iCloud – Set your way in the clouds
iCloud is the storage application provided by Apple for its iOS devices. It can be synced across all devices and managed freely. iCloud is but a free storage application that provides its users with storage and managing convenience. It is cloud storage and cloud computing device from Apple Inc. Anyone can use the iCloud for storage purposes with their Apple ID. It can be used even on Windows, Android and other platforms. One can set up and use the iCloud with minimal requirements; all that is required is a device with iOS (for example, an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod), Windows (for example, Windows 10, iCloud application for Windows, Google Chrome, Firefox, Outlook, etc) and/or an Apple TV device.
Let us discuss the various settings to configure the iCloud functions for our regular usage.
iCloud e-Mail Settings
This article is for Apple device users. Anyone who owns an Apple device has created an Apple ID. This ID can help you sync all your Apple devices together. Further, each Apple ID is assigned to an iCloud mail account. This is a free storage account that can back up or store up to 5 GB of your data. iCloud mail account can be accessed on all the Apple devices viz. iPhones, Mac computers, etc. This way, you can sync your data and access it with the same ID through all or any of your Apple devices.
With an up to date software and lively internet connection, you can take full advantage of this iCloud feature to maximize the benefits.
iCloud uses the new innovations, called IMAP and SMTP, to set up an incoming and outgoing mail setup respectively.
iCloud Mail IMAP Settings –
IMAP is an acronym for Internet Message Access Protocol. IMAP is a standard protocol on the internet used by mail applications to recover emails from mail servers over an internet connection. The following IMAP settings are required to set up an incoming mail server for iCloud mail account:
Server name: imap.mail.me.com
SSL required: Yes
Note: SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is a networking protocol which secures the connection between the server and the client.
Username: This may vary depending on the connection. It is usually your iCloud mail ID. For example, firstname.lastname@example.org. If your system does not accept the entire mail ID, try using just the name part, for example, ‘entername’.
Password: Follow the instructions for the characters required to be present in your password. It can be a combination of any letters or numbers of your choice.
That’s all, folks! Your IMAP settings for incoming emails are all set.
iCloud Mail SMTP Settings
SMTP is short for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. SMTP is a standard internet protocol for electronic mail communications. The following SMTP settings are required to be set up on your iCloud mail account to securely send any emails from your iCloud mail:
Server name: smtp.mail.me.com
SSL required: Yes
SMTP authentication required: Yes
Username: Your iCloud e-mail address (for example, email@example.com). In case that does not work, try with the name of the e-mail ID (for example, enter name).
Password: Use the application password that you created for setting up the IMAP access.
iCloud POP3 Settings
POP3 is an acronym for Post Office Protocol version 3. It is one of the most common and standard internet protocol used to receive e-mails from mail servers by a client. POP has come a long way and developed through several versions, POP3 being the latest. This technology of Post Office Protocol (POP) has been made obsolete by more advanced and new technology called IMAP or Internet Message Access Protocol. Most of the mail clients use the IMAP technology for their mail system. iCloud, for example, does not support the Post Office Protocol (POP3) technology.
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iCloud Outlook Setting
Microsoft Outlook is one the most preferred professional mail managing application. You can configure any of your mail clients (be it Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, etc) to Outlook and use it smoothly. Same way, you can configure your iCloud mail account to Outlook and start exchanging emails. All you need to do is set up a free iCloud mail account and follow the given steps to configure it with Outlook:
Open Microsoft Outlook application on your computer. Once it’s open, go to ‘File’ option at the top left corner and select ‘Add Account’.
When the Add Account dialogue opens, select ‘Manual setup or additional server types’.
From the given service, select ‘POP or IMAP service’. Now, enter the following details:
- Name: Enter your name
- Email Address: Enter your iCloud mail address that you wish to configure with Outlook
- Account Type: From the drop-down options, select IMAP
- Incoming mail server: imap.mail.me.com
- Outgoing mail server: smtp.mail.me.com
- Username: Enter a username of your choice
- Password: Enter a strong password
Check the option ‘Require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA)’ and click on ‘More Settings’.
In the settings wizard, enter a username in the General tab. In the next Outgoing Server tab, check the option ‘My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication’ and tick the ‘Use same settings as my incoming mail server’ option. In the last Advanced tab, enter the following details:
- Incoming Server (IMAP): 993; and choose SSL connection type
- Outgoing Server (SMTP): 587; and choose Auto connection type
Click on Ok and Finish the configuration process.
You will now be able to see your iCloud account in the left pane of Outlook home. Send a mail or two to confirm that the connection is functioning.
Through iCloud you can not only manage your e-mails but also backup your devices on the cloud, find your lost devices by logging into the cloud, identify and track music with iTunes Match on the cloud, automatically upload and save your pictures and files on the cloud, and many more. Now that you are aware, go ahead and enjoy this free service at your leisure!