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How to configure iCloud mail on Android and other devices?

By October 16, 2011263 Comments

After three days of initial outage, I finally got my iCloud mail id working. It was really strange the way iCloud smtp server behaved. But anyway, I think this problem is over. After configuring iCloud email on my mac and windows, I really needed it on my android phones so that I can check my mails on the go. Here is a step by step tutorial for configuring your email client on Android phones (the setting works almost on all the devices).

1. Go to the native email client application and go to new account setup.

2. Fill your email address “xxxx@me.com or xxxx@mac.com” and password and click on the Manual Setup.

3. Choose IMAP and fill “p07-imap.mail.me.com” (or p01-imap.mail.me.com etc..)port: 993 and Security type : SSL.

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4. On the following screen configure smtp server by entering these values SMTP Server: smtp.me.com Port: 587 Security type: TLS You need to check “Require Sign In” and provide your username and password. Keep in mind that your username should not be your full email id but just the part before @sign e.g enter sa123 for email id sa123@me.com.

5. Enter the values in option fields and enjoy your icloud mail on android. Note: You need to check your imap server as iCloud has assigned the different servers (p01-imap to p09-imap) to different email ids so check which one of the these works for you. You can also see this in your iOS device mail setting, use the same imap server for android.

Update: Please do let me know if this setting work for you… I would like to know whether this is working universally or just for a few. Update  2: Try changing your password of iCloud account if above settings are not working. For some servers this has solved the problem. Look at the comments sections, you can see what has worked for some other people. The best blog-editor for Mac (Do you agree with my choice…share your views here) 

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263 Comments

  • Family Guy says:

    Bingo. Been racking my brains for hours trying to set this up on my Galaxy S. Worked first time!

    Thanks a buch Santosh. Pure genius 🙂

  • Peter says:

    Works great, thank you!

  • moricardo says:

    I have followed step by step your how to and it works perfectly on my Galaxy-SII .
    So, thank You!

  • Michael says:

    you rock thanks for the help…. worked great on my Galazy S2

  • Rafael says:

    Great Job!!! Worked perfectly on my Galaxy Note!!

    Thanks for the help!

  • arysse says:

    I was able to access my @mac email account on my Samsung Epic without proolems up until about a month or so ago when it suddenly would no longer connect. I tried deleting the account from my Epic and adding it again, changing my password, and copying the server settings from my MacBook Pro – nothing worked. I stumbled upon this blog and used the p01 settings and everything is up and running and a-ok once again. I can’t thank you enough!

  • marcello says:

    I tried all the possible configurarions you are posting. It does not work either on my Galaxy SII or in Thunderbird on my pc. It always states userid or password are wrong.
    I know that my imap server is p99, but this does not help. The client sw is not able to connect. I tried keeping @me.com, cutting it, using p99-imap, using only imap, etc. in all combinations. If I do not use SSL, it doesn’t even reach the server!
    I am thinking not using this email address on my mobile…

    • Santosh says:

      You try changing your password. On thunderbird you just let it automatically configure it, do not provide any settings. It worked for me and many others. Galaxy S2 I am not sure what is the problem.. but change your password…

      • marcello says:

        I did changed my password. and it did not work. I tried with Thunderbird as you were suggesting: letting thunderbird do the job… and it gave the same error. Now I did like one of the above: I forward from me.com all messages to another account on .gmail. It works and I do not lose any message. I hope in the future Apple fixes this. Otherwise iCloud will have a mail user less. Ciao!

  • rachel says:

    This worked perfectly for me, thank you! I’ve been so frustrated since moving to iCloud. I have a myTouch and it works perfectly.

  • Brandon says:

    It doesnt work for my Galaxy Nexus S with icecream sandwich.

    Says : cannot safely connect to the server. (javax.net.ssl.SSLProtocolException: SSL handshake aborted: ssl=0xbdc628: Failure in SSL library, usually a protocol error error:140770FC: SSL routines: SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO unknown protocol (external/openssl/ssl/s23_clnt.c:6830x40170cc3:0x00000000))

    • samgy says:

      Brandon,
      Same thing for me too!!!! Is there anyone who knows what to do, its soooo frustrating.

  • Jonathan says:

    Worked on my Nook Color. Thanks for the info!

  • Julie P. says:

    Worked like a charm on my Droid Razr! Thanks so much!

