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10.6: Setting up the free iCloud account in Mail System 10.6
This hint describes how to connect your free me.com iCloud account with Mail.app on Snow Leopard.

Open Mail and do the following:
  • Set a new account (+) (in prefs on Mail.app).
  • Set the new account to use IMAP (this is important).
  • Set the incoming mail server: imap.mail.me.com.
  • Set the outgoing mail server: p04-smtp.mail.me.com.
  • Set the user name: yourname@me.com.
  • Use the password associated with your AppleID.
  • Turn SSL on (port 993).
That should do it.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one, but it seems pretty straightforward. It sounds like you may have to try alternate server addresses. There is some more information to be found here, as well as this previous hint about setting up iCal in 10.6 for iCloud.]
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10.6: Setting up the free iCloud account in Mail
Authored by: llee on Dec 30, '11 09:12:57AM

I've also been able to use iCloud email in Entourage using settings suggested for Outlook 2011 at answers.microsoft.com. I tried to include a link in this reply, but it was apparently rejected as spam. I guess I'll find out if including "microsoft.com" in the body of a reply has the same results.



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Doesn't work for me.
Authored by: Spliff on Dec 30, '11 10:00:59AM

No luck for me.

Outgoing mail doesn't work. It tells me the iCloud SMTP server is offline. In fact, it's never worked for me under 10.6 and I've tried every possible SMTP server setting variation. Only incoming mail works.



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Doesn't work for me.
Authored by: vykor on Dec 30, '11 07:50:00PM

Have you tried changing the password once on your Apple ID? Early adopters of iCloud had passwords incompatible with the iCloud SMTP server. Changing the password once, then waiting about 10 minutes, and there is a chance the SMTP server will be functional for you.



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Doesn't work for me.
Authored by: leamanc on Dec 31, '11 12:44:54PM

What I have had to do when setting up iCloud accounts on older Mail.app or all other mail clients is to NOT use SSL, regular old port 25, with your iCloud email address as the username, and (obviously) your password as the password.

Try that and see if it works for you. Non-encrypted SMTP is not cool, but is probably something most people can live with.



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10.6: Setting up the free iCloud account in Mail
Authored by: marksch on Dec 30, '11 03:29:02PM

Works for me with Mac OS X 10.6.8. Thank you!

Mark

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10.6: Setting up the free iCloud account in Mail
Authored by: rkchang on Dec 31, '11 06:15:17AM

Still doesn't work for me (10.6.8). Neither incoming nor outgoing mail work. Oh well, I'm planning on upgrading my aging MacBook anyway with some Christmas money...

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Why not follow Apple's instructions?
Authored by: rodneyweston on Jan 01, '12 02:21:12AM

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4864

They seem to work!



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10.6: Setting up the free iCloud account in Mail
Authored by: mindsnare1349 on Jan 01, '12 04:58:21PM

What for p04-smtp.mail.me.com if smtp.mail.me.com works just fine?



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Mac.com or me.com
Authored by: susanrubendall on Jan 03, '12 11:44:48AM

Is my current mac.com address equivalent to a me.com address, or do I need to delete the mac.com account?



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10.6: Setting up the free iCloud account in Mail
Authored by: sfjberk on Jan 03, '12 01:52:23PM

Is OSX 10.6/7 needed for anything other than to install iCloud?
If I install it with the newer versions of OSX can I then use it with, say, 10.4.11?



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10.6: Setting up the free iCloud account in Mail
Authored by: Richpal on Jan 04, '12 03:52:52AM

Yes, iCloud has presented some problems.
My primary email, which is a .mac account isn't a problem at all.
The problem is with my long established business alias account, also a .mac account.
Clients are unable to send me mail on that account. It just bounces back.
To date, Apple are unable to figure out the problem.
In fact none of my email was working. It turned out that their engineers had established a new password to troubleshoot the issue on their end.
I hope they can fix this. I have thousands of dollars of advertising out there with my inaccessible business email on.
This is the biggest screw up I have ever encountered with Apple.
Once again to date, (it's been over two weeks) no resolve.



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10.6: Setting up the free iCloud account in Mail
Authored by: grueni on Jul 02, '12 03:41:34PM

A friend, running 10.6.8 was stuck with his old me.com account after upgrading it to iCloud.
He wasn't able to RECEIVE messages due to the wrong (and grey = un-editable) server for incoming mail... he could SEND mail alright, and of course do both through the iCloud.com webpage.
Creating a new account with the same address is refused by the Mail app.
So we backed all mail up (the "users/**hisname**/library/mail/" folder), and deleted the old me.com account. Then we set it up again (really only entering the Apple ID and the password). The new account had exactly the same settings as before, but it works again... go figure...

All the mailboxes he had created to store various messages came back as well !



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10.6: Setting up the free iCloud account in Mail
Authored by: Poolart on Aug 28, '12 06:04:15AM

Thank you for this tip! It works like a charm also for me!



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