iCloud Mail Alias--send mail with Gmail account

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  1. gregdanielsykes, Oct 14, 2011
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    gregdanielsykes macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I just signed up for iCloud. I have had several questions, but so far I have been able to figure out most of my questions via trial and error. This is one I am not sure about, and I hope someone here can provide insight on how to solve my problem.

    Before coming to iCloud, I was using Gmail. I signed up for an iCloud account and got the typical x@me.com email address. I didn't want to get rid of my Gmail account and let everyone know that I'd changed my email, so I've been simply forwarding my mail from Gmail to my x@me.com mail address. So far so good. In Mail under "Preferences," Accounts, there is an option to send Outgoing Mail from another server, and to "use only this server". I chose the Gmail server, so not only do I get new emails forwarded from Gmail to x@me.com, but people think that I'm sending emails directly from Gmail. So far, this has been working great on my iPhone and in Mail.

    Nevertheless, when I go to iCloud.com and click on Mail (like Webmail) and send an email to someone that way, it is sent with the @me.com address not x@gmail.com. This is the problem! How do I get it in iCloud to send using the @gmail.com alias too? Under Preferences in iCloud Mail, there's an option to setup Aliases, but that only allow for ones that end in @me.com. So, to recap, it's all good on the iPhone and on my Mac's Mail program for what I want to do (send mail as if I were on Gmail), just not in iCloud's Mail function.

    Any idea on how around this?

    Thanks a lot. I truly appreciate it.

    Best wishes,
    Greg
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I don't believe you can do it the way you want.

    How about turn off Mail in iCloud prefs, the just add GMail to the Mail app. This will allow you to use all the features of iCloud except Mail while using GMail for email.

    Then go to iCloud.com and have your iCloud mail forwarded to the GMail account.
     
  3. gregdanielsykes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's probably a good idea, but it just seems like it totally can't be true that they don't offer the option of forwarding mail using a different server when you can do it from Mail on your Mac and from iPhone. It seems like an incredible hole they missed.

    Greg
     
  4. gregdanielsykes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for that link. I see it USED TO be able to be used for MobleMe. It's HORRIBLE they removed it. I don't see how people with multiple email accounts (like a work account) and a home one would be able to use: iCloud. I have my Gmail and Me which I use for work and home. Phew. This is a disaster. I hope they decide to allow this capability, I don't see how it would hurt them if they did, in fact if they don't, it might hurt them. People won't be using it as much.

    Thanks for the link so much...it's confirmed my worry!

    Greg
     
  5. gregdanielsykes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    Okay, so I just noticed that via Mail on my Mac it sends using the Gmail server (I have it sent as the main one, that way it always uses it), BUT, I just noticed that I was wrong. I previously thought on Mail on the iPhone it was setup, but it is not. Any ideas on how to set it up on the iPhone with Mail? I just want to change the outgoing server to Gmail and use it as the main one on the iPhone Mail.

    Thanks,
    Greg
     
  6. smittyofdhs macrumors newbie

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    you can't do that on the iphone. iCloud will always try to go out the icloud server, it doesn't roll over to additional servers that are added.
     
  7. gregdanielsykes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's horrible you can't do it on the iPhone but you can do it on the Mac's Mail application. Weird weird weird!!!! I'm not a fan, ha ha.

    Greg
     
  8. JimTigerPT macrumors member

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    Yes I always have been identified when sending out an email form coming from my gmail address although using Apples mail with MobileMe. Now, not an option to change the outgoing mail server. A fix would be great!
     
  9. gregdanielsykes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm glad to know that someone else agrees with me.

    Greg
     

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