The internet is terrifying these days. It’s no surprise that we get scared when an email service asks us for our phone numbers while trying to create a new email address. Sheesh, everywhere you turn nowadays people are asking for your personal information.
Sure, some trusted mail sites will never give away your information *cough* Gmail *cough*, but for your peace of mind, but why not open an email address without phone verification? It’s one less piece of information you have to give away.
In this article, you will discover various sites where you can create an email address without providing a phone number for verification, for free! So, sit back, relax, and sip some coffee because there’s a whole lot of information for you here.
Let’s get started!
List of the Best Free Email Services (No Phone Verification Required)
Contrary to popular belief, Gmail doesn’t require phone verification. Perhaps some confusion took place because back in the day Gmail used to require a phone number:
But that is old news. Gmail no longer requires a phone number for verification purposes. Instead, a phone number is optional. However, it is useful to provide an extra layer of security to your account and that is why it is offered.
That being said, there are times when Google will ask for phone verification anyways:
So is it truly a phone verification free email service? We’ll leave you to judge that. That said, Google’s Gmail is still one of the best email services on the Internet with a lot of cross-compatibility and easy setup for many different operating systems and devices.
Protonmail is based in Switzerland and their server is physically located in Switzerland. It is a very secure email, attested for by almost everyone who uses their email service. Like with many other mail services, ProtonMail has the option of using the paid or free version of their email service. Heck, these companies do need to make some money, cut them some slack, okay?
What we are interested in is the free version and how much you can get from it. With ProtonMail, you get strong end-to-end encryption; only the email subject line is not encrypted. This means that it is not a serve-yourself buffet for hackers when the email is in the server.
You can also input a verification system for the email to ensure that it is the receiver who opens the mail, not someone else. Additionally, you get 500Mb of space, but you are limited to 150 messages per day. Lastly (and this is the coolest feature of ProtonMail), you can send a self-destructing email where you can specify the timeframe in which the email will get deleted. Awesome, right?
You can also download the iOS or Android versions of the ProtonMail application right to your phone.
What you should know about ProtonMail is that although your emails are encrypted, it under the auspices of Swiss law. This means that they will give out all the information they have on you to the Swiss government if you happen to break Swiss law. So, don’t do that!
The most striking feature of Mail.com is how easy it is to open your email account. With the snap of a finger, you’re done! There is absolutely no need for a phone number verification; you can go to Mail.com, fill in the necessary details, and get your new email account. It is accessible from any computer and has put many anti-spam measures in place to ensure that your inbox does not get filled up with spam emails.
Just like all email services, mail.com has its pros and cons. Although it is easy to set up, Mail.com takes its security slightly too seriously because there is a risk of losing your account if any irregular activity is sensed. The free version can also be packed with ads. There is no access to telephone support. Don’t get gloomy; look on the bright side; you get a whopping 2 GB worth of space with an easy to use interface; if you ever feel like getting better service from mail.com, you can always upgrade to the premium account.
Tutanota is sometimes regarded as a substitute for ProtonMail; this is because they are eerily similar in the type of services they provide. This email service provider has been in business since 2011 and has since become one of the best in its field. The free version of Tutanota lets you create an email address without your phone number, and the most fantastic part of the deal is that it is ads-free. That’s right; a free version is ads-free is almost unheard of. A quick detail about the name Tutatona is that it is derived from a latin word “Tuta” and “Nota” which means secure message. I never would have guessed that. The name completely describes what the creators are trying to accomplish.
You also get 1GB worth of space, end to end encryption for your emails, providing you with top-notch security; it has the upper hand in this because even the subject line is encrypted, unlike ProtonMail. Even if you send an email to a non-Tutanota user, a link will be sent instead so that it can be open with Tutanota to give you the best private service. Additionally, you can set up passwords in emails as well as a second-factor authentication. With all these, it will shock you that the paid version for Tutanota is just 1 euro monthly, pretty affordable if you ask me.
