How to Forward iCloud Mail to Another Email Address

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With almost every Apple product comes an iCloud account; with that iCloud account comes an email address and the iCloud Mail account to use it.

This can present some confusion and inconvenience, though. What if you already have several email accounts through other services and even other iCloud Mail accounts? Checking all those accounts separately can be a time-consuming hassle. The solution: Forward your iCloud Mail automatically to your main email address—the one you check regularly.

You can choose to retain a copy in the forwarding iCloud Mail account as backup, too.

Forward iCloud Mail Messages to Another Email Address

Here's how to set it up:

  1. Click the Show Actions menu gear near your iCloud Mail web interface at's lower left corner.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu that has shown.
  3. Open the General tab.
  4. Make sure Forward my email to is checked under Forwarding.
  5. Enter the email address to which you want incoming messages automatically forwarded following Forward my email to.
  6. Optionally, to have emails deleted from the iCloud Mail account once they have been forwarded:
    • Check Delete messages after forwarding.
    • Verify that forwarding works before enabling automatic deletion to avoid losing messages.
    • Note: iCloud Mail will not send a verification message itself; forwarding will start immediately.
  7. Click Done.
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