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How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.

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BGmail Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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Mar 5, 2012 4:37 PM



Just wondering the following.


I have an old email address..  Can I still use it in any capacity?  What I am thinking is to be able to have an email sent to my email address forwarded to my gmail account.  Is this possible and if so how?


Thanks and I look forward to your reply.



Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)

    The .mac address will still be active as an alias for your .me address.   Sending mail to .mac will be received in your .me account.




  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,925 points)

    If you are signed into iCloud through System Preferences and have mail enabled, your iCloud account will appear in your inbox (for your .me and .mac mail).


    If you wish to forward your iCloud mail to gmail, you can do that at the website. Click on Mail, and open up the mail preferences, select the gereral tab, and provide your forward mail address. But, this will forward all iCloud mail (.me and .mac) to gmail.

    Why not just leave it enabled as an iCloud account under Mail.

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,925 points)

    I'm not exactly sure what you're trying to do. Do you want the .mac address forwarded to gmail and not the .me address?


    If you use iCloud in Mail, all iCloud mail will include the main address and all aliases. They show in the same account, but with the different addresses.

    If you use the main forwarding address in the general preferences of Mail at the iCloud site, then all messages to all iCloud addresses will forward to gmail.

    If you only want to forward one of the addresses, go to the rules tab and create a rule to forward the .mac address to gmail.


    You said: I am using gmail on my iphone/ipad so I do not need to sync my mail.

         Do you not want the .mac or .me account on your phone and iPad?


    You said: What I am trying to achieve here is just to have a account.  My concern is I do not want to get it confused with the address.  Given that is it possible to have a email account that will work?

    Where are you using the .me account and what for? How do you want to separate them so you don't get confused? If you only want a .mac account, what happened to gmail?


    I'm sorry. It appears there is a minor translation barrier. I am not understanding what you need to accomplish and I'm getting confused.


    Maybe you could explain as simple as possible all what you want to show in Mail on the computer, iPhone, and iPad and what you want to sync together.

  • OlympicEd Calculating status...

    Glenn, I just upgraded to Lion and iCloud. Can I still use my .mac address going forward? I do not want to use ".me" as my email address. In other words, I would like to continue telling people my email address using ".mac."

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,925 points)

    Yes you can continue to use the .mac address if you transfered the .me and .mac address to iCloud. Your address should be listed as an alias to your .me account. You can verify that by going to the iCloud website. Open mail preferences and look at the Accounts tab to verify the .mac address as an alias.

    You can continue to use the .mac address and just not give out the .me address. Either addresses will appear in the iCloud account.


    If you enable Mail in iCloud preferences, the iCloud account will automatically appear in Mail as a subaccount like gmail and any other account. Since the .mac address is an alias to the .me account, messages for it will appear in the iCloud account just as the .me messages will. You said you don't sync to the iPhone or iPad, but if you enable the iCloud options on those devices, the iCloud account will also appear there and will sync with all devices.


    I just didn't see the need to make things complicated by forwarding the address to gmail. All accounts can appear in Mail at once and there is no need to combined different addresses and providers into one account.


    I'm sure you did make the transition, but if you haven't, open up the mobile me icon in system preferences and follow the instructions to transfer the me or mac accounts to iCloud.

  • OlympicEd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Glenn, thank you so much.

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,925 points)

    Maybe this will help:


    Trying to find the other article on the, but haven't found it as of yet.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,945 points)

    I think you are making an error in believing that your address and your address are separate.  If you had an address, and when Apple changed to MobileMe that became, note that those two addresses are two different names for the same account.


    If what you want is to forward all mail to either of these addresses to your GMail account, log in to iCloud, click the Mail icon, click the gear icon in the top right corner and choose Preferences.  You'll see a forwarding option there.


    If you want to forward mail only for, but not for, note that that is not possible as they are actually the same.  OTOH, if you have addresses and, you can upgrade both to iCloud and set forwarding only on the address.

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,925 points)

    To your last 2 posts.

    If you migrated MME to iCloud, then all should work. Try sending yourself a message to the address to verify it's working.

    If you plan to use the .me address for something else and you specifically want the .mac address only forwarded, create a rule at the website to forward only the .mac address to gamil as I explained eariler.

    Or, just use the forward address under the General tab. All your .me or .mac address will forward to gmail. You don't have to give out or use the .me address.


    Thomas explained it very well. Hope you understand it.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,945 points)

    It's really not a good idea to post your e-mail address here...  spambots routinely patrol sites like this, harvesting e-mail addresses to send spam to.  I have asked the hosts to remove it, hopefully that will happen before a 'bot has found it.


    Did you allow your account to expire before signing up for MobileMe?  Is your MobileMe account exactly the same, just with instead of

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