Previous 1 2 3 Next 116 Replies Latest reply: Oct 11, 2015 7:56 AM by Roger Wilmut1
Andreas Yankopolus Level 2 (415 points)

I've had my own domain and email address for over a decade, and it's lasted me through a number of providers. Is there any reasonable way to use it with iCloud? It seems like iCloud is tied to a new .me email address, and it's not like I'm going to change my everyday email address to use it.



  • yawho Level 1 (0 points)

    same problem ... i think actually there's no way to keep own adress for outgoing mails. at least if incoming and outgoing mail should use the same mailbox.

    the only way seems to set up another account for sending mails via your own imap-server and forwarding incoming mails to your icloud-account.

    or you consider to use gmail. google allows sending over own adresses ......



  • Julian Wright Level 7 (34,860 points)
    Is there any reasonable way to use it with iCloud?


    For what purpose? iCloud does nothing for external email accounts. It just provides you with a new IMAP & Push capable email account with an domain (if you want one).

  • Andreas Yankopolus Level 2 (415 points)
    For what purpose?

    Cloud backup and sync of my existing email account.



  • Topmounter Level 1 (30 points)

    I do this with Gmail and it works really well.

  • h.mook Level 1 (0 points)

    Please tell us how did you manage this throug Gmail. I did the same when I had my MobileMe account but can't find the options in iCloud!


  • Sebastian Wolter Level 1 (0 points)

    I think Topmounter ment he use Gmail only, no iCloud at all.

    There is no way to use iCloud with your own email domain. Apple don't want the professional users. Only private users are welcome, I guess.


    See: link

  • Jaam91 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was my own domin with mobileme, it sent and recieved from and external domain.  Snce moving to iclould it continues to recieve mail from external server but will not send with that address, only the address.

  • edbern2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sebastian Wolter wrote:



    There is no way to use iCloud with your own email domain....




    Actually not so - there IS a way to use iCloud email with your own email domain.  You do it by using's SMTP servers to send outbound mail via Mobile Me (and now iCloud) using your choice of domain name.  I've been doing it before and since the migration to iCloud and it works perfectly.


    Basically, you pay a onetime (lifetime) fee to Fastmail to let you set up an account. They give you a special SMTP server that lets you use your choice of email address when sending, and then changes it to another.   So now I use forwarding to send my inbound to (using forwarding from my work domain) -- that part's easy for anyone to do --  then I reply from my address but have my settings so that outbound mail uses Fastmail's SMTP server instead of Apple's.   Since I'm registered with fastmail, the fastmail server sees the traffic and says basically: "If an email from ed**** asks to be sent, then send it as"


    Sounds complicated but it isn't. A better and more through explanation is here:

  • Sebastian Wolter Level 1 (0 points)

    Please not that we are talking about iCloud, not MobileMe. Your way worked in MobileMe but no longer with iCloud.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 (34,860 points)

    iCloud doesn't do that. It's not a backup/sync service for external email accounts, and technically cannot be. Your existing email provider should provide that functionality for its own accounts.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 (34,860 points)

    That's correct. Using a "Send From" address to send from a non or email address is not a feature of iCloud.


  • edbern2 Level 1 (0 points)

    Julian Wright wrote:


    That's correct. Using a "Send From" address to send from a non or email address is not a feature of iCloud.



    My apologies -- but the weird thing is it DID work a few times.  But I think I see  why:


    The configutraton for all this used to be to turn off the SMTP server for Mobile Me in advanced settings, and instead add, and then choose, the fastmail server for outbound.   And the fastmail server is still in the list, but now you can't turn off iCloud as the primary SMTP.   The iCloud SMTP switch is there, but it is slightly greyed out, and can't be moved.


    So my lucky successes must have worked when iCloud wouldn't send (which was happening a lot at first, when Apple servers were still funky, I suppose), so it went to the fastmail server as the next available.


    Does that make sense?

  • JamesR202 Level 1 (10 points)



    I have found away that I think may help you.


    Background as to why I use it. I have a address and Gmail but my contacts only know my Gmail account but I wanted to use cloud email so it would sync properly across all my devices, MBP, iPad and iPhone and also have the push email that the previous Mobile Me had and iCloud has now


    So what I have done on my MBP is this. I use Mail.


    You need to go into system preferences and select here turn off Mail and Notes.


    Now open Mail and select preferences. Then select accounts. Delete all accounts there.

    Now set up a new account by pressing the + button. After that enter the details as if you were setting up to use your account and press CREATE.


    You now go to a page where you can edit all your mail settings manually. In the first section of the page you have:


    Account Type - This should say -  iCloud IMAP

    Description - This can be described by you to be anything

    Email Address - This is the email address you want people recieving the email to see

    Full Name - As it says put your name


    Incoming Mail Server - If you want the mails to come from iCloud then use:

    User Name: The user name of the icloud

    Password: the password of icloud


    **Note** In this section you are putting in where you want the mails to come from. In this case I wanted the mails to come from iCloud so I forwarded all my mails from my Gmail account to my address, and then got iCloud to deliver them.


    Outgoing Mail Server: Now this is the interesting part. I have changed this to the GMAIL server on my Gmail account. I have done this as I want my mails saved also at my Gmail account so by routing them through Gmail this happens as well as recording the sent mails at iCloud.




    On iPhone and iPad you just add iCloud and then turn off mail again. Now you set up a mail account using the other option.

    1. IMAP Account Information - In here i put the information that i want my contacts to see

    2. Incoming Mail Server - I put the iCloud information

    3. Outgoing Mail Server - I put the Gmail server



    So in short now, i get complete syncing of my mails across my 3 iDevices and have the extra back up of iCloud, but my clients do not see my (iCloud) email address, they see my Gmail address that I have been using for many years so there is no confusion for them.


    I really hope you get all of that, this is the first time I have helped on here so am very much a newbie but it seems to be working for me.




    MBP - 2009

    iPhone 4 - 2010

    iPad 2 - 2011

  • Rob RS125R Level 1 (0 points)



    Outstanding!  This approach works perfectly.  I was tracking toward this solution but you nailed down the details.


    I didn't see that you must turn off mail on the iPad otherwise to avoid having two (duplicate) accounts, although you will have a choice in this case of sending from either (1) your personal domain or (2) your domain.  Some people might like that option.


    Thanks again.




    iPad - 2011

    MBA - 2010

    MBP - 2009

    iMac - Late 2006

    G4 Cube - 2000

Previous 1 2 3 Next