Frequently Asked Questions:



What is 10MinuteMail?

10MinuteMail is a secure temporary e-mail service. This means that it lets you have a private e-mail address that anyone can send e-mail to. The e-mail and the address both self-destruct in 10 minutes, so you don't have to worry about SPAM or anything like that.


Why would I use 10MinuteMail?

The most common reason to use a temporary e-mail service like 10MinuteMail is if you are forced to give an e-mail address to a website you don't fully trust. Many websites force you to register in order to see content. Many of those websites will then either send you SPAM for years or, even worse, sell your e-mail address to large scale SPAM operations. 10MinuteMail allows you to easily give an e-mail address that won't exist in 10 minutes, so there's no risk of SPAM. If the website makes you verify the e-mail address by sending you a link to your e-mail that you have to click, then you can read the e-mail right here on www.10minutemail.com and click on the link. You can also reply to e-mail, as some sites require a reply. You can forward the e-mail to your personal account if there's some information you need to save.

How do I use 10MinuteMail?

  • When you need an e-mail address to fill out an online form or registration, just open another window or tab and go to 10MinuteMail.com.
  • The e-mail address you see on the page is yours. You are the only person who can see that address.
  • You can copy it from the window, or just click on the icon that looks like two sheets of paper which will automatically copy the e-mail address to your clipboard. DO NOT CLOSE the 10MinuteMail.com window.
  • Then paste the e-mail address into the website you needed it for, complete the registration/form/whatever.
  • If the site sends you an e-mail, it should show up on the 10MinuteMail.com page, down on the page, under the Messages section. It may take a couple of minutes to arrive.
  • Once you see it there, just click on it, and you can read the e-mail. Then you can click on any links, or get any information you need.
  • When you are done, just close the 10MinuteMail.com window, or wait for the 10 minutes to expire. That's it.

Do I need to sign up or provide any information to you?

Nope! The idea of 10MinuteMail is to be as fast and simple as possible. Just hit the site and you have a private secure address ready and waiting for you. You don't need to do ANYTHING!

How safe/secure/private is 10MinuteMail?

Unlike many similar temporary e-mail services, 10MinuteMail is built around privacy and security. You get a private unique e-mail address that no one else gets. You are the only person who can see that e-mail's inbox. No one else can see your e-mail. Period.

What happens to my e-mail after the 10 minutes is up?

After your e-mail address expires, all of your e-mail is deleted, and the address itself stops working a minute later.

What if I need more time?

If the e-mail you are waiting for still hasn't arrived, you can click on the link that says Give me 10 More Minutes, which will reset the countdown timer.

What shouldn't I use 10MinuteMail for?

If you trust the site, then it's probably easiest to use your real e-mail address. If it's an IMPORTANT account that you might need to send a password reset e-mail or something similar, you shouldn't use 10MinuteMail. Many people have lost accounts when they forgot the password, and had left their account e-mail as a long expired 10MinuteMail address.

Can you recover an e-mail I lost, or got sent after the 10 minutes were up?

I'm sorry but I can't. The e-mails are never saved and I never have access to them. They are truly temporary!

No really, HOW secure is it?

It's PRETTY secure... Most e-mail, by the nature of the whole e-mail system, is sent un-encrypted, and may go through many servers between its sender and its recipient. So e-mail isn't a super secure way to communicate, period. You can read more about that here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_privacy. If you want really secure e-mail you need to encrypt the e-mails using PGP/GPG. You can read about that here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy. You shouldn't use 10MinuteMail to do anything illegal. Period. But it's safe from most prying eyes!