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How will my email address look to other people?

We don't share your personal email address even after you have a confirmed reservation. Instead, we create a unique, temporary Airbnb address for you, and share that with your host or guest. Keeping your real personal email address hidden helps protect your privacy, and prevent unwanted communication from people who may abuse our system.

Any emails sent to your temporary Airbnb address are forwarded to your personal email address. This lets you use your email provider to send or reply to messages, attach files (up to 15 MB), and include links.

A host's anonymised email address might look like:

  • Personal email address: john.lastname@exampleemail.com
  • Temporary Airbnb address: john-abc123xyz@host.airbnb.com

A guest's anonymised email address might look like:

  • Personal email address: jane.lastname@exampleemail.com
  • Temporary Airbnb address: jane-def456@guest.airbnb.com

We recommend communicating using the Airbnb messaging system, but we recognise that sometimes you'll need to attach photos, directions, or other information in an email. These addresses let you send emails like your normally would – with an extra layer of security.