How To Create a Free iCloud Email Address for Your Apple ID

Having an iCloud email address provides many benefits when using Apple devices and services. An iCloud email address integrates seamlessly across Apple devices, provides additional storage, and enables useful features like Hide My Email.

Fortunately, it is easy to create a free iCloud email address to use with your Apple ID. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get an email address for your Apple account.

Benefits of an iCloud Email Address

Here are some of the key benefits of using an email address with your Apple ID:

  • Works seamlessly across Apple devices – Email, contacts, calendars, and more sync automatically across your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other Apple devices when using an iCloud address.
  • Provides free iCloud storage – Your iCloud email and data does not count against your free 5GB of iCloud storage. This leaves more room for backups, photos, and files.
  • Enables iCloud+ features – An iCloud email address is required to use iCloud+ capabilities like Hide My Email, Private Relay, and iCloud Drive.
  • Simplifies account recovery – If you ever need to recover or reset your Apple ID, having an iCloud email address on file makes the process easier.

Step-by-Step Guide to Create an iCloud Email Address

Follow these steps to easily create a free iCloud email address to use with your Apple ID:

On Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap your name at the top
  3. Choose “iCloud”
  4. Tap “iCloud Mail”
  5. Toggle the switch for “iCloud Mail” to the ON position
  6. Tap “Create New Address”
  7. Choose your new iCloud email address
  8. Enter a password
  9. Follow the verification steps

You now have a new free iCloud email address set up for your Apple ID!

On Your Mac

  1. Click the Apple menu > System Preferences
  2. Click “Apple ID”
  3. Choose “iCloud”
  4. Check the box for “iCloud Mail”
  5. Click “Create New Address”
  6. Choose your new iCloud email address
  7. Create and confirm a password
  8. Complete email verification

After following these simple steps, you will have a free iCloud email address associated with your Apple ID.

Tips for Setting Up Your iCloud Email

Here are some helpful tips when configuring your new iCloud email address:

  • Set up iCloud Drive – This keeps Mail settings like signatures and VIP contacts updated across devices.
  • Add email aliases – Create additional email addresses that also send mail to your iCloud inbox.
  • Use a custom domain – Link your own domain to your iCloud email account.
  • Designate a send-from address – Choose which email alias sends messages by default.
  • Import old emails – Transfer messages from another email provider into your iCloud Mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about creating and using an iCloud email address:

Can I change my iCloud email address after creating it? No, you cannot change your primary iCloud email address once it has been created. You can create additional email aliases though.

Can I delete my iCloud account and make a new one? Yes, you can delete your iCloud account if you want to start fresh with a new iCloud email address and Apple ID.

How many iCloud email addresses can I have? You can create up to three email aliases in addition to your primary iCloud email address, for a total of four addresses.

What’s the difference between an iCloud email and Apple ID? Your Apple ID is your main account username, while your iCloud email address is the email associated with that account. They are directly connected.

Do I need an iCloud email address? No, it is optional. But using an iCloud address provides deeper integration with Apple services.


Adding a free iCloud email address to your Apple ID provides many benefits like seamless syncing across devices, additional storage, simplified account recovery, and access to useful iCloud+ features.

With the step-by-step instructions provided, you can easily create an email address or alias to use for your Apple account. Just remember to enable iCloud Drive syncing and consider importing old emails or setting a default send-from address.

Let me know if you have any other questions!