What is Yopmail
The “YOP” in YOPMail stands for “Your Own Protection”, and that’s exactly what it is for. As you can see in this screen shot of the home page, YOPMail provides disposable email addresses that you can use whenever you need to enter an email address into a registration form but don’t want to be dealing with unwanted emails for the rest of eternity.
Here’s the basic idea: you simply type in any random email address you can think of into the form you’re filling out on a website, and end the email with “@yopmail.com”. The website will take this temporary email address that you’ve just invented, so you don’t have to give your real one away.
Then, if you need to check an email sent by that website, like an account activation or free download, for example, just go to YOPMail and type in that same random email in the box in the upper left hand corner.
No registration is needed to use a temporary email or throwaway email from YOPMail.
The process is quite different from what most people are used to, though, so in this post we have a simple step by step tutorial on using YOPMail’s most basic feature: creating a disposable email, using it to sign up on some website, and checking your temporary email account.
Create a Yopmail Account
In this tutorial, I’m going to go ahead and use that same disposable email address. Since it’s been less than 8 days since I first used it to sign up for a newsletter, the newsletter should still be in the inbox. And because of the nature of the YOPMail service, unlike with other email platforms, you can replicate my steps exactly using the same temporary email address (although I wouldn’t recommend using it for anything too personal).
Accessing your YOPMail “account”
In this tutorial, I’m going to assume you have already read through our introduction to YOPMail. In that post, we went over how to use a disposable email address on any website that you don’t want to give your real email to.
Now, days later, I’m back on the YOPMail website, and curious to see if I’ve received any new newsletters. All I will do is type in the same email address I used before, and click on the “Check Inbox” button.
Because none of the @yopmail.com email addresses are password protected, that’s all you need to access the inbox for this account. As you can see, the first email I got from that newsletter is still here, and I’ve also received a new email.
Now, aside from the fact that this email account is essentially public and not password-protected, it functions the same as most other email platforms. If you look here at the menu bar in the YOPMail inbox, you have options to compose a new email, forward a message you’ve received, print, delete emails, etc.
In future posts, we’ll go into more detail about how to use other special features of YOPMail, such as the process of sending emails from a temporary email, using an alias account, and how to use the YOPMail browser plugin.