Let’s take a look at the shortcomings of this excellent mail service provider; trust me, I had to search deep for cons. A hitch is that you can only get support service if you are using a paid account; another problem is that the paid version is relatively more expensive for business owners. All in all, if security is your priority, Tutanota is the right choice.
4. GMX Mail
GMX stands for Global Mail eXchange, it has been around since the 1990s, and it is one of the most popular mail service providers that work vial webmail and POP3 access. It can only be used as a secondary option because you will have to have already had an existing email to create a GMX mail account (they ask for alternative emails); it’s a pretty good compromise if you ask me; emails are not as personal as phone numbers.
You should also know that GMX has no limit on storage space, which means that you can have your emails carrying heavy files, well, not so heavy because there is a 50MB attachment limit for each email.
The con of using GMX is that it allows for ads to run in the background, and we all know how it can be when ads keep on popping up, there is also no encryption tool provided, so if privacy is top on your list, you might want to switch to a different mail. All in all, GMX is perfect for a primary user because it is easy to use.
If you are going for the spy kind of email that is temporary, Guerilla mail is the way to go. Just like ProtonMail, your emails can be disposed of easily with Guerilla mail.
The sign-up process is unlike other mail services; you don’t have to give up any personal information (totally like a spy); you create your email address, send your email and dispose of your email immediately. Additionally, you can only attach a file of 150MB to a Guerilla mail, except you plan to send heavy videos; this is enough to send pictures and some files.
The temporary email created only lasts for 60 minutes, and the received emails sent from a Guerilla mail address deletes after 60 minutes. This is not a problem if you are giving out your email address to those websites that ask for your email to flood your inbox with spam messages.
It also works in your favor when you don’t feel like giving out your real email address to a company you do not trust. However, this might work against you if you miss out on an ample opportunity by giving out a temporary email address instead of a permanent one. Yikes.
While other mail service providers focus on privacy, the creators of Mailinator did not care about that. With Mailinator, you can provide a public email address (emphasis on public); if you choose an email address already in use by someone else, you will either hijack it or the mails merge, and you can both read each other’s email.
It requires zero information to open, and it is usually for websites that you are sure will spam you with unnecessary emails. To keep your mailbox clean, emails don’t stay too long before it gets deleted. Unlike Guerilla, it is a permanent email address and will not self-delete after a few minutes.
The shortcoming of Mailinator is the zero security it provides; anyone can log into your email address as long as they know what it is. However, anyone using Mailinator should understand and embrace this.
Also, it is not an email that can be used for private messages; instead, see it as the brilliant idea that will keep you from having to deal with those annoying spam emails that won’t let you unsubscribe no matter how much you try. If you are looking for your very own filter system for junk mails, this is it.
Tempinbox is another email service provider that will not ask for your phone number; it is also known by other names like temp mail and 10-minute mail, it is super simple to use, and you can create your email in a matter of seconds.
The main aim of this particular mail service is to protect you from sites that want your email before you gain access to their content. Tempinbox is also a public mail, so there are security risks attached to having a temp mail; what you can do to counter this is used difficult to remember usernames. Instead of using firstname.lastname@example.org, switch it up a bit, go crazy, and use aNnie10E@tempibox.xyz instead.
All the emails received with the temp mail account only last for about five days; then, it is deleted, including unopened emails. If your aim of creating this email is to prevent trash emails, it sounds like the full package.
The teeny-tiny problem is that you can only receive emails with Tempinbox; you can’t send emails. It would help if you guessed this already when you realized that the world inbox was part of the name. This should not be a problem if you use it strictly for spam mails since you can read and download attachments as you please.
This one is quite similar to Tempinbox because you can only receive emails with Mailnesia, not send them. Setting up an account with Mailnesia is a breeze; you only have to give the right email address name, then you are ready to go, it also has a random address generator feature if you can’t come up with a correct address name, and of course, there is no phone number or password required to generate this.
