Email address at

I’m being asked for help and as I can’t, I’m passing on the request.

An Instagram account has a linked email address set as The friend needs to enter a code being sent to that address, but it seems that it doesn’t exist: emails bounce. exists, and receives emails. I’d assumed the two were essentially the same (my own email is The address hasn’t been used for many years, if it’s been used at all.

Is there a way of getting the emails?

Jeremy aliases are not guaranteed to work. It depends on a number of conditions relating to when your friend set up their account, and what they’ve done with it since. Full details here:

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Thanks. I think she’s stuffed. Ah well.


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I do wish more sites would verify email addresses before allowing their use. If Instagram had made sure the email address was working before requiring a code, your friend wouldn’t be stuck in this situation.

I have a email from the early days but when they starting charging for MobileME, I let it lapse and stopped using it for email (but still kept it as my AppleID address).

Once iCloud came around, I looked if I could revive it but no dice. However, in just the last couple of months I’ve noticed emails coming into my account that are addressed to my address. I did a test email and found that it’s now working as an alias to my account.

It might be worth checking your friend’s iCloud account to see if there’s some way of turning on the alias feature for the address. (Or reach out to Apple support and see if they can help - even though I’m well out of warranty/AppleCare, Apple techs went above and beyond to see if they could diagnose an issue I was having with Apple Mail.)

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I have gone through the sequence of emails: @mac, @me and @iCloud. I can still receive all 3 but can now only send email with the icloud address.
At least they still work. The trickiest thing over the years has been when I changed ISP and my previous email account was suddenly cut off. I had to change numerous logins. I suppose the tip from this experience is to use an email account like icloud or gmail that is not tied to an ISP - but that has its own issues.

I don’t whether my experience in Germany is one that suits every possible situation. My wife and me have since “eternal” times both all three addresses. All three are used on a daily basis and are working fine. All of them are able to receive and send emails.
My wife has an extremely short email-address with only three letters – two of them vocals. She gets quite regularly – let’s say once a week – email that is not intended to be delivered to her but to people with longer email-addresses. This happens more often to the address. I have also the impression – not scientifically based – that she gets more spam to the mac-address. She now uses the .me–address as her regular one.
I – with a fiver letter-address – don’t have any problems with any of the addresses. All of our alias-addresses work fine, but are seldom used, since we have an own domain, that we use to build short time addresses (i.e. spam, bad_spam etc.) for mail to corporations (sorry – mostly American) that tend to ignore signoff-messages.

I had, for a while, an email address which I initially thought was great - tommy at ireland dot com. Couldn’t believe I got it, promptly started using it for my personal email.

Turned out to be a royal pain in the proverbials. The amount of junk that came my way, people used it for filling in dummy emails on websites, a lot confirm your registration emails from pr0n sites. Ended up dropping it.


Geoff Duncan got geoff at when Apple first opened registration and has long regretted it. :slight_smile:

It’s one reason I always use my full name as my username, since it’s unusual. There is one other fairly well-known Adam Engst, but as far as I know, we have little overlap and thus little email confusion. (He sounds like a great guy; he’s performed with a KISS tribute band, danced with the Rockettes, won money on two TV game shows, and is now a lawyer in Seattle. We’ve corresponded a few times.)


There is another issue with these multiples but linked domain names: Which one is the correct one for Apple ID. As most here, I have an original email address and subsequently its later iterations. I always used the email address ending in for any AppleID related process: signing in devices, iTunes/App stores and the AppleID website. A few months ago I noticed that whenever I tried to sign in to the website, it did not recognised my password. As I had other pressing tasks, I didn’t look what was happening, as everything else was fine. I keep receiving emails, the devices worked fine after updates. I even upgraded my main MBP to Big Sur without a problem.
A couple of days ago I remembered the issue. I checked and the web site rejected my password again.
After verifying the password four times against my digital and physical records, I used the email ending in and voila, the password worked!!!
I reckon the issue arose as I changed the country for the AppleID account last year and now the system treats as the main AppleID, not

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As “Jeremy Roussak”, Adam, I see your rarity and raise you! Like Tigger, although no doubt less wonderful, I’m the only one. My problem is that even fewer people can spell Roussak (Rusak? Russack? Even Ruzaq, once) than can spell Engst - and even Jeremy causes some problems. At work, I avoid the standard and use all my initials. I got my own address just after it was announced and have stuck with it ever since. I don’t find spam much of an issue. YMMV, I suppose.

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