PSA: Your,, or Emails Sent via Gmail Might Be Marked as Spam Now

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    For the past several years, I have had my Apple-provided email address set up as an alias in Gmail, and enabled auto-forwarding of my iCloud emails to my Gmail account. This allows me to use Gmail as my one-stop-shop for sending and receiving emails from both my and addresses.


    However, it recently came to my attention that many of my emails sent from my address via Gmail have automatically ended up in the spam boxes of my recipients--even those I've emailed regularly. This went on for a few weeks, with zero indication on my end, beyond a puzzling lack of replies.

    Eventually, one of my recipients alerted me that my email went to spam, and I turned to Google to do some research. As it turns out, there is an industry-wide email authentication, policy, and reporting protocol named DMARC, and it appears Apple upped its DMARC policy to "quarantine" in July.

    Essentially, this means that emails sent from an Apple-provided email address, such as,, or, via a third-party email client such as Gmail, are now likely to be automatically marked as spam.

    Al Iverson's Spam Resource explains:
    DMARC records on wiseTools confirm that,, and now adhere to a "p=quarantine" policy.

    DMARC is designed to combat one of the most common types of phishing attacks, in which the "from" address in an email is faked, so Apple moving to a "quarantine" policy is a good move in terms of security, even if it is an inconvenience for people who use an Apple email via third-party clients.

    After learning this, I reached out to Apple for clarification, and while it didn't confirm the new DMARC policy, it did offer a potential solution for Gmail.

    Apple told me that I should be able to avoid the marked-as-spam issue by ensuring that emails from my address are set up to be sent through iCloud SMTP servers: Apple has a related support document.


    When I opened my Gmail settings, I discovered that my address was already configured in a similar manner, although the SMTP server domain was, rather than After updating it to the latter, emails from my address via Gmail began to reach the inboxes of others.

    For further testing, I then reverted back to, thinking that my emails would be marked as spam again. However, all of my emails still landed in the inboxes of others, including contacts I emailed for the first time.

    At this point, I'm not entirely sure what has fixed the issue for me, but hopefully tinkering with the SMTP server settings works for others. If not, and you have an important email to send via your,, or address, make sure to send it from Apple's own Mail app or

    Article Link: PSA: Your,, or Emails Sent via Gmail Might Be Marked as Spam Now
  2. Agneev macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2017
    1 Infinite ∞
    How do you view your emails from iCloud then? Surely not from Gmail??
  3. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2003
    So in other words your address was NOT configured in the prescribed manner... (although = but = the opposite, which you then acknowledge).

    I did appreciate your article... its amazing how these behind the scenes changes can effect us. Thanks for bringing this to light.
  4. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Could be if he's forwarding all messages from iCloud to Gmail. Sounds like he's using Gmail as a general purpose mail client for other domains, possibly to take advantage of the excellent spam filtering that Gmail offers.

    Seems to be a setup asking for trouble though, since it adds unnecessary layers of complexity.

    At the end of the day, it's the SMTP settings that matter, not the mail client being used.
  5. Joe Rossignol, Aug 3, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2018

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    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    Yeah, I have auto-forwarding of iCloud -> Gmail enabled. I've just updated the first paragraph to make this clear.

    I primarily use Gmail, so this setup allows me to use my address fully through Gmail.

    Until last month, I actually had zero issues with it. It's been quite a few years.

    True! I just tweaked the sentence to clarify mine was configured in a "similar" manner, not exactly the same!

    Do hope it brings awareness of this to some people, even if it's not exactly clear-cut.
  6. cwanja macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I forward all of my iCloud alias emails to Gmail, but no longer use the @Mac or @icloud alias for sending. I definitely do not use the @me :eek:

    Interesting change. Wonder why Apple made it.
  7. kareemjeiroudi macrumors newbie


    Jul 12, 2018
    Anyone can elaborate in easier terms? I didn't really get the issue here.
  8. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    It's an anti-SPAM, anti-spoofing thing. One might wonder why they hadn't made the change years ago.
  9. cwanja macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Sending email as (or, from Gmail (since you can setup 3rd party providers in Gmail's settings) was landing in other providers spam folders due to a DNS change (DMARC in this situation) by Apple.

