Set up a new iCloud account for someone and I am not seeing the option to set up an @icloud.com address and use the free email service. Does anyone know if this is still possible and how to go about doing this?

  • Does this help? – Tyson Sep 23 '15 at 18:23
  • "If you set up iCloud using an Apple ID that doesn’t end with icloud.com, me.com, or mac.com, you must set up an icloud.com email address before you can use iCloud Mail." It doesn't explain how to do it. – Jason Sep 23 '15 at 18:25
  • I can't do it, which is why I asked if the link helped, but do what the next line after that says... Go to Settings > iCloud and turn the mail switch on, I think that's the point you get to create it – Tyson Sep 23 '15 at 18:29
  • I see what you mean now, I will try this later and update this thread. I do not remember having to set up mail on the physical device previously. – Jason Sep 23 '15 at 20:07
  • Go to iCloud.com, and click "Create Your Now". – user14492 Sep 23 '15 at 20:09

The steps seem strange, but first you must create your appleid using a non Apple address (note that if you already have an @icloud, @mac, or @me email address that email address is already an Apple ID)

Once your Apple ID has been created, on the device go to Settings > iCloud and flip the mail switch on, you will be prompted there to create your @icloud.com email address.

Alternatively, you can go to setting and go to mail. From there, add account and choose iCloud. If you choose "create Apple ID" at this screen, for whatever reason, it will allow you to create an "@icloud.com" email.

source Apple kb


Using a Mac:

System Preferences -> Internet Accounts -> (Maybe you need to click the +) -> Select iCloud on the right -> Create Apple ID -> Follow the steps

Also note that after entering your birthday, you should select "Get a free iCloud email address".


iCloud accounts are different for different devices. If you are using iPhone, iPad or even an iPod Touch you can use iCloud. iCloud is Apple’s own icloud service which allows you to save all the data which is present on your iPhone on the online cloud. In order to use iCloud service, you will have to create icloud email address (@icloud.com).

Creating a Free iCloud Email Address (@icloud.com) is really a very simple task and it doesn't take much time. Here's how to create @icloud.com email address on an iPhone or iPad device:

  • From the Home screen of your device, select Settings option and tap on the iCloud button.
  • If you are already logged in with any iCloud account then log out.
  • After logged out, select Create a new Apple ID option.
  • Now, enter your Birthday, First Name and Last Name.
  • Then you get a option to add email id where below it shows no mail id create one then only you can get a new free icloud id.
  • Select Get a free icloud email address to set up an @icloud email address.
  • Now, enter the username which you want to use in your iCloud account.
  • To set up an @icloud email address confirm the process by selecting Create button.
  • Enter a Password and confirm too.
  • Now to secure your iCloud account, select three Security Questions and enter the answers.
  • Finally agree to the Terms and Conditions. That’s it!
  • You have just created a free icloud email address. Now enjoy!!

Thus, you can see how simple is to create a free iCloud email address (@icloud.com).

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