One cool tidbit about the name Mailnesia is that “nesia” is a Greek word that means islands, Mailnesia literary means mail islands. Also, please think of the word amnesia; like how you lose your memory of past events, you can forget about your Mailnesia account when it has served its purpose; it is a disposable email, after all. Like other disposable email addresses, Mailnesia does not keep emails in your inbox for a long time; if you want access to your email, input your address on mailnesia.com.
Protip: Saving emails you get in disposable email services can be tricky, the best thing to do is to copy and paste the contents of the mail to your clipboard.
OpenMailBox is based in France; it is a secure email service provider that provides a 5GB storage capacity for the free account. It is not a disposable account; in fact, it is similar to yahoo. Mail, Hotmail, and even Gmail; you can send and receive emails with Openmailbox.
The paid version of the open mailbox will cost up to 5 euros monthly, which is a lot; nevertheless, you can pretty much get by with the free version. Along with sending email attachments of up to 500MB, which is just crazy for a free version, you also get zero ads. Messages sent with this mail service is not encrypted; therefore, it is not too reliable security-wise.
Because it is provided by a company based in France, I would advise you not to carry out any activities that may be considered illegal in France (or anywhere else in the world for that matter). If you are suspected of doing so, Openmailbox will access your emails to the government when issued with a court order. However, that’s not a problem for exemplary individuals.
Some cons of Openmailbox is the fact that they don’t have much in the way of customer support. So, if you’re having problems with your service you’ll just have to Google about it, and hopefully you can find the info. Also, keep the servers may slow down sometimes which can be annoying.
10. Email on Deck
This is a disposable email that is similar to Guerilla mail; it is temporary. Because of the frequent use of disposable emails, they are over 30000 disposable email service providers available on the internet; some even last for 10 minutes since the aim is to prove that you are not a robot. As you can guess, websites have become smarter in detecting disposable emails. What Email On Deck boasts of is the ability to remain undetected; with this, websites will never probe you for using a disposable email.
To open up your Email on Deck email, you can go to the website, complete your security check, and there you have it, request for an email address, and you’re done! You can quickly delete your email when you want to; although it will probably not last for more than a day, I did say it was temporary. You can receive as many emails as possible while your account still exists, but you can only send emails to other Email on Deck users. If you want to get a little more from the email on deck, you can always upgrade to the pro version.
11. Yandex (Y-mail)
Yandex mail stands out as a maybe; it is based in Russia, where it is frequently used. It asks for your phone number, but you can skip the sign-up process by specifying that you do not have a phone number, which is probably a little bit of dishonesty on your part but hey, if the shoe fits, wear it.
Yandex is exciting to use because it is free and offers unlimited storage. The interface of Yandex mail is very appealing. With the built-in translator program, you even get to convert your mail to some languages accommodating when sending emails to foreigners. It is not a disposable email service; it functions like regular email service providers like google and yahoo mail. You can send mails from Yandex to other emails, and also has a malware detection system, and you can block spam messages manually.
Yandex has a little problem because it may eventually ask for your phone number for verification; you can choose to ignore the request if you do not want to risk it, or you can give out your phone number. You should know that your account will now seem suspicious if you refuse to verify your phone number, and you might be blocked eventually.
Information Required to Create an Email Without a Phone Number
It’s cool that we now have the option of creating an email address without a phone number; since it’s not all roses and rainbows, these service providers will have to ask you for some identification to prove that you’re human. Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently requested requirements for opening an email address without your phone number.
Name: Sites like Tutatona, Mail.Com, Openmailbox, Protonmail, and Yandex will ask for information like your name and even birth date; they function just like google mail and outlook. They need all the information they can get aside from your number. Only DEAs (disposable email address) like Guerilla, Tempinbox, Email on desk, and Mailnesia will not ask for any information whatsoever, they only accept the generation of your email, and you’re done; some do not even need passwords.
