Confused with iCloud

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macness, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. macness macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2011
    Ok so i have an issue with this whole iCloud/ mobile me thing and really need some help.


    so i have my apple id: password: apple

    and now i would like to use mail on iCloud which requires me to make an "" account. ( soon to be @ i cloud .com)

    so on my iPhone i go to settings- iCloud- create @me account

    it only asks you to create a username, no password required, so i assume it uses your apple id password.

    so i create :

    ( the whole reason i created an @me ,"only to have to switch it to iCloud", was to secure the user name of my choice, being my name is very common and i prefer not to add the 85 at the end just as i did in my gmail account which i use for my apple id)

    So then i went to me.come /move and switched to iCloud

    but now when i log into iCloud i can use either or to log in..

    I'm so confused??? So now i can log in with both? and my password has to be the same as my apple id?? And why hasn't it changed to yet???

    wt# is going on??:confused::confused::confused:
  2. r98266 macrumors member

    May 18, 2012
    Go to: and click "Manage Your Account"

    this will take you to a log-in page, sign in and it will show you your Primary Apple ID and ALL eMail addresses related to it.
  3. macness thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2011
  4. r98266 macrumors member

    May 18, 2012
    I got an @me account when iCloud first came out and I just signed in at and saw the @me account and the exact same username @icloud.

    Looks like they're making the change from @me to @icloud automatically.


    Just to be clear, I've never had MobileMe. I got the @me account when I enabled Mail in iCloud Settings on my iPhone.
  5. macness thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2011
    There is only one more thing bothering me.
    I wanna use my @me email as my new main email adress ( for work and school) So if im understanding this right then that means my @me password will always be the same as my apple id password. Correct? Also, when it Changes to @, does that mean that people can email me at or and it will just end up in the same mailbox?
  6. macness thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2011
    So let me get this straight..
    in order to get an @me or @icloud mail address you first have to create an apple id, but but buuuuutt in order to create an apple id you have to use an email address thats neither of the two. example: GMAIL.
    and then once you've created an apple id using GMAIL uthen have to make an @me or @icloud account to use mail??? Why wouldn't apple just allow you to use one of their domain names as an apple id instead of forcing us to use one one of their competitors?? (GMAIL)

    makes nooooo sense whatsoever :confused:
  7. r98266 macrumors member

    May 18, 2012
    It's a really weird system.. not sure why they do what they do either.
  8. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That is correct.
  9. archurban macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    yeah, people want all email account, which is used under the same email system, is combined with each other. but if email address name is different, you can't. unfortunately, you have to keep that way. I tried it before.
  10. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    No. You are given the opportunity to create a new AppleID without an external email account when you first set up an iOS device or a new Mac:



    I'm guessing that you, like me, had an AppleID before iOS 5 and OSX Lion were released. That's why one of your login options is to use the gmail address that you originally signed up with. If you were starting from scratch today you would never need to use your gmail address to create an AppleID.

    Now that you have created an iCloud email address (with an extension, soon will be added), you can log in using either your old gmail address or your new address. To Apple they are the same account.

    When addresses are added, it will just become one more alias to your existing account. Email will go into the same inbox as your address and you will be able to log in using your gmail,, or email address. To Apple they will all refer to the same AppleID/iCloud account.

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