iCloud and Me accounts?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by stanw, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

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    I'm new to iOS

    Under my Mail settings on my iPhone I have an @iCloud.com email account and a @me.com email.com

    I have no idea what these are for. Are these just standard accounts you get when you use iOS? Are they actual email accounts that I can send and receive email from?
     
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    They are email accounts associated with your Apple ID/iCloud (accounts with you can use for email if you wish).
     
  3. vlinkz macrumors regular

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    me.com was used when iCloud [was called/before it replaced] MobileMe. I'm still using that address and I guess you can make a new one today if you want.
     
  4. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure I'm using a gmail account as my main Apple ID account. That is the part I'm confused by....
     
  5. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Right, you use an email address (like Gmail) as your username, but iCloud also has an email service that you can use too if you want.
     
  6. skwood macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in the same situation, I use a gmail address as my iCloud account but you can attach an icloud email to this address to use iCloud email with the same account. Quite confusing I grant you
     
  7. vlinkz macrumors regular

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    Your iCloud email doesn't need to be the same as your Apple ID. My Apple ID is a private email address. Because of this, I have three emails attached to my account.
     
  8. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    1. So the iCloud email is a fully functioning email account like a Gmail one?
    2. If so, are there any advantages to using it vs. a Gmail, Yahoo, etc. account?

    Thanks.
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, full email. Advantages would primarily be about being in the same ecosystem and having generally better push notifications.
     
  10. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong. But isn't the me.com simply an alias for iCloud.com?
     
  11. vlinkz macrumors regular

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    Yes. iMessage for example works with all of my linked emails.
     

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