How to Forward iCloud Mail to Another Email Address

Set up iCloud to forward your Mail messages to another email client

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Every Apple ID comes with an iCloud account and a free iCloud email address, so every Apple product is well-equipped to handle mail that comes to your iCloud account. Ad-free iCloud Mail offers free email accessible via IMAP protocol. Each iCloud account comes 5GB of free storage space. The account is accessible on Apple's iPhone and iPad as well as other mobile devices. On computers, it is accessible through a web interface.

Having another email address can cause some confusion and inconvenience, though. What if you already have several email accounts through other services or even another iCloud Mail account? Checking all those accounts can be a time-consuming hassle. The solution is to 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 a backup too.

Forward iCloud Mail Messages to Another Email Address

Here's how to set it up using the web interface:

  1. Go to iCloud.com in your favorite browser on your computer.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password in the fields provided.
  3. Click the Mail icon to open iCloud Mail.
  4. Click the gear at the bottom of the left panel, under the list of mailboxes.
  5. Select Preferences from the menu that opens.
  6. Open the General tab.
  7. Check the box next to Forward my email to.
  8. Enter the email address to which you want all incoming messages to be forwarded automatically in the field following Forward my email to.
  9. If you want the forwarded emails to be deleted from iCloud Mail account after they have been forwarded, check the box in front of Delete messages after forwarding. Verify that the forwarding address works before enabling automatic deletion to avoid losing messages. If you enter an incorrect email address, the emails would be forwarded to the wrong address and deleted from iCloud at the same time, which means you'd never see them.
  10. Click Done.

Note: iCloud Mail does not send a verification message. Forwarding starts immediately.