iCloud Email Address

What Is iCloud?

iCloud securely stores your photos, videos, documents, music, apps, and more—and keeps them updated across all your devices. With iCloud, you can easily share photos, calendars, locations, and more with friends and family. You can even use iCloud to help you find your device if you lose it.

To get started, sign in to your Apple ID to set up iCloud on your Mac, iOS and iPadOS devices, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Windows computer.

To set up iCloud on your iOS or iPadOS device, Apple TV, or Windows computer, see Set up iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Here are some ways you can use iCloud.

iCloud feature Description
Photos icon All your photos and videos. Always available.

iCloud Photos securely stores all your photos and videos and keeps them up to date on your Mac, your iOS devices, iPadOS devices, Apple TV, and iCloud. Any edits you make in the Photos app are automatically updated everywhere. And with Shared Albums, it’s easy to share photos and videos with the people you choose and invite them to add photos, videos and comments to your shared albums.
iCloud Drive iconGet your desktop and documents on all of your devices

Use iCloud Drive to automatically store your Desktop and Documents files and folders in iCloud so you can access them on all your devices and on iCloud. You can also invite others to work on files with you. You can use iCloud File Sharing to share documents with other iCloud users who can work on them and share their changes with you.
Family Sharing icon Share music, books, apps, subscriptions, and more with your family

Family Sharing makes it easy for you and up to five family members to share iTunes Store, App Store, and Apple Books purchases, an Apple Music family plan, an iCloud storage plan, subscriptions to News+ and Apple Arcade, and more. Your family can also share a photo album and a family calendar, and even help locate each other’s missing devices.
Find My app icon Find your missing Mac

Use the Find My app to locate your Mac on a map, play a sound on it, lock its screen, or erase its data. Set up the Find My app to locate a missing Mac.
Mail, Calendar, Notes, Contacts, Reminders, Messages, Home, and News icons Your favorite apps are even better with iCloud

Keep your mail, calendars, notes, contacts, reminders, messages, news, and stocks up to date, as well as your and HomeKit accessories settings, using the apps on your Mac, iOS, and iPadOS devices, and iCloud.
Safari icon iCloud Tabs, bookmarks, and reading list in Safari

See the webpages you have open on your Mac and iOS devices (your iCloud Tabs ). Read articles from your Reading List, even when you’re offline. Plus, use the same bookmarks on your Mac, iOS devices, iPadOS devices, and Windows computer.
iCloud Keychain icon iCloud Keychain

Keep your passwords, credit card information, and more up to date, and have it entered automatically on your Mac, iOS and iPadOS devices.
iCloud storage icon iCloud storage

Everyone gets 5GB of free iCloud storage to get started and it’s easy to upgrade at any time. Your apps and iTunes Store purchases don’t count toward your iCloud storage space, so you need it just for things like photos, videos, files, and device backups.

How To Get iCloud Email Address?

To get iCloud email address, follow these steps:

  • The steps seem strange, but first, you must create your applied using a non-Apple address (note that if you already have an @icloud, @mac, or @me email address that email address is already an Apple ID)

  • Once your Apple ID has been created, on the device go to Settings > iCloud and flip the mail switch on, you will be prompted there to create your @icloud.com email address.

  • Alternatively, you can go to setting and go to mail. From there, add the account and choose iCloud. If you choose “Create Apple ID” at this screen, for whatever reason, it will allow you to create an “@icloud.com” email.

Using a Mac:

System Preferences -> Internet Accounts -> (Maybe you need to click the +) -> Select iCloud on the right -> Create Apple ID -> Follow the steps

Also note that after entering your birthday, you should select “Get a free iCloud email address”.

Creating An iCloud Email Address:

Creating a Free iCloud Email Address (@icloud.com) is really a very simple task and it doesn’t take much time.

Here’s how to create an @icloud.com email address on an iPhone or iPad device:

  • From the Home screen of your device, select Settings option, and tap on the iCloud button.
  • If you are already logged in with any iCloud account then log out.
  • After logged out, select Sign in to your iPhone
  • On the screen to enter your Apple ID, select Don’t have an Apple ID or forgot it?
    • Select Create Apple ID option.
  • Now, enter your Birthday , First Name and Last Name .
  • Select Get a free iCloud email address
  • Now, enter the username which you want to use in your iCloud account.
  • To set up an @icloud email address confirm the process by selecting the Create Email Address button.
  • Enter a Password and confirm too.
  • Now to secure your iCloud account, you must enter a phone number that can receive a text message or phone call
  • Enter the verification code you receive via text or phone call
  • Finally agree to the Terms and Conditions. That’s it!
  • You have just created a free iCloud email address. Now enjoy!!

Using your @icloud.com email address

Learn how to send and receive email using your @icloud.com email address.

Depending on when you started using iCloud, your iCloud email addresses or aliases might end with @icloud.com, @me.com, or @mac.com. No matter which addresses you send email from, you’ll get all emails sent to your @me.com, @mac.com, or @icloud.com email addresses in your iCloud inbox.

