For those with legacy dot mac accounts you'll loose you .Mac email

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by nine, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. nine macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2002
    While setting up my iPhone 4s I was setting up the icloud email.
    I had an inactive dotmac account that was also my apple ID.

    I was looking forward to using the .Mac email address again.
    There is a setting that asks if you want a .me alias or something. Please do not push it. I received one email from the .Mac address after I pressed that thinking it was an alias I could no longer use .Mac again.

    I personally won't use .me and would have loved a warning stating that the .Mac address will become disfunctional. Now if I send an email to that address it states user unknown.

    Please be warned and if anyone has a way to get a .Mac address back please let me know.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Yes eventually. You're just telling us old news.
  3. Senseotech macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
    I've been a .Mac/MobileMe user since '07, with several email alias, and my primary address, and they all made the move to iCloud just fine. In fact, Apple considers my AppleID to be **** instead of the previous *****, though both let me log into the account just fine.
  4. paj macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2003
    Same here. My .mac and all 5 aliases moved across just fine. The .Mac address is set as my outgoing address and all my other custom 'send as' addresses moved too.
  5. hassr macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2004
    The issue is that if the account is expired then the email will not work.

    under the How do I sign up for iCloud? ->I have an expired MobileMe or .Mac account. How do I sign up for iCloud?

    "To use your expired account for iCloud, follow the iCloud setup instructions and enter your expired MobileMe or .Mac email address as your Apple ID. If you have an address, it will be reactivated for email when you sign up for iCloud. addresses will not be reactivated for email, but you can set up a new email address."
  6. jer0me macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2011
  7. vakhokodana macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2010
    Yes, I saw that too in preferences window. I too have two addresses listed. I don't understand: if we can't receive email on @mac address, why even list it there? I hope apple will do something to make it go away once and for all...
  8. ntg macrumors regular


    May 3, 2002
    UK - Rushden, Northants
    are we all losing our email addresses

    I just got off the phone to one of the senior apple support techs, who just advised me that all email addresses are being switched off progressively!

    I had 3 set up for my daughters, two of which recently showed 'user not found' when you send to their, although the and still work fine.

    I just spent 45 minutes asking why the two no longer worked, and was finally advised that they have 'started deprecating all old email addresses'

    I advised the tech that as an IT Pro who has used my address as the default password-reset and registration email address for twelve years now I would be horrified if it was just being ceased without any notification whatsoever!

    Has anyone else heard that they are being switched off, as this guy was quite adamant that they are being ceased??

    HELP - time to panic?

  9. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I think the tech did not know what he was talking about. Mine still works and I suspect there would be tons of reports on this if they were shutting the addresses down.
  10. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    You obviously got a hold of a tech that has no idea what he's talking about.
  11. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Thread necromancy, the thread is 2 years old.
  12. MyFakeAcc macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2011
    And I'll necro it again.

    This whole thing has turned into a real problem for me now. For ages I had an Apple ID using a @Mac address. I don't know how it came to this in the first place, it happened years, years ago...
    However, approximately 2 years ago I accidentally triggered a mail verification request and then noticed for the first time that I can't receive emails with this address anymore. Fortunately this was never a huge problem. Even though I never verified the address I am still able to use the account due my @me address being declared as "alternative Apple ID".
    I once called Apple and they claimed that, once you entered a @Mac, @me or @icloud address as primary mail, it is no longer possible to change the mail address and my only option would be a new Apple ID -- something I'd really like to avoid as it sounds like a tremendous amount of effort.

    Unfortunately I've encountered a problem now: a part of the developer area does not let me in unless all of my Apple ID's mail addresses are verified. It doesn't care nor accept my alternative mail address or Apple ID.

    Seen this thread it might be there are more people having such a problem. Is there a reasonable way to fix this...?

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