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.

Add an alias to your account
You can add an alias that is a phone number, a new email address, or an existing email address that isn't already associated with another Microsoft account. You can have up to ten aliases on your Microsoft account at any given time.
Every calendar year, you can add an alias ten times. This is different from the total number of aliases you can have at any one time. If you add an alias and then remove it, that action still counts toward your annual limit.
  1. Sign in to the Microsoft account website. You may be asked to verify that you're the account owner.
  1. Select Your info.
  2. Select Manage your sign-in email or phone number.
  3. Select Add email or Add phone number.

Follow the instructions to set up and verify your new alias. If you chose Add email, you have the option to use an email address that you already have, or you can create a new email address.

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