How to manage aliases for your Microsoft account

Applies to: Microsoft account

Managing aliases

You can change the way you sign in and show up to recipients by adding aliases to your Microsoft account. An alias is like a nickname for your account that can be an email address, phone number, or Skype name. It uses the same inbox, contact list, and account settings as the primary alias. You can sign in to your account with any alias, and you only have to remember a single password for all of them.

Some reasons to use aliases on your account include:

  • You’ve changed names, set up a personal business, or just want to try something new.
  • You're ready for a new email address but don't want to lose all your settings and data.  
  • You want the flexibility of having several aliases that share the same subscriptions and inbox.
  • You want an alias that can't be used to sign in to your account so that you can give it out to companies or other people and know they can't use it to access your info.

Select the links below to learn more about using aliases.

If you’re having issues signing in to your Microsoft account, or forgot or want to change your password, go to Microsoft account help.

To learn how to change which account sends email in, see Add your other email accounts to

If you have questions about your email account, see Get help with