Apple Mail in iOS 16 may allow purchasing your own custom email domain
One of the features that arrived with iOS 15 in 2021 was custom email domains. This allows iCloud+ subscribers to add their own personal or work domain names to iCloud Mail. Then iCloud manages incoming and outgoing emails for them. With iOS 16, Apple seems to be extending this offer. There is now an option to buy a custom email domain in iCloud settings.
Running emails for YourDomain.com via iCloud
This new feature in iOS 15 may not have gotten as much attention as it deserves, although we did offer in-depth coverage of it when it launched. It basically takes a process that required at least minimal technical knowledge and makes it easy for everyone. By following a few simple instructions, you can register your own custom domain name, then Apple’s iCloud servers will handle all incoming and outgoing email for you.
The trick here, however, is that you still need to purchase that domain name and set it to point to Apple’s iCloud servers. While Apple has done a great job of explaining how to do this with the most popular domain management systems, it’s impossible to cover them all. There are simply too many, and each has its own idiosyncrasies for the setup.
Find and purchase your custom email domain in Settings
In the first iOS 16 beta, Apple added a user interface in Settings to manage your custom email domain purchase. It has partnered with Cloudflare and handles all aspects of domain registration in the Settings app.
Although I haven’t walked through the entire process from start to finish yet, the prompts indicate that once you’ve finished purchasing your custom email domain, iOS 16 will set everything up for you. This should definitely make it easier for people to take advantage of the feature.
It’s important to note that this is in the very first beta of iOS 16. It’s possible that this feature will be retired when iOS 16 is released to the public in the fall of 2022.
Using custom email domains is a benefit of being an iCloud+ subscriber. The entry point for this is pretty low, since even the cheapest ($0.99 per month) iCloud storage upgrade is eligible.