Temporary Email Services – 15 Alternatives to Mailinator
It seems like pretty much every website or app in existence wants you to register with your email address, and of course there’s a reason for that: they want to sell you stuff, one way or another. They want permission to send you messages promoting their newsletters, their current advertisements, their specials, and a dozen other things. You may want to get those emails; I know that I like it when Priceline sends me deals-of-the-day because it might spur a last-minute trip if there’s a cheap fare somewhere. But usually we just want to get signed up on the site. What do we do if we don’t want to give them our main regular email address?
Some people create a special junkmail e-mail address and use it for all their website registrations, but other people prefer to take a more devious approach by using Mailinator, a reliable provider of temporary email addresses to use however you like. With Mailinator, you get a temporary email address, use it for the registration process or other purpose, and then laugh knowing that you’ll never hear from the website again. Unfortunately, some service providers and retailers occasionally get wise and block certain domains. Mailinator is one of the most popular and widely-used temporary address sites, and so its domains often get blocked. If your current Mailinator domain is not being accepted when you’re trying to register for something, you do have options. I’ve researched 15 alternatives to Mailinator that provide much the same service. In this article, I’ll review each one and tell you about their quirks and features.
Do remember that if you register for a site with a temporary address, that may make it difficult later on to recover your login information if you lose it. So bear that in mind, and be sure to write down your credentials in a secure place.
1. Guerrilla Mail
Guerrilla Mail is one of the best known disposable email providers around. It uses a session address that lasts as long as you keep that session open. Any emails received will automatically be deleted after an hour, though. To reduce the chances of blacklisting, there are currently eleven domains to choose from, including the awesome @sharklasers.com.
2. 10 Minute Mail
10 Minute Mail is about as simple as it gets. A simple web page with a dynamically generated email address that lasts for ten minutes. While the time limitation might not work for every kind of service, it works well for insurance, free trials, and any websites that send instant verification emails.
3. Fake Mail Generator
Fake Mail Generator is another disposable email service, and it actively markets itself as a way to enjoy free Netflix trials forever. That may not be your reason for wanting a temporary email address, but it’ll work just fine for your own purposes, too. Fake Mail Generator has ten domains to choose from and the site works pretty well, too.
Nada (formerly Getairmail) is another super simple way to get a disposable email address. Just visit the site, and a current temporary address is already generated for your use. You can also create a new inbox just for yourself. Keep the session open to monitor your inbox, and shut it down when you’re done. Nada has multiple domains, but it assigns you an address and a domain; you do not get to select the domain yourself. Not a lot more to say about this one.
Dispostable.com has a simple UI with a plain white screen and a tiny box with an email address generator in it. Devise your own name and it will have the domain of @dispostable.com, or use their autogeneration command to get a random address. Then use it as you see fit.
MintEmail is another super simple address generator. The current address is shown in the top right of the screen with the option to customize it underneath. When you receive an email, it appears in the center inbox, where you can verify it or ignore it as your needs dictate. It’s simple and effective!
Maildrop has a more sophisticated page from which to generate disposable email addresses, and it is a good alternative to Mailinator. Generate a prefix where prompted and use the email as you see fit. Monitor the inbox and do what you need to do. It works well, and while a few providers have apparently blacklisted the @maildrop.cc address, it works in the vast majority of instances.
YOPmail may have a website design from a decade ago, but it works just fine despite that. Generate a name on the left and click Check Inbox to access the junk that arrives. The site also has a plugin and widget if you happen to be a regular user of disposable email addresses, which is a nice touch. There’s even a chat service where you and other YOP users can connect.
Spamgourmet is another website that could use a redesign, but its services work just fine. It has a no-brainer mode that does everything for you, and an advanced mode that offers better protection but needs a little input. Either way, it’s easy to generate a temporary email address to save yourself from spam.
Harakirimail.com has a great web page and takes just a second to generate a fake email address. There is also a web plugin you can use if you’re a frequent user. Set a name, click the red envelope icon, and you’re away. Simple as that! The site also offers an iOS app should you want to use fake email while on the move, as well as extensions for the major browsers.
Mailnesia works in much the same way as the others in this list of alternatives to Mailinator. Give your email address a name, click the green arrow, and you’re away. You can also generate random addresses by hitting the text link underneath, if you can’t think of a good one.
MyTrashMail is another simple site that generates disposable email addresses. It doesn’t look like it has been updated in a while, but the current active email addresses still work just fine. As usual, enter a name, click the Get Email button, and away you go.
33Mail offers disposable email addresses, but also a bit more. You have to register to use it, but in return the site allows you to monitor inboxes for much longer and even forward email to your real email address, or another fake email address. You can even respond to emails anonymously, which is a neat trick.
Tempr.Email is simple but effective. Create an email address, choose a domain, and check your inbox. That’s it. You can also randomly generate an email address or select your own domain. The process is simple and works very well, and it comes with a Firefox plugin should you require one. The service offers a couple dozen different domains to pick from, as well.
Anonymous email providers come and go, and a few notable ones have gone. All of the sites I have listed here are currently available and working as of May 2019. Each is free, only a couple require registration, and all offer disposal email within a minute. I consider any of them a viable alternative to Mailinator.
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