Welcome to a list of free email services that do not ask for your phone number. Yep, it’s creepy these days. You need to give away your phone number in exchange for an email account. I mean, while it does add a layer of security for the company, giving the phone number away basically does nothing good for us.
So here is a list of good companies that respect our privacy, and provide free email services without asking for phone numbers.
Restrictions: Attachments up to 30MB, total storage of 65 GB for free users. Require alternate email to sign up.
Signing up with mail.com is a breeze. Simply enter your name, desired email address, security question, password, and that’s it – An email account within 3 minutes. But take note, they do have a limit of 65 GB storage for free users, and the largest allowed file attachment is 30 MB.
That may be a bummer to some, but the extra features they offer greatly outweigh the limits – Two-factor authentication (2FA), email alias, free online Office suite, and they even have free email mobile apps for both Android and iOS. Mail.com has so far been one of my personal favorites, the servers are decently fast, and their service is just fuss-free.
Restrictions: 1GB of storage space
This is one of the better email services that I know of. Tutanota offers free anonymous sign-ups and up to 1GB of storage space. The better part? Tutanota is encrypted; It adds another layer of security.
The best part? There are no advertisements. Tutanota is open source and funded by donations plus premium accounts. The premium accounts are very affordable at only 1 euro a month. Do support these guys if you like their email service.
3) GMX MAIL
Restrictions: 50MB attachments. Require alternate email to sign up.
2019 update – How could I miss this one out? GMX (Global Mail eXchange) run by a listed company in Germany. They are plenty reliable enough, running since 1997. Although they do not state any storage restrictions, there is a 50MB attachment limit… and advertisements alert. Take note – Even though you do not need a phone number to register on GMX, you still need another email account.
Restrictions: 500 MB of storage space, send 150 emails a day
Switzerland-based ProtonMail offers free email accounts of 500MB storage and 150 emails a day. While this does not sound very exciting, ProtonMail has a feature that most other email providers don’t – encryption. Yep, you can send encrypted emails to people that are password protected and will expire/self-destruct in a number of days. That cool enough now?
Restrictions: 500 MB of storage space. Requires alternate email.
Encryption, privacy, no ads, no tracking. MailFence is one that actually looks pretty convincing. But take note, an existing email is required to sign up and activate MailFence.
6) GUERRILLA MAIL
Restrictions: Not a permanent email, 150MB attachment limit.
Want a totally anonymous email? Then create one that is temporary. Introducing Guerrilla Mail – a one-time email that you can create, use, then dispose of immediately. No sign-up required, and you can even attach files up to 150MB.
7) EMAIL ON DECK
Restrictions: Not a permanent email
Email on deck is an alternative to Guerrilla Mail, simply verify that you are not a bot and get your temporary email – Use and dispose of.
Restrictions: Public email addresses
Mailinator is the complete opposite of most email providers. That is, you create public email addresses… or take over control of one that other people have created. Interesting? No sign-up required, just don’t use this to keep your dark secrets.
Restrictions: Public email addresses, receiving only
Mailnesia is an email with amnesia. Seriously. Just enter your desired email address, and you get an instant mailbox in seconds – No registration required. One problem with Mailnesia is that you cannot send any emails with it though.
Restrictions: Public email addresses, receiving only
Tempinbox is yet another public email that you can use within seconds. Again, you can only receive emails with it and there no sending of email with it.
11) INBOX.LV (NOT ANY MORE!?)
Restrictions: 20 GB of storage space
Inbox.lv is a Latvian company that provides primarily email services. While this site is covered in ads, the email service is free, along with some others such as photo and file hosting. There really is nothing to complain about here, and they are quite generous with their storage space. One small thing to note though – It seems like they are experiencing quite a lot of spammers, and it took me quite a while before I was able to register properly.
Edit – Reports received on inbox.lv now locks you at a page requiring your phone number after registration. You can try and verify this if you want…
12) YANDEX (NOT REALLY?)
The last on this list is Yandex, the so-called “Russian Google”. As you might have noticed, I have appended a “not really” on the heading. Yes, and that is for a good reason. You can sign up for a Yandex email account without a phone number, just click on “I don’t have a telephone number” during registration.
Restrictions: Might still ask for your phone number…
BUT here’s the catch – If Yandex somehow deems your account as “spammy”, they will still ask for your phone number as verification… I already have my spare Yandex account locked in this manner, and I am refusing to give them my number. You decide if Yandex is worth your time.
We have come to the end of this list, and I hope that it has been helpful to you. Now go create your free email accounts without the fear of some random marketer calling you for email upgrades. If you have more free services to share, please feel free to comment below.
Edit – Getting quite a number of random funny hate comments from not-so-intelligent trolls. If you have registration problems, it could very well be anything such as network issues, browser compatibility, geolocation bans, IP blacklist, policy changes over time, VPN/TOR not allowed, or simply providers going out of business.
Let’s keep things civil here, and help each other out – Just share which worked/did not work and if you are on VPN/TOR. Bashing won’t do any good nor get you a free email address. 😆 Chill and good luck!