  • Sherry says:

    Thank you!

  • Jay says:

    Motorola Atrix Running Android Version 2.3.6

    INCOMING SERVER:
    Select IMAP mail server
    serverL p07-imap.mail.me.com (that’s p ZERO 7 there at the beginning)
    username: username@me.com
    password: enter acct password
    click ADVANCED SETTINGS
    Port: 993
    check “Use secure connection”
    Select AUTO for “Use secure connection (TLS)”
    check “Verify certificate”

    OUTGOING
    SMTP server: smtp.me.com
    username: only the username goes here, not the @me.com part
    enter acct password
    click ADVANCED SETTINGS
    Port: 587
    UNcheck “Use secure connection”
    select “Always” under Use secure password (TLS)
    Authentication: select Auto
    check “Verify certificate”

    I did not change my password.

  • ronnie mcdonald says:

    perfect. worked without a hitch. keep up the good work.

  • Jimmy says:

    This does work on my Sprint Photon. Me.com mail had inexplicably quit working after months of service (Apple messing with us?). BUT, I tried these settings over & over without results until I went to Apple ID and changed to a new password. Now it works. But now I have to reset the new password on all my other devices (Nook, iPod, etc.) =-(

  • Lisa says:

    Finally – something that worked the first time around!! We did have to solve the OS issue on our Mac so that iCloud was able to sync properly first, but after that was accomplished, your instructions made configuring my htc EVO a piece of cake. Thank you so much!!

  • erica says:

    THANK YOU!! I was ready to throw my Droid in the river.

  • Garry says:

    You are my hero Santosh!
    Many thanks for saving my remaining hair, I was really ready to tear it out.
    Your solution worked like a charm on my Galaxy S2.
    Best wishes
    Garry

  • Tom Chignell says:

    Thanks for this. Worked first time on the Samsung Galaxy SII.

    Have you come up with a solution for the Windows? I have tried with the Nokia Lumia 800 but not all the settings are available and it fails…..

    Regards

    Tom

  • Nerdherder says:

    Worked like a charm on my HTC Rezound

  • Bill says:

    Worked fine on T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G

  • Cedo says:

    thanks mate! It works great on the sony xperia s.

  • ?irin says:

    I have a Nokia C7 and some of the parts mentioned in the instructions don’t exist or are different in my settings. I keep getting an error message that says my password is wrong, but I use the same password to log on through Safari without any problem. My MacBook Pro uses p99-imap so should I assume it will be the same for my phone as well? This is driving me crazy!

  • marcello says:

    In the end I could connect my Samsung and my Windows 7 Personal Computer to the iCloud mail, migrated from mobile.me.
    First I discovered I had two Apple IDs, one such as name.lastname and the other name.lastname@mac.com. The two had the same password.
    So, as you cannot delete an @mac.com Apple ID, I changed its password and then changed the password of the other Apple ID. As name.lastname Apple ID was linked to the same mobile.me mailbox, I also cut that connection, added another mailbox (one not in the me.com domain) and renamed the Apple ID to bear the same name of the mailbox (this was suggested by Apple Support. They were really very kind and helpful).

    Having done this, I went back to the same problem I had before, but with more clarity.
    I started with my Samsung Galaxy S2 phone.
    I configured it in this way: Name Lastname as owner. name.lastname@me.com as mailbox, password of the @mac.com Apple ID.
    User was Apple ID name.lastname@mac.com.
    IMAP Server: imap.mail.me.com – port 993 – SSL – normal password identification
    SMTP Server: smtp.mail.me.com – port 587 – TLS – no authentication
    It worked.

    Then I tried with Thunderbird on the Personal Computer. Here is the really strange situation I had. I did exactly as for the Galaxy but I had to use the password I was using with my mobile.me account (NOT THE NEW iCloud password). I was lucky I remembered it.
    Obviously this succeeded after some attempts.

    Same situation on a Nokia C6-01 smartphone.
    I called Apple Support in order to specify this. I opened a case.

    I hope this can help some of you that were not able to configure IMAP clients other than Apple Devices

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  • Thomas says:

    I think How to configure iCloud mail on Android and other devices? | Alpha and Omega is a good article and you do a nice job of posting detailed information. TJ – http://www.ep2p4u.com

  • Rose says:

    This worked perfectly for me on my Galaxy S2 skyrocket. Thank you so much! It was driving me crazy not being able to check my me account.

