With ProtonMail, you can have at least two personal addresses free:
- One ending in @protonmail.com (like email@example.com), usually the original address you signed up with.
- A short version of this address ending in @pm.me (firstname.lastname@example.org), which you can activate in Settings.
(If you joined ProtonMail before 2016, you also have a @protonmail.ch address.)
If you subscribe to a ProtonMail paid plan, you can also create additional addresses, known as aliases. And all ProtonMail users can create unlimited extra addresses, known as +aliases, by adding “+” after your username in one of your free personal email addresses.
Learn more about types of email addresses and aliases.
Here we explain how to create and use aliases and +aliases.
Additional addresses (aliases)
If you have a paid plan, you can create at least five additional addresses by default (depending on your plan), with any ProtonMail domain (@protonmail.com, @protonmail.ch, or @pm.me) or a custom domain, if you have one.
How to create an additional address (alias)
1. In the ProtonMail web app, go to Settings → Go to settings → Identity & addresses → My addresses → Add address.
2. Add a new username and choose a ProtonMail or custom domain ending from the dropdown menu.
3. Add a display name.
How to enable, disable, and delete an additional address (alias)
1. In the ProtonMail web app, click Settings → Go to settings → Identity & addresses → My addresses → Add address.
2. Choose Enable, Disable, or Delete from the dropdown Actions.
- If you disable an address, then it’s no longer active, so you can’t send and receive emails using it. Disabled ProtonMail domain addresses continue to count against your additional addresses limit, whereas disabled custom domain addresses don’t count towards the limit.
- You can delete a custom domain address using the Addresses interface, but you can’t delete a ProtonMail domain address from here. If you want to delete a ProtonMail domain address, please contact our customer support team.
- If your address is missing encryption keys or has been disabled, you can see it labeled as such in your list of addresses. The options to Enable or Add Keys will show up in the dropdown Actions menu.
How to use an additional address (alias)
All mail sent to an additional address will appear in your regular inbox by default. But you can use a combination of filters and custom folders and labels to organize your mail from different addresses.
For example, if Alice User had email@example.com as an additional address for all her subscriptions, she could set up a filter that automatically sorts mail to that address into a “Subscriptions” folder, or applies a “Subs” label.
To send an email from an additional address, click anywhere in the From addresses field and select the desired address from the dropdown menu.
If you want to use an alias as your primary address, you can make it your default sending address:
1. In the ProtonMail web app, click Settings → Go to settings → Identity & addresses → My addresses.
2. Drag and drop your chosen default address to place it at the top of the list.
This address will now automatically appear in the From field when you start a new message:
Learn how to update your default sending address on mobile.
+Aliases are a kind of sub-email address that you can create by adding “+something” after the username in one of your free personal email addresses.
For example, Alice User (firstname.lastname@example.org) could receive emails sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that you can’t compose new messages from scratch using +aliases, but you can reply using the +alias to messages sent to that +alias.
How to create a +alias
There is no need to create or set up a +alias in your user settings. Rather, a new alias is created whenever someone sends you an email to that +alias.
As any address with the correct “username+something” structure works as a +alias, you can have an unlimited number of +aliases for each of your free personal email addresses.
How to use a +alias
+Aliases have a number of uses. For example, you may want to post a +alias instead of your personal email address on your public website or social media accounts to help identify spam.
For example, you could ask invitees to your wedding to respond to the alias email@example.com. Then you can set up a filter to automatically apply the label “Wedding” to all mail sent to that alias.