Apple's iCloud: A Brief Overview
Email through Apple's iCloud is excellent, and it's free and easy to set up on Macs and iDevices. However, you will need to manually configure access if you use non-Apple email clients or work across platforms.
Please be aware that iCloud is not compatible with POP or Exchange email. Be sure your OS or email client is compatible with IMAP email accounts.
How to Set Up and Use IMAP to Access Your iCloud Email Outside of Apple's Servers
The iCloud email service that comes standard on Macs and iDevices is fantastic and free. However, you will need to manually configure access if you use non-Apple email programs or work on multiple platforms.
The following should enable users to configure iCloud IMAP access in virtually any modern OS or email client; however, special instructions may be provided by the software in question.
Please be aware that iCloud does not support POP or Exchange email clients. Verify that your OS or email client is compatible with IMAP accounts.
Add a new IMAP account by entering your email client's settings. Setting up the account's incoming mail server (IMAP) is the first step in adding a charge.
- Enter imap.mail.me.com as an IMAP server.
- Enable SSL
- Set Port 993
- Use your complete iCloud email address as your user name ([email protected])
- Enter your case-sensitive iCloud password.
Next, configure your outgoing mail server (SMTP) settings:
- Enter the SMTP server name: smtp.mail.me.com
- Enable SSL
- Set Port 587
- Enable SMTP authentication
- Make your full iCloud email address your user name: [email protected]
- Type your case-sensitive iCloud password into the password field.
Once you've made your changes and hit "Save" your email client will try to establish a connection with iCloud. If you continue to receive an error, check that your iCloud username (complete iCloud email address) and password are entered correctly.
If you have double-checked everything and your email client can still not connect to iCloud's email servers, you may see if Apple's end is experiencing any problems by visiting the iCloud System Status site.
Apple makes it easy to set up iCloud email on its own devices. Still, you can set up your iCloud email in just a few minutes on practically any device, including your work PC, an Android tablet, or a Linux computer.
iCloud Mail's Two-Factor Authentication:
Two-factor authentication is an added layer of protection that requires using a second piece of equipment, such as a mobile phone, to access a computer system or online account. Your iCloud account needs to have Two-Factor Authentication, and Multi-Factor Authentication turned off. If the setting permits it, a one-time app password can be used to access the program.
Two-factor authentication for your Apple ID is required for creating and using app-specific passwords.
- Click Apple > System Preferences > Apple ID/ iCloud.
- Click Password & Security.
- Enable 2-Step Verification.
By enabling Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) in iCloud Mail, you can sync your iCloud Mail with the a Ninja app.