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TempMail & Gmail hacks 📧

TempMail

Let's start with TempMail. Now, some of you might not be familiar with this concept but there actually is such a thing as a temporary email. Consider the following scenarios:

  • You want to access a website but it forces you to sign up to "read more",
  • You want to sign up to an online service but don't want to enter your personal email,
  • You want to sign up for online sweepstakes (if you're 70 years old and still believe in online sweepstakes),
  • You want to rewatch Game of Thrones on HBO but need another account for the free trial.

Point is, there are way too many reasons why you'd want a temporary email. There's only so many times you can use your personal email(s) before you run out of them and don't want to go through the hassle of going through Gmail's sign up process for more and more email accounts.

TempMail

TempMail is an online platform that lets you create temporary email addresses that last however long you want it to last. Literally. As long as you have that web page open (or they refresh their servers), that email will exist.

If you want something even less permanent (commitment issues), TempMail even offers 10 minutes emails, an account that lasts 10 minutes exactly. If you think about it, 10 minutes are all you need to receive a verification code, complete a sign up process, or simply "Click on the email you receive to verify your email account".

Contrary to an actual email address, none of your actual information is tied to TempMail. Take a look at the image above: I typed in a username "testingthismail" and the website automatically assigned "@beiop.com" for me. That is now my temporary email.

Time to put it to the test.

Sending an email to my temporary address

I'm sending an email from my personal account (priths@me.com) to my temporary account (testingthismail@beiop.com).

2 seconds later...

Receiving an email on TempMail

Simple as that. All I did was hit "Refresh" on the top of that image and the email showed up immediately. P.S. By the time you're reading this email, I will have already deleted this temporary email. So please don't email it.

TempMail allows you to change your address, delete your account, and receive as many emails as you want for however long you want. Just note, you can't actually send emails from this. Its only purpose in life is to receive them.

Bonus Content

Gmail has a trick that lets you create as many fake accounts as you want!

To explain this a bit better, let's consider my main account (prithvi@gmail.com) to be Superman. You know how when Superman puts on his glasses, he becomes Clark Kent and for some reason nobody can recognize him? Now imagine I put some glasses on prithvi@gmail.com. Here's how it works.

If I wanted to sign up for Netflix's 30 day free trial, I would simply disguise my main Gmail account by adding a plus sign ("+") followed by any word I want. 

For example: prithvi@gmail.com could become prithvi+netflix@gmail.com, or even prithvi+iscool@gmail.com (the word doesn't matter, it's only for you to identify it better).

In the same way that Superman, with or without glasses, is still Superman: both prithvi+netflix@.., or prithvi+iscool@.. are still prithvi@gmail.com, all that changed are the glasses. In other words, though Netflix might think that prithvi+netflix@gmail.com is a new user, Gmail knows it's still you - so you'll still receive all the emails for that "new" account, in your main inbox (in this case, prithvi@gmail.com). This way, you won't have to actually create a new account, as much as simply use the + sign to your advantage! 

Price? Free (with Premium if needed) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Available? All browsers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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