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BGmail Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

HI

 

Just wondering the following.

 

I have an old mac.com 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 mac.com email address forwarded to my gmail account.  Is this possible and if so how?

 

Thanks and I look forward to your reply.

 

...Bruce


Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,235 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.

     

    Regards,

    Captfred

  • 2. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,940 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 iCloud.com 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.

  • 3. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    BGmail Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Glenn,

     

    Thanks for your answer.

     

    I currently use me.com address to sync to my icloud.  I am only syncing photo stream in icloud settings on iphone/ipad.

     

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

     

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

     

    With iCloud does having a mac.com account and me.com account not feasible based on my setup as described above?

     

    Thanks and I look forward to your reply.

  • 4. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,940 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 mac.com account.  My concern is I do not want to get it confused with the me.com address.  Given that is it possible to have a mac.com 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.

  • 5. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    BGmail Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Glenn Leblanc wrote:

     

    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 mac.com account.  My concern is I do not want to get it confused with the me.com address.  Given that is it possible to have a mac.com 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.

     

    Glenn I am sorry for the confusion.  The joys of email.

     

    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?

     

         Yes I want to forward the .mac address to my gmail account  The reason I have the .me address is because Apple forced this on me when I signed up for the icloud when it first came out.  They would not let me use another account. I would have prefered the .mac account but as I said I had no choice.

     

     

    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?

     

        I do not want either account on my iPhone or iPad for email.  I use my gmail account for my email.  I have gmail defined as an exchange account on the iPhone/iPad in order to push email to my devices.  I just want to have a .mac email address that people can send emails to.  My intention is to forward the .mac emails to my gmail.

     

    So I guess my problem boils down to how I can have the mac.com address (which is defined on Apple) forward any emails to my gmail account.

     

    I hope I am making this clearer for you to understand.  Maybe I am trying to do something that is not possible?  Maybe I am making this more complicated than it really i?.  The concept is simple.  Apple just makes it difficult to do it.

     

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

  • 6. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    OlympicEd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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."

  • 7. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,940 points)

    Yes you can continue to use the .mac address if you transfered the .me and .mac address to iCloud. Your mac.com 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.

  • 8. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    BGmail Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Thanks for your reply.  However I have been using gmail for years.  I would still like to continue to use it since I have my gmail address all over the web for various accounts I have. 

     

    Furthermore when I checked in the preferences on the icloud site, alias accounts must end in me.com.  So I am confused as to how I could set up alias as my mac.com address.

     

    Guess I will to try some things here and work by trial and error until I find a solution.  Or if I find a solution.  The way Apple has it set up they force you to use their tools which is why this is so confusing.  It would be nice if Apple let us merge ID's when they built iCloud.

     

    Thanks so much for your help.  If I come up with a solution I will add it to this thread for others to see.

  • 9. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    OlympicEd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Glenn, thank you so much.

  • 10. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,940 points)

    Maybe this will help:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4895#

     

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

  • 11. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,960 points)

    I think you are making an error in believing that your @mac.com address and your @me.com address are separate.  If you had an address someaddress@mac.com, and when Apple changed to MobileMe that became someaddress@me.com, 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 someaddress@mac.com, but not for someaddress@me.com, note that that is not possible as they are actually the same.  OTOH, if you have addresses someaddress@mac.com and someotheraddress@me.com, you can upgrade both to iCloud and set forwarding only on the @mac.com address.

  • 12. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,940 points)

    To your last 2 posts.

    If you migrated MME to iCloud, then all should work. Try sending yourself a message to the @mac.com 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.

  • 13. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    BGmail Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Every time I try to send email to the mac mail, the delivery fails.  it seems like the mac email is not connected to the me email.  Given that both email addresses are the same then there seems to be a disconnect.  why would this be and how can i confirm that might be the problem?

     

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  • 14. Re: How to use .mac email address after upgrade to iCloud.
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,960 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 Mac.com account to expire before signing up for MobileMe?  Is your MobileMe account exactly the same, just with @me.com instead of @mac.com?

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