Email Settings for iCloud, .Me or .Mac

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When your Apple ID is protected with two-step verification, you'll need to use an app-specific password to sign in to your email account.

Step 1: Turn On Two Factor Authentication

  1. Navigate to the Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud.
  2. Sign in if necessary, then click Account Details.
  3. Click Security.
  4. Click Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.

Step 2: Generate an App-Specific Password for Postbox

  1. Sign in to your Apple ID account page.
  2. Under the App-Specific Passwords section, click Generate Password.

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  3. Enter a label, such as "Postbox".
  4. Copy the password that is provided. You'll need it later!

Step 3: Use the New Password within Postbox

  1. In Postbox, go to Preferences > Security > Passwords > Saved Passwords.
  2. Select the incoming and outgoing servers for your iCloud account, then click the Remove button.
  3. Restart Postbox.
  4. Enter your new Apple App-Specific Passwords when prompted, for both incoming and outgoing servers
    NOTE: You'll need to send a message from the account to trigger the password prompt for the outgoing server.

For more information, please see Using App-Specific Passwords, or visit Apple Support.

Incoming Settings:

  • Account Type: IMAP
  • Server Name: imap.mail.me.com
  • Port: 993
  • User Name: (for example, emilyparker, not emilyparker@icloud.com)
  • Connection Security: SSL/TLS (if you see an error message when using SSL/TLS, try using STARTTLS instead)
  • Authentication: Password

Outgoing Server Settings:

  • Server Name: smtp.mail.me.com
  • Port: 587
  • Connection Security: SSL/TLS (if you see an error message when using SSL/TLS, try using STARTTLS instead)
  • Authentication: Password

If you cannot connect, please be sure to check Apple's System Status.

 

Notes:

Please note that you cannot set up iCloud aliases as if they are email accounts. You must set up your master iCloud account, then set up aliases within that account. 

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