6 Disposable and Throwaway Email Providers You Can Try

Temp Email Feature

Has your email address become a target for spam and scams? One solution is to create a temporary email address, one that you can use to register, shop, sign up, etc., without worrying about your real, permanent email address getting bombarded with junk. Fortunately, there are plenty of sources for disposable or throwaway email addresses that help you avoid the spam and scams.

1. EmailOnDeck

It’s secure and easy to sign up for EmailOnDeck, making it one of the best ways to pick yourself up a free throwaway email provider. Use the email to do anything you want to do anonymously, and within a matter of hours, that email address will be gone forever.

Temp Email Inbox

EmailOnDeck doesn’t back up emails sent from its servers and wipes its servers regularly too. The servers use the TLS protocol to ensure that the emails you send are secure. In addition, the data-hosting facilities are SOC 2 Type II certified.

This provider’s programming also means that it’s much harder for sites to detect that this is a disposable email provider, which generally means you’ll get to use it on a wider range of sites than competing providers.

Notes of its use:

  • Hard for websites to detect that it’s temporary
  • Doesn’t back up emails
  • Wiped within days

2. Mailinator

Something that distinguishes Mailinator from other entries on this list is the fact that there are already millions of publicly accessible inboxes ready for you to access right away without a password.

Disposable Throwaway Email Addresses Mailinator

Under the strict condition that you don’t have any sensitive information to worry about, you can type in a random email address @mailinator.com (anything@mailinator.com is a good one) and see the inbox without even having to use a password.

It’s easily the quickest throwaway email provider on this list for the above reasons, though it’s also less secure than one that randomly generates a mail address for you.

One thing to note is that mailinator has become so popular as a disposable email service that a lot of services are banning email signup with the mailinator.com address.

Notes of its use:

  • Publicly accessible inboxes ready to use
  • No need to create an account
  • May get blocked from signing up to sites

3. GuerillaMail

GuerillaMail looks like an early 90s Geocities page, but don’t judge a book by its cover – or a site by its design in this case. Beyond the unassuming web design is an easy-to-use temporary email service.

Temp Email Guerillamail

Getting started is simple. There is a handy “WTF” button that will walk you through the steps. Using GuerillaMail doesn’t require any signup or registration, nor does it use any passwords. Your inbox ID and domain is randomly generated the moment you open the GuerillaMail page. You have the ability to customize the inbox ID as well as choose from alternative domains if you wish.

The email address created will last forever, and anyone can access it, provided they know the inbox ID. GuerillaMail also gives users the option to scramble the email address you give out. This makes it virtually impossible for anyone to guess your GuerillaMail inbox ID, meaning random strangers won’t be able to access it. All email will arrive in the inbox on the main GuerillaMail page and will be automatically deleted after one hour, regardless of whether they have been read or not.

Notes of its use:

  • No signup or registration
  • Customizable domains and inbox ID
  • Email deleted with an hour

4. 10MinuteMail

If you only need an email address for a short period of time, then 10MinuteMail has you covered. True to its name, 10MinuteMail is a disposable email service that gives users a unique email address that self destructs after ten minutes. This means that the email address, and the contents of its inbox, are deleted after ten minutes.

Temp Meail 10minutemail

Using 10MinuteMail is simple. Just point your browser to 10MinuteMail. Here, you’ll be presented with a page that displays your unique email address along with a large timer that immediately begins to count down from ten minutes. Copy and paste the unique email address and use it for whatever site or service requires it.

To access email sent to your address, click on the Inbox button. In addition to reading the text of emails, you will also be able to download any attachments, click links, etc. When you are done, you can close your browser or wait for the ten-minute timer to run out.

Either way, your temporary email is deactivated and destroyed. If you need more time because you haven’t received an email yet, all you need to do is click on the button labelled, “Get 10 more minutes.” Doing so will reset the counter back ten minutes. 10MinuteMail is ideal for those who are looking for a truly temporary email that no one else can access.

Notes of its use:

  • Address created for you
  • All email addresses deleted after 10 minutes
  • Can extend 10-minute timer

5. ThrowAwayMail

If you want the privacy a truly disposable email address affords but don’t want to be racing the clock, you may want to give ThrowAwayMail a try. ThrowAwayMail generates a unique email that is only accessible to you. After 48 hours, that unique email address is purged along with any mail in its inbox.

Temp Email Throwaway

ThrowAwayMail isn’t much to look at, but it is super simple to use. Click on the button to generate a unique email. Once an email address is generated, a countdown timer will initiate, similar to 10MinuteMail. The big difference here is that the email address is live for 48 hours as opposed to 10 minutes.

All email sent to that address will appear on the main page. If you do not visit your unique email after 48 hours, it is deleted. However, continued usage of your temporary email address will result in your timer being extended another 48 hours. The only downside to this service is that you must have cookies enabled on your device.

Notes of its use:

  • Unique email address created automatically
  • Email address deleted after 48 hours
  • Requires cookies enabled in browser

6. Maildrop

If you simply want a free email address to use in situations where you don’t want to give out your real email address, Maildrop is worth a look. Maildrop is totally free and doesn’t require any sort of registration. It also allows you to create your own email address, or you can use a randomly-generated one. What sets Maildrop apart is that you can revisit the inbox of any email address created. All you need to do is remember the name of the inbox. This makes it a handy option for people who want to hang on to their temporary email address.

Temp Email Maildrop

The fact that a Maildrop inbox lasts in perpetuity comes with a few caveats. First, Maildrop limits the types of email that reaches your inbox. Unfortunately, this means that attachments are completely discarded.

Furthermore, an inbox is limited to only 10 emails at a time. Finally, any Maildrop inbox that has not received an email in 24 hours will automatically be deleted. Maildrop is a good option if you don’t want to create a new temporary email address every time you need to fill out an online form.

Notes of its use:

  • Each inbox limited to 10 emails
  • Inbox that doesn’t receive emails in 24 hours is deleted
  • Create your own throwaway email address or use generated one

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should I use my throwaway email address for?

Generally, you want to use a throwaway email address to avoid possible spam, sign up to sites you won’t visit much or don’t want emails from, and other things that you don’t want cluttering your main inbox.

2. How private are my emails?

This varies between providers, but throwaway emails vary between being your own inbox to public inboxes.

3. Can I use fake email addresses to buy things?

Generally it’s not a good idea to buy things using a throwaway email address, as in many cases, these inboxes are publicly accessible (until the emails get deleted).

If temporary email addresses seem too much of a hassle, but you still want to avoid spam, consider blocking unwanted mail in Gmail. While you’re at it, find out how to turn Gmail into a desktop app on your PC.

Robert Zak Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

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