How to set up custom email domains in iCloud
One of the lesser-known services that Apple recently launched is actually the ability to use custom domain names for iCloud Mail. For those unfamiliar with it, iCloud Mail is basically Apple’s email service and platform, similar to Gmail, Yahoo, etc. from Google.
Like most free email services, Apple provides users with their own address, but it ends with @ icloud.com. In many ways, that’s not a bad thing as it saves users the trouble of paying for and setting up their own domain. However, the downside is that like millions of other users, your email will be somewhat generic.
If you plan to use email for business or business reasons, using a free email account might not necessarily look very professional. So there is a reason why some people choose to have a custom domain. The good news is that iCloud Mail now supports custom domains, so here is what you need to do to configure it.
First of all
Before you can set up a custom domain for iCloud Mail, you must first know and have done several things:
- Have an iCloud + subscription (this is basically a paid iCloud storage plan)
- You must already have an iCloud primary email address (how to create an iCloud primary email address)
- You must have registered the domain beforehand
- Your custom domain should already be able to receive emails (this is required for verification)
- The device on which you send or receive emails using the custom domain must be iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and / or macOS 12 Monterey or later
Setting up a custom domain for iCloud Mail
- Go to icloud.com/parameters
- Under Custom email domain, click “Manage
- Choose whether or not this area is right for you or for your family
- Enter the domain name you want to use and click “Continue”
- Unless you plan to add more than one custom domain, click “Add an email address”
- Confirm that the email address is correct
- You will then receive a verification email to the address you provided
- Open the email and click on the “Verify” button
- Log in to your domain registrar’s website
- Go to settings where you can update your MX records
- Apple recommends that you delete your existing MX records and populate them with information on this support page
- Once all the information has been changed and saved, go back to iCloud settings and click “Finish setup”
- Confirm that your DNS records have been updated
- If you come across a DKIM error message, don’t worry, it’s because the DNS records may take a while to propagate through the system, so it may take a few minutes or a whole day, so keep going. to try
- Once done, you will need to specify a default outgoing email address (basically the email address that people will see when they receive emails from you)
- You should also receive a confirmation email from iCloud to let you know that the setup was successful, along with notification prompts on your paired devices asking if you want to associate the new custom domain with iMessage and FaceTime.
Keep in mind that at the time of writing this is a relatively new feature, as iOS and iPadOS 15 came out not so long ago, and macOS 12 Monterey didn’t. not yet published. We suggest that you do not use this service as your daily driver until you are sure that you can send and receive emails without a hitch.
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