Getting iCloud Mail Working on Your Mac
iCloud is Apple’s answer to cloud-based storage. It also comes with a free email account which is web-based that is accessible from any computer. iMac is compatible with computers running Mac, Windows or iOS.
The first step to getting iCloud to work on your Mac is to set up the iCloud services. Once you’ve set up iCloud services, follow these steps to get iCloud mail working on your Mac.
Here’s how to enable iCloud mail services (these instructions are for OS X Mavericks and after)
- Begin by launching system preferences. System preferences can be found in the Apple menu. You can also click the system preferences icon which you’ll find on the Dock.
- A list of preference panes will open and one of them will say iCloud. Click on the iCloud pane.
- Enter your Apple ID and password if you haven’t already done so.
- Once you’ve entered the information, click on the sign in button.
- You’ll then receive a prompt asking you if you’d like to use iCloud with the following services
- Use iCloud for Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Safari and Notes.
- Use Find My Mac.
- You may check mark one or both of the options, however, to continue with this guide, you’ll need to select the Use iCloud for Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, and Safari option.
- Click next.
- You’ll receive another prompt asking you if you’d like to set up iCloud Keychain. It isn’t necessary for this guide so skip this unless you know what you’re doing.
- You will then see the iCloud preference pane which will show you the status of your iCloud account as well as all the iCloud services you are connected to. You should be able to see a tick mark in the mail checkbox, as well as a bit more.
- Success, you’ve set up the basic iCloud services. Congratulate yourself!
- Click the dock icon and launch system preferences from there. Alternatively, you can select system preferences from the Apple menu.
- To enable iCloud mail, you’ll need to put a checkmark next to Mail and Notes. iCloud Mail is a part of the Mail and Notes service.
- If you haven’t used iCloud Mail and Notes before, the software will ask you to create an email account. You can create one email account per Apple ID. Follow the easy to understand instructions to create an iCloud email account.
- After you’ve finished setting up your email account, you can leave the preference pane. Remember to not use the sign out button to exit. Use the show all button instead which you can find near the top left of the iCloud preference pane. This will show you all of the system preferences which are available to you.
Bonus: Here’s how to access iCloud Mail from the Web
- If you'd like to test your iCloud mail account to make sure everything is working, you can do this by pasting this link (http://www.icloud.com) into your browser.
- Once your browser has brought you there, enter your Apple ID and password.
- Follow up by clicking on the mail icon.
- Continue by sending a test message to a different email account, preferably one you own so that you can find out immediately if it worked.
- After a couple of minutes, check Apple Mail to find out if the test message went through. If you do see the message, quickly jot down a reply and hit send so that you check the results in the iCloud mail system.
And you’re done! It really is that easy to get iCloud mail to work on your Mac.
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