How to create an iCloud email account linked to a registered Apple ID

You can create an iCloud email using the Mail app on your Mac computer or Apple mobile device.wundervisuals/Getty Images
  • You can create an iCloud email account while setting up an Apple ID or after you've already registered one.
  • Apple allows you to set up an iCloud email address on a Mac computer, iPhone, or iPad.

With so many email clients out there, it's hard to figure out which is best for you. If you're committed to the Apple brand and aren't into companies who sell your data to third parties or advertisers, an iCloud email address may be just for you.

This free account is connected to your Apple ID and is included within the 5 GB of free data you're allotted. Your iCloud email is designed for personal use, with all the same capabilities as other email clients. Sending limits to safeguard your account from spamming while you're granted access to the account using the Apple Mail app or visiting the iCloud website.

In the same way that your various Apple devices are linked through your Apple ID, your iCloud email address comes one part of the Apple software suite, including the Apple App Store, iMessage, FaceTime, iTunes, and Apple Podcasts. You can also attach payment and shipping information to your iCloud email address so that you can get updates on product purchases, including apps, music, movies, books, and Apple devices.Advertisement

But merely having an Apple ID doesn't mean you have an iCloud email address. You'll need to create it, whether after or during the process of setting up a new Apple ID. If you're setting up your Apple ID and want to create an iCloud email then, all you need to do is make sure the email you register with ends in "@icloud.com," and it will create that account for you alongside your Apple ID.

Here's how to create an iCloud email with an existing Apple ID.

How to create an iCloud email on a Mac with an existing Apple ID

1. Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your Mac's home screen.
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2. Select "System Preferences."

Click "System Preferences" from the dropdown.Devon Delfino/Business Insider
3. Choose "Internet Accounts."
This menu is how you link various accounts directly to your Mac to use apps, mail, and more.Devon Delfino/Business Insider
4. Select "iCloud" in the left sidebar. Advertisement

You can also add email accounts for Gmail and Yahoo or view the accounts you've already linked.Devon Delfino/Business Insider

5. If prompted, enter your Apple ID and password.

6. Select the box next to "Email."

You can also choose whether to link your photos, calendar, and more to your Mac.Devon Delfino/Business Insider
7. Enter your desired iCloud email address.Advertisement

If the address is unavailable a message will appear in red telling you the name is already taken.Devon Delfino/Business Insider

8. Click "OK."

9. Select "Create."

Once you hit "Create," you'll have access to an iCloud email account.Devon Delfino/Business Insider
10. If you don't already have an Apple ID, go through the process of setting one up through the App Store's sign-in option. Advertisement

How to create an iCloud email on you iPhone with an existing Apple ID

1. Open your Settings app.

2. Tap on your name.

Tap your name at the top of the Settings app screen.Devon Delfino/Business Insider
3. Select "iCloud."Advertisement

You'll find this below the section with your person Apple ID information.Devon Delfino/Business Insider

4. Toggle on the "Mail" option to prompt a pop-up message.

When the mail option is on, the toggle will go green.Devon Delfino/Business Insider
5. Select "Create" in the pop-up window. 6. Enter your desired name before "@icloud.com." Advertisement

Setting up an iCloud email on your phone is similar to doing it on your Mac.Devon Delfino/Business Insider

7. Tap "Next."

8. Confirm your choice.

9. Tap "Done." Advertisement

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