iCloud Mail IMAP and SMTP Settings

iCloud Email Settings for Apple, Windows, BlackBerry and Android

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Anyone with an Apple ID has an iCloud Mail account. This free account gives you up to 5 GB of online storage for your email, minus what you use for documents and other data you store in the cloud. You can use this iCloud email account on devices like iPhones and Mac computers.

In addition to your Apple ID, you'll need an active internet connection and up-to-date software. If you meet the recommended system requirements below, you can take advantage of the latest iCloud features and get the best overall experience.

iCloud Mail IMAP Settings

Use these settings to set up the incoming mail server information for your iCloud Mail account:

  • Server name: imap.mail.me.com
  • SSL required: Yes
    If you see an error message when using SSL, try using TLS instead. Make sure STARTTLS is disabled, though.
  • Port: 993
  • Username: Your full iCloud email address (e.g. exampleperson@icloud.com or exampleperson@me.com)
    If your email client does not allow you to enter the full iCloud email address or you can't connect to iCloud using the full address, try using just the name part of your iCloud email address ("exampleperson" in the above examples).
  • Password: an application-specific iCloud Mail password
    Starting June 15, 2017, you need to enable two-step authentication for your iCloud account (which we highly recommend for security reasons in any event) and create an application-specific password for use with IMAP.
    Here's what to do if you forgot your iCloud password.

    iCloud Mail SMTP Settings

    These outgoing mail server settings are needed in order for you to send email from your iCloud Mail account:

    • Server name: smtp.mail.me.com
    • SSL required: Yes
      If you see an error message when using SSL, try using TLS or STARTTLS instead.
    • Port: 587
      If you cannot send mail using this port, try port 465 instead, or maybe 25.
    • SMTP authentication required: Yes
    • Username: Your full iCloud email address (e.g. exampleperson@icloud.com or exampleperson@me.com, not just exampleperson)
    • Password: an application-specific iCloud Mail password
      Use the application password you created for the email program's IMAP access.

    How to Manually Set up iCloud Mail on Windows, Android, and BlackBerry

    The specific steps for setting up iCloud Mail on a device depends entirely on the software, so it's a bit different for different platforms. However, these are some generic steps that should point you in the right direction:

    1. Open the email app of your choice.
    2. Add a new account.
    3. Enter imap.mail.me.com as the IMAP server name.
    4. Toggle SSL encryption to On or Yes.
    5. Set the port to 993.

    See how to get iCloud Mail working on your Mac if you want specific help with that. 

    Minimum Requirements for iCloud Mail

    • iPhone, iPad and iPod touch: iOS 10 and iWork for iOS (Pages 2.5 or newer, Numbers 2.5 or later, Keynote 2.5 or newer)

    • macOS: macOS Sierra; iTunes 12.5; Safari 9.1 or newer, Firefox 22 or later or Google Chrome 28 or later; iWork for Mac (Pages 5.5 or later, Numbers 3.5 or newer, Keynote 6.5 or later)

    • Windows: Microsoft Windows 10; iCloud for Windows v6; iTunes 12.5; Outlook 2007-2016; Internet Explorer 11 or newer, Firefox 45 or later or Google Chrome 50 or later (desktop mode only)

    • Apple TV: Apple TV Software 7.2.1 or later

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