Android iCloud eMail Setup

Most of the mobile device users have a preference for one of the most popular operating systems: iOS or Android, but it also happened many times that they jumped from one to another. The transition is not complicated, as most of the services are available to each of them, but there are aspects that can make the change complicated or confusing.

If you’re moving to an Android device from an iPhone or iPad, there’s every possibility you’re already set up and using an iCloud email address. Android devices require you to have a Google account and accompanying Gmail address, but you might want to keep using your iCloud account for email. And that’s just fine.

The good news is it is perfectly possible to get your iCloud email address up and running on your Android device. It’s pretty straight forward but does involve a little effort on your part. Head on past the break to see how. Besides the Gmail app on your Android phone or tablet, you should also have an app just called "Email". How it looks may vary from phone to phone – but the overall function should be the same since you need to set up your iCloud account using IMAP and SMTP.

iCloud Email

However it looks, the key information remains the same. Here’s a quick checklist of what you need to do for incoming mail:

  • When asked for the IMAP server enter imap.mail.me.com.
  • Username is the name part of your @icloud.com address.
  • Password should be the same as your Apple ID password.
  • Certificates should be set to SSL, or SSL (accept all certificates) if you’re having issues connecting.
  • The port number needs to be 993.
Android iCloud eMail

After you’ve entered all the above information, hit next and you’ll be taken to the setup page for the SMTP section for outgoing mail. Again, the key information is the same however your Email app looks, and here’s the checklist:

  • When asked for the SMTP server enter smtp.mail.me.com.
  • Username and password should be entered as above.
  • Set certificates to either SSL or TLS (again you may need to hit the option to accept all certificates). Personally, I had to use the TLS option.
  • The port number needs to be 587.
  • If asked about SMTP authentication being required, hit yes.
Set Up iCloud eMail on Android

This is it! You just finished setting up your iCloud email account on your Android smartphone or tablet. You should be able to run your iCloud email account on Android with no problems, and have full access to your iCloud storage. It is important to keep in mind, in case you have any problems with the certificates, to switch between them, because all of them are accepted. Pay attention when you set up both the IMAP and the SMTP server.

Hopefully, the details above should be enough to get you up and running. It’s a little fiddly to get set up – especially if you’ve come from the iPhone which does it all for you – but it works, and it gets your existing email on to your new Android device. Of course, there may be other apps out there that do this for you, or you might know of some tips and tricks to make things run a little smoother.