How to Connect Outlook to ICloud

You can check your iCloud email on your computer.
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The iCloud cloud service was developed by Apple for its iOS and Mac OS X devices and allows users to manage and sync their email, apps, contacts, calendars and music on iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs. In Microsoft Windows, you can access your iCloud email using Outlook. To connect Outlook to your iCloud account, you must use the correct incoming and outgoing server settings. If you type a wrong port number or choose a wrong encryption method, Outlook can't connect to iCloud.

Launch Outlook, click "File" and then click the "Add Account" button to display the Add New Account dialog.

Click the "Manually configure server settings or additional server types" radio button and then click "Next."

Click the "Internet E-mail" radio button and then click "Next."

Type your name into the Your Name field and your iCloud email address into the E-mail Address field.

Choose "IMAP" from the Account Type drop-down box and type "" (without the quotation marks here and throughout) into the "Incoming mail server" field.

Type "" into the "Outgoing mail server (SMTP)" field. Type your iCloud email address into the User Name field and the iCloud password into the Password field.

Click the "More Settings" button to configure the security settings and ports. The Internet E-mail Settings window displays.

Click the "Advanced" tab and then type "993" into the "Incoming server (IMAP)" field. Choose "SSL" from the "Use the following type of encrypted connection" drop-down box, in the Incoming Server (IMAP) section.

Type "587" into the "Outgoing server (SMTP)" field and choose "SSL" from the "Use the following type of encrypted connection" drop-down box, in the Outgoing Server (SMTP) section.

Click the "Outgoing Server" tab and then check the "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication" box. The "Use same settings as my incoming mail server" option must be selected. Click "OK" to close the Internet E-mail Settings window.

Click "Next" to test the settings and then click "Finish" to close the Add New Account window. Outlook displays your emails almost instantly.

  • Information in this article applies to Microsoft Outlook 2013. Procedures may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
  • You can create an iCloud account only from an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac. The device must be running at least iOS 5 or Mac OS X Lion.
  • If the SSL protocol causes errors, choose TLS from the "Use the following type of encrypted connection" drop-down box.
  • ICloud uses the IMAP protocol, so emails are not downloaded from the servers and are not stored locally on your hard drive. Emails are downloaded only when you open them.

Nick Peers has been writing technology-related articles since 2003. His articles have appeared in dozens of technical publications, including MSN UK, CNET, BBC Who Do You Think You Are, LifeHacker UK and TechRadar. He holds a Masters in information technology degree from the University of East London.