Create, set up, and use an iCloud email account


(Pocket Ribbon) – There are a number of options available when it comes to setting up a new email account, but if you’re looking for an Apple iCloud email, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating and setting up an iCloud email account on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and PC, as well as troubleshooting any issues and creating an iCloud email alias.

Create an iCloud email account on an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac

Follow these steps to create an iCloud email account on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod:

Open Settings Tap your name at the top Tap iCloud Turn on Mail and press Create when the popup appears Choose the iCloud email address you want Tap Next Make sure you’re happy with it because you can don’t change it after that Tap ‘Done’

Follow these steps to create an iCloud account on your Mac:

Choose the Apple menu in the top left corner Click System Preferences If you’re using macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, click Apple ID, then iCloud If you’re using macOS 10.14 or earlier, all you need to do is click iCloud Select the checkbox for Mail Choose your iCloud email email addressTap ‘OK’Click ‘Create’ if you are happy with the email account you have selected

Troubleshoot setting up an iCloud account

First, make sure you’ve selected an email address that isn’t already in use. A notification appears if the email is already in use and suggestions appear in the Suggestions box on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, or in the drop-down arrow on a Mac.

If you encounter the “Problems Enabling Email” error when setting up an iCloud email account on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, try signing out of iCloud and back to iCloud. Before signing out, make sure you know your Apple ID and password.

Sign out of iCloud: Open Settings > Click on your name > Scroll down to Sign Out > Follow the instructions.

To sign back into iCloud: Open Settings > Click the bar at the top where your name was before signing out > Follow the instructions.

Set up an iCloud email account on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac

After you create an iCloud email address, you may need to make sure it’s enabled in iCloud settings to see it appear in the Mail app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or in Mail on your Mac.

To enable your iCloud email account on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod: Open Settings > Click your name > iCloud > Enable Mail.


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To enable your iCloud email account on a Mac: Open the Apple menu in the top left > Select System Preferences > Tap Apple ID (macOS 10.15 and later) > Select iCloud > Make sure the Mail box is checked.

Set up an iCloud email account on your PC

You must have created an iCloud account on an Apple device first, but after you have your iCloud account, you can then set it up on a Windows PC.

To do this, follow these steps:

Download the iCloud for Windows app – you can find it in the Microsoft Store if you’re using Windows 10 (May 2019 update and later), or you can download it from here. Enter the Apple ID and password you used to set up your iCloud account Enable the desired features Click Apply

Create an iCloud email alias

With an email alias, you can hide your iCloud email address from a recipient, manage the emails you receive, and check for junk or spam. You can also use the Hide My Email feature if you are using iOS 15 or later.

As for aliases, it is possible to have three email aliases with iCloud Mail and you can send and receive emails using an alias. It is worth noting that you cannot log in to iCloud.com with an email alias and you cannot create another Apple ID, nor can the alias be changed to a primary email address.

Follow these steps to create an iCloud email alias:

Open iCloud.com in a browser and sign in with your Apple IDT Tap MailTap on the Settings gear in the lower left corner Select Preferences Choose the Account tab Select ‘Add an alias…’ Choose the alias name, which will become the email address Add a full Name , which will appear in the From field in the emails you send. Choose a label and label color, which allows you to categorize which emails are sent to the alias. Tap ‘Done’

Follow these steps to disable or remove an iCloud.com alias:

Open iCloud.com in a browser and sign in with your Apple IDTap on MailTap on the Settings gear in the lower left corner Select Preferences Choose the Account tab Select the alias you want to disable or remove on the left Check the Disable alias box Or choose Remove

Written by Britta O’Boyle.

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