iCloud Email Settings: POP3, IMAP, and SMTP Servers

iCloud is a service that allows you to integrate all of your devices — you can share data between an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and a computer. The iCloud email settings automatically update the information on each device, ensuring that the most up-to-date data gets provided on all devices.

iCloud SMTP Settings

The email client will not send messages on your behalf via your iCloud Mail account without the SMTP email settings. As a result, it is critical to understand the following iCloud SMTP settings:

Option Description
SMTP Host: smtp.mail.me.com
SMTP Port: 587 SSL. If you see an error message when using SSL, try using TLS or STARTTLS instead.
SMTP Username: Your full email address (name@domain.com)
SMTP Password: App-specific password

iCloud Server Settings For Receiving Email

💡 Note: In comparison to other mail providers, iCloud does not support POP configurations. Rather than that, users can utilize IMAP settings to manually configure an email program's inbound server for usage with their iCloud account, allowing Mail to download messages.

iCloud IMAP Settings

Option Description
IMAP Host: imap.mail.me.com
IMAP Port: 993
Requires SSL: Yes
IMAP Username: The name part of your iCloud email address or your full mail address
IMAP Password: App-specific password

Additional Information to Remember

Aside from the mentioned above settings, here are other important points to remember:


The username is typically the first part of your email address, for example, peterparker, rather than peterparker@icloud.com. If your email client cannot connect to iCloud while using only the name portion of your address, try using the full address as a test.


When it comes to Passwords, the first step is to generate an application-specific password. App-specific passwords are Apple ID passwords that enable you to log in to your account and securely access the information stored in iCloud via a third-party app.

You should not configure your email app manually to send and receive messages using an iCloud email account if you fulfill the system requirements and can utilize one of the following setting methods:

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Troubleshooting Tips

Here are a few pointers for resolving technical issues that may arise while utilizing the earlier email settings.

It is also crucial to remember that, as of 2017, you must enable two-step authentication for your iCloud account and set an application-specific password to use IMAP with your computer. If you have forgotten your mail password, you can try to retrieve or reset it all together.

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