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Learn how to update your account info for 3rd party email clients. These steps should be followed only if you've been using a 3rd party email client with POP3 enabled to send and receive Verizon.net email prior to migrating to AOL. For other mail clients, check out our tutorial on setting up other email clients. Step #1: Add or Edit the Email Account To set up a new email account or edit the settings on an existing one, click the Tools menu and then select Accounts to open the Accounts panel. Support for Multiple Account Types — The best third-party email clients are flexible enough to offer support for many different types of accounts, such as Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Exchange, IMAP, etc. If an email client doesn’t support your email provider, then it’s just not an option for you — no matter how awesome it looks.

While Mail for Mac is a great email client for most users, some of us require something a little more feature-rich for our day-to-day life.

You can use the mail server settings in this article to manually set up your email app to send and receive email with an iCloud email account. However, you shouldn't need to do that if you meet iCloud system requirements and can use any of these setup methods:

  • Use iCloud Preferences on your Mac in OS X Lion 10.7.4 or later.
  • Use iCloud for Windows on your PC in Microsoft Windows with Outlook 2010 through Outlook 2016. Set up two-factor authentication and, if needed, generate an app-specific password* to use for iCloud Mail.
  • Use iCloud settings on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 7 or later.

Mail server settings

Refer to your email app's documentation for information about how to use these settings. iCloud Mail uses the IMAP and SMTP standards supported by most modern email apps. iCloud does not support POP. If you set up an account using iCloud System Preferences or macOS Mail in 10.7.4 or later, you won't see these settings because they're automatically configured.

IMAP information for the incoming mail server

  • Server name: imap.mail.me.com
  • SSL Required: Yes
    If you see an error message when using SSL, try using TLS instead.
  • Port: 993
  • Username: This is usually the name part of your iCloud email address (for example, emilyparker, not [email protected]). If your email client can't connect to iCloud using just the name part of your iCloud email address, try using the full address.
  • Password: Generate an app-specific password.

SMTP information for the outgoing mail server

  • Server name: smtp.mail.me.com
  • SSL Required: Yes
    If you see an error message when using SSL, try using TLS or STARTTLS instead.
  • Port: 587
  • SMTP Authentication Required: Yes
  • Username: Your full iCloud email address (for example, [email protected], not emilyparker)
  • Password: Use the app-specific password that you generated when you set up the incoming mail server.

* You only need to use an app-specific password if you’re manually setting up mail with your iCloud account in Windows, if you use Mac OS X Mail (10.7.4 and earlier), or if you use any other third-party mail client.

In its ongoing efforts to ensure strong security for customers, Apple will require the use of app-specific passwords from June 15th. This affects you if you use a third-party app that logs in with an iCloud email and password (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc) to access contacts, calendar and mail messages.

If you don’t migrate to app-specific passwords by the June 15 deadline, then those apps will stop working. Luckily, it’s easy to fix: read on for step-by-step instructions on how to make app-specific passwords for your Apple ID.

Apple announced the policy change in an email sent to iCloud users today. If you do not use third-party mail, contacts or calendar apps with your iCloud account, then you are not affected at all and can simply ignore the steps. Apps from the App Store that integrate with iCloud via Apple APIs also do not need app-specific passwords to be created as you never type a password into them directly.

App-specific passwords hide your real account credentials from the third-party service, increasing security by only giving out scrambled random passwords to non-Apple servers. These individual passwords can be revoked at any time and are independent of your primary iCloud login details.

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To use app-specific passwords, you must first enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID if you haven’t already. With iOS 10.3 and later, two-factor authentication is set up by default for new Apple ID accounts so new users should have this done. (iOS 10.3 also prominently prompts existing user accounts to upgrade.)

With two factor authentication enabled, you can now make an app-specific password:

  1. Log in to the Apple ID page with your usual iCloud email address and password.
  2. Scroll down to the ‘Security’ area and click ‘Generate Password’ beneath the App-Specific Password heading.
  3. Give the password a name in the label popup (so you know what service you used it with later).
  4. The password will now be shown; it will be a string of 16 random characters. Copy this down.
  5. Open your third-party app and log out with your existing iCloud details. Then, log in again using the same email and the new app-specific password you copied from the previous step.

That’s it. You can repeat the process for each app that you have connected to iCloud, creating a new app-specific password for each third-party app. If you change your primary Apple ID password, all app-specific passwords will be revoked automatically and the apps will obviously stop working. Create new app-specific passwords (via the same five steps above) if you want to log in to a third-party service again after changing your primary Apple ID iCloud password.

Apple lets you have up to 25 app-specific passwords at once. At any time, you can go back into the Apple ID Security panel, click ‘Edit’ and then ‘View History’ to manage your app-specific passwords. You can revoke a specific password (identified by the label you picked when you created them) or remove them all and start over.

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Once again, if you only use Apple apps to access iCloud data, this doesn’t affect you. It only applies to people using third-party apps to read iCloud mail, calendar events and contacts — like Microsoft Outlook. These changes offer additional safeguards to make your Apple account even more secure.