iCloud Mail Aliases And Calendar Invitations

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2020

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iCloud Mail Aliases

In this post I’ll explain how iCloud Mail Aliases influence the way the Calendar app handles invitations on iOS.

The other day my wife and her good friend Yeni were planning weekend activities for the kids and invited each other to certain events using Apple’s iOS Calendar app on their iPhones. Some of the invitations didn’t go through immediately and while trouble shooting, they noticed that my wife’s calendar invitations were sent from an odd email address that didn’t match her Apple ID.

iCloud Email Aliases

If you use iCloud as your email provider, you can create up to 3 aliases for your main email account under iCloud.com –> Mail –> Preferences –> Accounts. Years ago, before Me.com became iCloud.com, both my wife and I created various aliases we use for newsletters etc. I didn’t think those aliases would be used anywhere other than for email.

iCloud Mail Aliases
iCloud Mail Account Aliases: Calendar sends my invitations from [email protected]

iCloud Mail Aliases and Calendar Invitations

Turns out, if there are mail aliases available, the Calendar app on iOS uses the first alias in the list as the “from address” when sending calendar invitations. I haven’t tested yet if the Calendar application on OS X behaves in the same manner, but I assume it does.

Here is how to reproduce that:

  1. Make sure you have at least one iCloud Mail Alias for your account
  2. Create an event using Apple’s iOS Calendar app in one of your iCloud calendars
  3. Invite someone. The invitee doesn’t have to have an iCloud account
  4. On the invitees device or calendar application, check who the sender of the invitation is

You will notice that the sender’s address is not his/her Apple ID but rather the first alias of his/her account.

I talked to Apple about this and they confirmed that the Calendar app uses the first available alias to send invitations. Unfortunately nobody could tell me the reason behind it.

6 thoughts on “iCloud Mail Aliases And Calendar Invitations”

  1. Hi,
    I have a similar problem.
    Perhaps you understand my issues.

    If you have a contact with [email protected] and you give it the name theIdiotfromdomain you shouldnt send him an email ….

    Sending an email to [email protected] will always end in sending an email to the person seeing the alias you have given him…

    Any possibility the alias will never be used in any email?

    All my contacts have cryptical names like “112455 b-customer – Mr Dens”, e.g.. No customer should know that he is only b, not a, e.g.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Actually, I can log into iCloud.com on my iPad (using the “Request Desktop Site” choice), but I just can’t find that Mail>Preferences>Accounts.

  3. This article is exactly what I need, but I can’t seem to get to “iCloud.com –> Mail –> Preferences –> Accounts” on my iPad; what am I missing? Thanks!

    • Hi Art!

      Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t allow logging into iCloud.com from an iOS device. You have to do that from a Mac or Windows machine. I know it’s annoying, but that’s unfortunately what it is.



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