If you chose to set up an iCloud email address when you created your iCloud account, then you can get that connected to the Mail application on the Macintosh, on iOS, or in Windows. Review the options to ensure that the Mail application you prefer is able to send and receive email through the iCloud email account.
- [Instructor] The first iCloud service that most new users access is the mail account. You may remember when I set up my Apple ID, I set it up to include a free iCloud email account rather than simply attaching it to an existing email address. So this means I have an iCloud email address, and I've been using that email address as my username when I sign in to iCloud. And that address is usually going to be your name at iCloud dot com. Now I want to look at some setting, so I'm going to go into System Preferences here on the Macintosh, and I'm going to go to the iCloud panel.
And in the list of iCloud services, I want to make sure that mail is enabled. It has a little check mark active next to it. If you did not set up an iCloud email address when you created your account, then you will not have this option and you will not be able to do the things that we'll see in this movie. Now there's one other thing I want to look at in system preferences. So I'm going to hit this button near the top of the window to go back to the main list of system preferences and I'm going to go, this time, to the internet accounts panel. Here, I can see all of the online accounts that I've set up on my computer.
I've got my iCloud account, and if I select that I can see pretty much the same setting that I saw over in the iCloud panel. But I've also set up a Google email address, so that's also listed here. Okay, so I have two email addresses attached to my computer. So, for now, I'm going to quit system preferences and I want to go in to the mail application. And this is built into Mac OS. I've got it here on my docs, so I can just click on that to launch it. And so, I can see a list of all of the email messages that I've received.
Now, you're interface here might look a little bit different from mine. I want to point out this button near the top left corner labeled mail boxes. When I click on that, I can open and close this panel on the left. So, let's start with that closed. And then I want to look at this button labeled inbox. It's got this little arrow, if I click on that it opens up and I can see a few options. So if you only have one email account on your computer, you will not see these options. But I have two email accounts, iCloud and Google. So most of the time I like to go to this first option.
I'll click on that and I'll open the menu again so we can see it. This is referred to as the combined inbox. So I'm going to see all of my messages in both of my accounts. Or, if I want to only see messages from my iCloud account, I can click on that and it changes the list and I only see messages in iCloud. Now because I just set up this account, I don't have any real messages from real people. But I do have a bunch of automated messages from Apple. You see, you're going to receive an email from Apple every time you sign in to your iCloud account on a new device or in the web browser on a new computer.
And this is a good way to let you know that somebody is signing in to your account. If you ever see a message here telling you that you signed in to your account but you did not actually sign in to your account, then that means that somebody probably has your password and they're using your account, and it's time to change your password. So those messages are pretty handy, but let's keep looking at the mail application Of course eventually you'll start receiving messages from real people. You can reply to those messages and send new messages and so on. Now, I'm going to open up that sidebar panel on the left again.
I'll click on this mailboxes button. And this is just another way of browsing through your accounts. So, I could go to the combined inbox here, or I could go straight to my iCloud account, or straight to my Google account. And I'm just going to go back to the combined inbox here as well. Now I want to look at some settings here inside of the mail application. So I'm going to go into the main mail menu and I'm going to go to preferences. And I want to go to this accounts tab. And here, I can see those same two email accounts that we saw when we were in system preferences.
So it's nice to see when I sign in to my iCloud account on my computer, it automatically sets that up in the mail application. Assuming, of course, I have that enabled in the iCloud preferences panel. This works basically the same on a Windows computer. But instead of linking your email account to the mail application here on the Macintosh, it will link your account to the Windows mail application, which comes with Windows, or if you've installed Outlook, it will set up your email account with Outlook. And this also works on an iPhone.
Here on my iPhone, if I go into settings and scroll to the section labeled iCloud and tap on that, I want to make sure that mail is enabled here. If that's enabled here, I can take a step back, I can go to the category here for mail and under accounts up at the top, you'll see that my iCloud account is automatically set up in the mail app on my phone. As well as my Gmail account, which I set up completely separately. So if I go back to the home screen and launch the mail app here on my phone, I see those same messages.
And if I hit the back button near the top left, I could look specifically at my iCloud account or I could look specifically at my Gmail, or I could look at the combined inbox if I prefer. And finally, of course, you can sign in to the iCloud website if you need to access your mail when you're not at your own computer. So I'm going to open up the web browser. I'm going to go to icloud.com, and I'll sign in to my account.
I'll type in my email address and password, press return, and here on the iCloud web page, I want to click on the mail icon. And, of course, I can see my messages here, I can send, receive and reply to messages. Now, of course, I'm not going to see my other email accounts here, like the Gmail account that we saw on my computer. I'm only going to see iCloud, because I'm signed in to the iCloud website. So if you're using the iCloud mail account you should be off and running.
To learn more about using the mail application itself in Mac OS, be sure to check out macOS Sierra Essential Training. And, of course to learn all about the mail app on an iPhone or iPad, check out iOS Essential Training.
- Creating an iCloud account
- Linking your Mac or Windows computer to iCloud
- Working with iCloud on iOS devices
- Managing storage space
- Syncing data
- Locating lost iPhones, iPads, and computers
- Working with iCloud Drive
- Setting up Family Sharing