I don’t know why I didn’t think of this, but I use email aliases pretty extensively for my various businesses – things like
firstname.lastname@example.org (1) and a few to track which companies sell my email address (such as
email@example.com, which they haven’t sold so they pass the test :)). This works great on OS X – just put the addresses comma separated in the Email Address field in the account setup in Mail.app and they all show up as usable “from” addresses you can choose from when composing your emails. But the cool part is you only have the single root email box to check & look through.
I’d not found a way to do this on iOS (no comma on the keyboard when you enter the Email Address field, just for starters) and my (painful) work-around was to set up dummy email accounts but iOS kept prompting me for passwords for them which was a serious pain in the neck!
Today I griped on twitter about this not being fixed in iOS and @rdsquared pointed out that I was being an idiot and that you simply create the string of email addresses in notepad (or whatever) as
firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, then copy this string and paste them into the Email field in the mail account setup screen in Settings. BINGO! Works great so I owe @rdsquared a Guinness and you should buy him one also if this is useful to you 🙂
Thanks @rdsquared!(1) All email addresses used in this post are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons or email addresses, living or dead, is purely coincidental.