getting this to work with an Exchange/Google Sync account?
thanks
-cj



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