Configuring multiple email addresses in iOS

It’s (probably) a little-known secret that you can specify multiple “Sender” email addresses in the default OS X mail application. Once more than one address is specified in preferences, the “From” field in any mail composed becomes a drop-down from which you can choose the required address:

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This is pretty handy if, like me, you use multiple addresses. OK, so here’s how to set that up in’s preferences: go to the “Account Information” tab in the “Accounts” pane, and edit the “Email Address” field thus:

Specifying multiple email addresses in OS X (screenshot)

Just separate the addresses you want to use with commas: easy! Now, where things become a little trickier is in the realm of iOS. The lack of apparent multiple email address support in the iOS mail client was a bit of a bug-bear to me last week especially, whilst on holiday. Yes, you can set up multiple email accounts, one for each address you want to use, but that’s nasty—especially when it comes to downloading your mail (multiple copies ahoy).

In a moment of quiet contemplation I figured that perhaps the comma trick would work in iOS too, but you hit an apparent impasse as the mail client set-up precludes the use of commas in the “Address” field. Hmm. Ah, but a bit of lateral thinking suggests that if perhaps one has a comma secreted about one’s person (OK, in one’s clipboard), the lack of comma in the relevant on-screen keyboard becomes moot. Aha!

Well what do you know, it worked. When checking this wee tip out I found an excellent post which summarises what is required, step-by-step, with screenshots to boot. Take a gander:

Nick Cernis: Solved: Gmail, iPad, iPhone, and multiple from addresses (the link is Google-specific, but I see no reason why the tips contained therein can’t work for your provider of choice).


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