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I signed up with iCloud and I see that there is an email account associated with my account. I don't have any interest in using email with iCloud - I use gmail for email. Is there a way to remove email from my iCloud account all together?

Perhaps I am being paranoid, but I am afraid there might be security risks from having another email account around that might be used for Apple account change notifications. Since I never check that account I wouldn't know if something seemed wrong.

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

It seem to be impossible to get rid of this account.

What I've done is:

  • connect to my iCloud account (with my AppleID, the same for the AppStore and other)
  • go to mail
  • in Preferences (top right) choose rules…
  • add a rule to redirect all e-mails received at my adress to my main e-mail.

It can take several minutes to work, but I don't loose anything like that.

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That sounds like a good suggestion. I will also forward me email from there. Thanks! – busyspin Aug 7 '12 at 15:16

go to Settings, mail, then Icloud, and turn off Mail

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Perhaps this answer would be more helpful (and, in turn, get a slightly better vote count) if you explained exactly what effect this has and how it fixes busyspin's problem. In general, answers are better if you explain why they work. – user24601 Dec 22 '14 at 3:39

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