What to Know
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch: Tap Settings > your name > iCloud, toggle Mail to the On position, and follow the prompts.
- Mac 10.15 and later: Select Apple menu > System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud > Mail and follow the prompts.
- Mac 10.14 and earlier: Select Apple menu > System Preferences > Mail, and then follow the prompts.
This article describes how to set up a free iCloud email account on any Apple device. This allows you to sign in to an Apple account with your Apple ID and gives you access to iTunes, Apple Podcasts, the Apple App Store, iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime.
If you have an Apple ID that ends with @mac.com or @me.com, you don't need to set up a separate @icloud.com address. For example, if you have email@example.com, you also have firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you aren’t sure if you have an Apple ID, don’t create a new one. To check, visit the Apple ID account page and select Forgot Apple ID or password.
On Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
Here's how to create a new iCloud email account on your mobile Apple device:
Go to Settings.
Tap your name.
Toggle Mail to the On position, and follow the prompts.
On Your Mac Computer
Here's how to create a new iCloud email account on your Mac computer:
Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences.
On macOS 10.15 or later, click Apple ID > iCloud > Mail, and then follow the instructions.
In macOS 10.14 or earlier, click iCloud > Mail, and then follow the prompts.
If no instructions appear after you toggle iCloud Mail to the On position on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac, you already have an iCloud Mail email address.
After you set up your @icloud.com email address, you can use it to sign in to iCloud. You can still use your original email address to access your Apple ID.
- How many iCloud email addresses can I have?
In addition to your main iCloud email address, you can create up to three email aliases. Think of these as nicknames for your main iCloud address.
- How do I delete an iCloud email alias?
Go to Mail in icloud.com and then to Preferences > Accounts. Select the alias and click Delete alias > Delete.