  • Works for me (cheapo Huawei Ascend Y200, 2.3.6).

  • SkyAccio19291 says:

    Worked very well on my HTC Explorer Thanks????

  • Mike C says:

    Hi there, this worked perfectly for me the first time on my Droid 2. Thank you!!!

  • beez1717 says:

    I just want to say thank you for finally getting iCloud email working on my Xperia Play 🙂 It is very useful to be able to take my phone with me and not have to pull out my iPad every time I want to check my email and sometimes get disappointed because there is no wifi around.

  • Starla Stewart says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I just got a HTC Wildfire S and was getting very frustrated trying to access my me.com account. I set everything up exactly as you instructed but could not get it to work despite trying different variations. It wasn’t until dominique pointed out that the “o” in “p07” is a zero that it started working. For some reason on my browser font it looks like a lower case letter “o”.
    The real question is, why is it getting so that users, whether it’s for hardware, software, games, whatever- are having to go to each other to solve these issues? Companies just seem to set up forums and wait for us to figure it out ourselves. Must save them a fortune in tech support staff. >.<

  • marcello says:

    An additional information.
    In a previous post, I added the configuration hints to set-up iCloud accounts on 3P devices or email clients software, using pre-migration server addresses and password.
    After a couple of weeks these settings have become obsolete and I could not access the iCloud email again.
    Apparently the new settings, past migration, have propagated through iCloud and now they are active.
    So, I had to re-set the configuration to reflect migration.
    Now everything is respecting Apple iCloud new settings: i.e.: imap.mail.me.com for imap, and smtp.mail.me.com for smtp. userid is consistent with Apple-ID userid and password is consistent with Apple-ID password.
    This was really strange. But it took apparently about a month to be reflected everywhere.
    Hope this is useful for any of you who needs to set-up ex-mobile.me accounts

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  • Yinstar says:

    Many thanks for your instructions, it worked perfectly for my android based Galaxy Note.

  • Garrett Ewald says:

    On my Droid I didn’t have to use the longer incoming server address, mail.me.com worked. The key problem is not being able to send mail. Leaving off the domain in my username was unexpected, but still won’t send mail.

  • Leigh Ann says:

    I have tried all kinds of suggestions listed here. I have a HTC S ONE. Can anyone help me? Please!!

  • Leigh Ann says:

    HTC S ONE. I have tried a lot of the suggestions listed here. I either don’t have someof the options for setup or it just doesn’t work with the “username or password” error, ect. Can anyone help? Please! Thanks!

  • Danielle M. says:

    Thank you for these step-by-step instructions! It totally worked on my GalaxyS, and I didn’t have to change any passwords 🙂

  • Phoebe says:

    Thanks alot Santosh– worked like a charm on the first try!

    Cheers! 🙂

  • allory says:

    I have a first generation iPod touch which cannot be updated to iOS 5, and therefore cannot work with the iCloud mail. Your instructions worked fine to get it back on track. Thanks.

  • Etienne says:

    Hi Santosh,
    Great site – thank you.

    Short question:
    You wrote: “You need to check your imap server as iCloud has assigned the different servers (p01-imap to p09-imap) to different email ids so check which one of the these works for you. You can also see this in your iOS device mail setting, use the same imap server for android”

    Could you please tell me where to find this info in Icloud settings or on my Iphone 4GS device?

    Thank you,
    Etienne

    • Santosh says:

      If you have installed the icloud for outlook .. you can see in the server settings in outlook.

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  • Miguel Straw says:

    FLAWLESS…. worked like a charm!

  • Marybeth says:

    Thank you! You just saved me days of frustration!!!

  • Kira says:

    This worked great for me! I’m using a Motorola Atrix. Thanks a lot!!

  • Luigi says:

    Thank you so much Satosh! Worked perfectly on my new Galaxy S3. Had been trying for hours to figure it out.

  • Rebecca West says:

    Thank you so much, this worked like a charm!!

  • Megan says:

    Worked for me! My Macmail just stopped working inexplicably last night (error message: incorrect username or password), and using these manual setup instructions was the only way I could get it back up! Even changing my Apple ID password had not worked for me this time around. Thank you, thank you!

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