Gmail vs iCloud Apple ID, any advantage?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Mftek1, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. Mftek1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2013
    Hello everyone.
    I'm a little confused with this whole iCloud thing. I currrntly have it setup like this:

    @icloud which I use for iCloud/contacts/backups/email

    @gmail which I also use for email/Apple ID

    I noticed that if I sign out of my gmail Apple ID, it lets me sign in as my @icloud as a completely different Apple ID.

    I'm thinking I should just use my @icloud for both so I don't have separate accounts? Not sure if it makes any difference?
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    So you basically have two different/separate Apple IDs? (Both basically capable of using iCloud and essentially all of the same things.)
  3. Mftek1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2013
    Correct. 1 gmail and 1 iCloud.
    Just wondering if their is any benefit of using one over the other? (Since iCloud is made by Apple)
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    They are basically the same. Your Apple ID that is associated with your Gmail account can also have an iCloud account as part of it too.

    It's just a username that's different between them, in one case you are using a username that ends on and in the other, but they are the same type of accounts. It's basically just down to what you have on each one and having it all on one account if you want to use that account.
  5. bizack macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    I do this on purpose in the off chance someone manages to get my email and password. My app store email and password is completely different than my Apple ID for iCloud.
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    By the way, where are you signing in and out? Just to make sure we are talking about the same thing.
  7. petbird macrumors newbie


    Nov 6, 2016
    No advantages. iCloud is more for people who do not already have a email like gmail or yahoo.. etc. Apple has icloud to make emails for those people as it is required by apple to have a email.

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