Send email from your @icloud.com address

Open Mail and start a new email:

  • If you only have an @icloud.com address and don’t have any iCloud email aliases, it appears in the Cc/Bcc, From field on your iOS device or the From field on your Mac and iCloud.
  • If you have multiple email addresses, you might need to select your @icloud.com address:
    • iOS: Tap Cc/Bcc, From, tap From, then choose your @icloud.com address.
    • macOS: Choose your @icloud.com address from the From menu.
    • iCloud: Click CC/Bcc From, then choose your @icloud.com address from the From menu.

Then complete your email and send it.

Make an @icloud.com address your default sending and receiving address

To make your @icloud.com address the default for sending and receiving email from iCloud, follow the steps below for each of your devices.

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

If you’re using iOS 10.3 or later:

  1. Go to Settings > Mail.
  2. Scroll down and tap Default Account.
  3. Tap iCloud.

If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier:

  1. Go to Settings > iCloud.
  2. Tap Mail under Advanced.
  3. Under iCloud Account Information, tap your email address.
  4. Tap the @icloud.com email address that you want to use as the default for sending mail from iCloud Mail.


  1. Go to Mail > Preferences, then click Composing.
  2. Click “Send new messages from” and select the @icloud.com email address that you want to use.

iCloud Website

  1. In iCloud Mail, click in the sidebar and choose Preferences.
  2. Click Composing.
  3. Select “Set a default address” and choose the @icloud.com address that you want to use.


  • Outlook 2007: Choose Tools > Account Settings. Select the Email tab, then select your @icloud.com email address from the list. Click “Set as default.”
  • Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013: Choose File > Info > Account Settings. Select the Email tab, then select your @icloud.com email address from the list. Click “Set as default.”

How To Create An iCloud Address?

It depends whether you already have an Apple ID or not.

Please note that the iCloud Mail option is only available for compatible Apple devices:

  • iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running at least iOS 5
  • MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro running at least OS X 10.7.5 (Lion)

Beware that iCloud email addresses must be unique.

Scenario 1: Existing Apple ID

If you already have an Apple ID that you use for iTunes/App Store purchases or even iCloud, then you can create the iCloud email account from your device.

Your Apple ID will then be associated with two email addresses:

  • The one you used to create the Apple ID
  • The new address ending in .com

Here are the main steps to create the iCloud email account:

  1. Sign in to iCloud on a compatible Apple device
  2. Activate iCloud Mail from the same device
  3. Choose your iCloud email address

From an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:

  1. Open Settings

  2. iOS 10.3 and up: Tap on Apple ID

  3. iOS 10.2 and lower: Tap on iCloud

  4. If needed, sign in with your existing Apple ID

  5. Toggle on the Mail option

  6. Follow the instructions to create your own iCloud email address

From a MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini or Mac Pro

  1.  → System Preferences
  2. Click on iCloud
  3. If needed, sign in with your existing Apple ID
  4. Tick the Mail option
  5. Follow the instructions to create your own iCloud email address

Scenario 2: New Apple ID

If you’re just starting out and have never created an Apple ID before then you’ll be offered the choice to create an iCloud email address rather than use an existing email address.

From an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:

  1. Open Settings

  2. iOS 10.3 and up: Tap on Apple ID

  3. iOS 10.2 and lower: Tap on iCloud

  4. Tap on “don’t have an Apple ID or forgot it?”

  5. Tap on “Create Apple ID”

  6. Enter your birthday date

  7. Tap on “Get a free iCloud email address”

  8. Follow the instructions to choose your iCloud email address and finish creating your Apple ID

From a MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini or Mac Pro

  1. Click on the  menu → System Preferences
  2. Click on iCloud
  3. Click on “Create Apple ID…”
  4. Enter your Birthday date then click on “Next”
  5. Click on “Get a free iCloud email address…”
  6. Choose your iCloud email address and finish creating your Apple ID

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Why do I need an iCloud email address?

If you have an Apple ID, then you have an iCloud email account. This free account gives you up to 5GB storage for your emails, minus what you use for documents, and other data you store in the cloud. It’s easy to work with your iCloud email from Apple’s Mail, on the Mac, or on an iOS device.

2. How do I recover my iCloud email address?

  1. Navigate to iforgot.apple in any web browser.
  2. Enter your Apple ID email address.
  3. Click Continue .
  4. Select I need to reset my password .
  5. Click Continue .
  6. Select Get an email or Answer security questions . In this example, we’re going to send an email.
  7. Click Continue .
  8. Click Done .
  9. Open the email you received from Apple. It will be titled " How to reset your Apple ID password ".
  10. Click Reset now .
  11. Enter your new password .
  12. Enter it again to confirm .
  13. Click Reset Password .

3. Are emails stored on iCloud?

If you use your iCloud address for your email, emails will also be backed up to your free 5GB of storage. You can delete unnecessary emails with large attachments to quickly get rid of several gigabytes in iCloud. Open the Mail app. Swipe left over an email and tap the trash button.

4. How safe is iCloud email?

All traffic between your devices and iCloud Mail is encrypted with TLS 1.2. Consistent with standard industry practice, iCloud does not encrypt data stored on IMAP mail servers. All Apple email clients support optional S/MIME encryption.

5. Does iCloud save text messages?

According to What iCloud Backup Includes from Apple, iMessage, text ( SMS ), and MMS messages are included in the iCloud backup. So the messages on your iPhone, no matter they are text messages, SMS messages, MMS messages, iMessages, all of them are included in the iCloud backup.