Sending From Multiple "From" Addresses in macOS Mail

Select a From address for each outgoing email

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If you have multiple email accounts and want to use them for sending mail on your Mac running the macOS, you can configure the Mail application to use them on an as-needed basis so that you can send mail from different email addresses.

A scenario where this is best used is when you have multiple email accounts, but you don't receive mail on some of them. Maybe you have one that's only used to forward messages to other accounts, and you don't need full access to it, but you want to send mail from it.

Information is this article applies to the following operating systems: macOS Catalina (10.15), macOS Mojave (10.14), macOS High Sierra (10.13), and macOS Sierra (10.12).

How to Send From Different Email Accounts

You need to configure macOS Mail to use multiple email addresses:

  1. Launch the Mail application on your Mac by clicking its icon in the Dock.

    The Mail application icon in the Mac Dock
  2. From Mail in the menu bar, select Preferences.

    Path to opening the Mail application preferences on a Mac
  3. Click the Accounts tab at the top of the Mail General preferences screen.

    The Mail Accounts preferences screen
  4. Select the desired account you want to have multiple From addresses associated with by clicking the account name in the left panel.

  5. In the Email Address field, select Edit Email Addresses and then enter all the email addresses you want to be able to use with this account.

    Account screen for adding email addresses
  6. Exit the Accounts preferences screen.

You can now send mail from any of the email addresses you set up.

How to Select a From Email Address in Mail

To choose which of the addresses to use with an email, click the From field. If you don't see the From option:

  1. Open a new email in the Mail application.

  2. Click in the From address field and click the arrows at the right side of the field to open a drop-down menu that lists all the addresses you entered for the account.

    New email screen in the Mac Mail app
  3. Select a From address in the menu by clicking on it.

    Selection of From address for a Mac Mail email