    They then provided an alternative setup that resolved the issue.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 3, 2018 ---
    Wonder if it will cut down on the spam being sent to my iCloud email alias'.
  10. InnocenceMyth macrumors newbie


    Jun 8, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    If you send email from an iCloud domain but don’t use an Apple SMTP server, your email may end up in a spam folder.
  11. rcooked macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2015
    Cool. Now get labels to work in the Apple Mail app on Mac and I’m set.
  12. SoundJudgment macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2017
    How does one get a Email address?? I only see/have here. What's da Secret Sauce??
  13. cwanja macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    You would have had to have MobileMe when it was a service. It was prior to iCloud. And before MobileMe, it was .Mac.

    So - iTools -> .Mac -> MobileMe -> iCloud
  14. B60boy macrumors member


    Nov 25, 2014
    I like the address. It's unique and simple. I have had a ton of issues with gmail with the dot between the first name and last name. I have a and some guy in Europe has first and I get some of his mail. So much for AI in gmail! No such issues with using my address.
  15. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2003
    use apple mail to send apple mail :).

    anything else can leave you vulnerable to Apple making behind the scene tweaks that work great with their system, but doesn't play well with others. I know. Who would have thought?
  16. techpr macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2008
    San Juan, PR
    This is the primary reason I don't promote or any public free email domain that I don't have any control and use my own domain name email address for decades. And on top of that I have been using ProtonMail Plus (with my own domain) for more than a year for encrypted storage and communications even using the on MacOS, great service.
  17. Primus84 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2005
    If what you're saying is you're and he's then this isn't correct since GMail doesn't care about the dots -
  18. Ramchi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2007
    Thanks God, I don't use "me" and "iCloud" for anything important.
  19. lparsons21 macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2014
    Southern Illinois
    I’ve been using .mac and .me since they first came out with no issues that matter. But on iOS apple mail doesn’t work so well with my .live account so I’ve been using Edison mail and like it a lot.

    While I have a .gmail account or two I’ve never liked the gmail client
  20. techpr macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2008
    San Juan, PR
  21. Scooz macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2012
    I once worked with several mail admins and I know they all have their well maintained (on a daily basis) spam rules.

    However, I had also .me and .mac addresses sorted into spam by Gmail accounts some years ago. This was only solveable by the individual Gmail account owner with an extra rule, which I had to tell them about.

    I considered this an aggressive competitive effort by Google to have you sign up to Gmail to ensure your mails arriving at your friends with Gmail addresses.

    Now, if you do it the other way round, I would wonder if the mail isn‘t already pre-scored as spam by Google upon sending, if that was an actual possibilty, as they‘re a bunch if evil b..beople o_O

    Ok, I would actually assume that the mail admins of other domains meanwhile have custom rules in place (might be shared via forums and repositories, too) that whitelist icloud mails over any third party scoring service after serveral users complained. They might do this by having the rule lookat the originating server instead of the sender address as this is much more reliable. Which might explain the wonders mentioned.
  22. Primus84 macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2005
    No it's not new - that wouldn't work but I can find evidence of this going back easily as far as 2008.
  23. Alex3917 macrumors newbie


    Oct 23, 2016
    > I reached out to Apple for clarification, and while it didn't confirm the new DMARC policy

    DMARC policies are stored as public DNS records so there wouldn’t be anything to confirm. Just look at the TXT records for, or whatever subdomain mail is actually sent from.
  24. Avenged110 macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2010
    Greatest Country on Earth
    Not that it matters, but technically addresses were available with iCloud accounts prior to around the release of iOS 6. That's how I got mine.
  25. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    Same here, and I converted it to an @icloud account a few years back without thinking, and now I regret it. I wish I still had the @me email account.

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