How to Make Your ‘’ Email Address the Default for Sending Messages

Posted in How To, iOS, Mac on 03/12/2012 by Chris Hauk


Chances are, to go along with your nifty new address, you probably have either a or address, or both. Want to simplify things and just use your address as the default for sending email? Here’s how.

In iOS 6:

  • Go to Settings > iCloud > Account (your Apple ID) > Advanced: Mail.
  • Under “iCloud Account Information”, then tap your email address.
  • From the list of available addresses, tap the email address to use as the default address for sending mail.

In OS X Mountain Lion:

  • Go to Mail Preferences > Composing.
  • Click the “Send new messages from” list and select the email address.


  • Log into
  • Go to the Mail app.
  • Click the gear icon, (upper right-hand corner), and select Preferences.
  • Under “Composing,” click “Set a default address”, and select the address.

That’s it, easy-peasy, and you’ve simplified your life. Well, at least when it comes to email.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.