Date of Birth: this can act as a security measure if you forget your password; it will also help the mail site know whether you are old enough to meet their requirements. You can also create an email with Gmail without your phone number if you use the wrong date of birth; if you are less than 15 years old, Gmail will make it possible to skip the phone number option.
Password: most disposable email addresses will not ask for passwords because the email doesn’t last very long. Other permanent email services will ask for a password and alternative email address to help you recover your password If you forget it.
FAQS About Free Email Services
Will these sites eventually ask for phone number verification?
This is a tricky question. There have been some bad reviews about some sites that eventually request your phone number when you have an existing email with them. For example, if you input the wrong password once, you may be logged out for a site like Yandex due to security reasons and asked to provide a phone number for verification. You can recover your account by inputting other details like the date of registration or some different sort of identification. If your phone number means too much for you to give out, you should probably note some of this information down.
How do I get my password back?
Not all of these sites use passwords; some sites like Tutatona come with a recovery code to help you in situations like this; all you have to do is keep the recovery code safely stored in a folder so that you can use it to recover your email if the situation calls for it. Even disposable email sites like email on deck have introduced a new feature called email tokens; it is a 32 alphanumeric code that you should save when your email is still available. You can go to the recovery email address and input your email token when you want to get your email account back from the email on deck. For sites like ProtonMail, where you have to include an alternative email address, your recovery password will be sent to that email address instead.
Do they work in every country?
Although these email service companies’ servers might not be located in your home country, all the previously mentioned emails will probably work in any country. Come on; it’s the 21st century.
The only hitch in this might be slow service due to the distance of the servers. They have also been some complaints on the difficulty in communicating with the customer service for a non-English speaking country. For the servers. You can use a VPN to connect you to a server in that country for faster service. This may be tagged as a suspicious activity. Communicating with customer service is something you will have to get creative with; maybe try using google translator to convey your message.
Is getting the paid version of an email better than the free version?
The paid version of any service will surely have more features than the original free version. For email services like the ones mentioned above, this could mean larger space to receive and send emails, more interface flexibility where you can choose templates, the ability to send emails to other mail service providers, and lastly, no ads.
The type of upgrade you get will vary depending on the particular email you use. Protonmail’s free version already gives you zero ads with full encryption of emails. When you upgrade to the Paid version, your storage increases from 500MB to 5GB, and you get to send 1000 emails per day instead of the free version’s 150 emails.
For a company like Mail.com, you get an ad-free interface, the ability to contact customer support, easy accessibility from any device, and sending emails to other mail service providers. It is entirely up to you to decide whether you want the free or paid version, but I would advise that you start with the free version and then exhaust the free trial of a paid version if available before paying for it.
What are the disadvantages of these websites?
There are various cons associated with disposable emails and temporary emails. Each site has its disadvantage, but some of the more general disadvantages comprise the low emphasis on encryption for your data.
The whole point of not giving out your phone number is because you don’t want to give out private information; getting your emails hacked defeats the purpose of this. The problem is the validity period of some of these websites; you will have to keep on creating more emails repeatedly, which can turn into a real headache.
Additionally, some of the mails don’t have search tools, making it very hard to find specific emails, not to talk of the limit on attachment space. Treat all of these mails as temporary; your primary email account should always be something you can fall back on because there have been cases of some of these emails getting blocked for absolutely no reason after being in use for as long as five years.
Many email service providers do an excellent job providing the best service available for you; at the end of the day, it is up to you to pick what email service you want to go with.
You can go about this by choosing the one with the coolest name, the best interface, how much space you can get, or the encryption level. If you know exactly what job the email will perform for you, you can pick what complements the job best.
For example, if you want to send private messages, encryption should be first on your list when choosing the site to open your email. You have been provided with many choices in this article; ultimately, you can use all the options, too, as long as the situation calls for it.
I hope this article has satisfied you, other companies will not ask for your phone number, but these few are ranked high; now, you can create emails without the fear of someone getting your phone number or sending excessive spam mails.