How to manually set up iCloud mail using IMAP and SMTP

How to manually set up iCloud mail using IMAP and SMTP

If you want to access your iCloud mail from a non-iOS, Windows, or Mac mail program, or with an alternate smartphone platform like BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, etc. you'll need to set it up manually using the IMAP and SMTP standards. While it may not be as pretty, it will be functional, and once it's set up you'll have access to all your iCloud mail, wherever you are.

How to manually set up iCloud mail in Windows, Android, BlackBerry, and more

  1. Launch the Mail app of your choice.
  2. Add a new account.
  3. Enter the following IMAP server name: imap.mail.me.com
  4. Toggle SSL encryption to On or Yes.
  5. Set the port to 993.
  6. Enter your iCloud email address as the username, using @me.com instead of @icloud.com — example: ally@me.com.
  7. Enter your iCloud password.
  8. Enter the following SMTP server name: smtp.mail.me.com
  9. Toggle SSL encryption to On or Yes.
  10. Set the port to 587.
  11. Set Authentication Required to Yes.
  12. Enter your iCloud email address as the username, using @me.com instead of @icloud.com — example: ally@me.com
  13. Enter your iCloud password.

Apple advises that, if you receive errors using SSL, you try using TLS instead.

Once you have it set up, let me know what platform you're using it on and how it's working for you!

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 2 comments. Add yours.

Prajna Sariputra says:

It should be mentioned that STARTTLS can also be used for the outgoing server settings, because when I chose the option SSL/TLS on my Android tablet, it gave me an error.

Peter Savas says:

Allyson,
I'm trying to set this up with Dream Cheeky's Webmail Notifier that works with the USB device from Think Geek. I know my account and password are correct, but when I use the settings you have in the article, the connection fails. They don't have a TLS option available in the program (the only other one is POP); is there another port I can try besides 993?