iCloud email folders and forwarding other accounts

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iCloud’s new innovative mail feature will keep your mailbox up to date across all of your devices. When you get a new message, iCloud pushes it to all of your devices.

If you move an email to the trash folder on your iPad it will be in the trash folder on your other devices as well. The way iCloud keeps your mailbox in sync and the ability to create folders is why I find it so appealing.

Forward Email to iCloud

When you activate iCloud on your iOS device or mac, you are provided with a free me.com email address. If you do not have a me.com email address view this post for more about iCloud and how to set it up.

If you have other email addresses that you want to use with your iCloud account, you can forward them to your me.com address that you set up with iCloud.

Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo and almost every email provider has a way to forward or redirect your emails to another email address. Just login to the email account that you want to forward to your iCloud account and look for a forwarding tab under settings. Use Google or the help section of your email provider if you have trouble forwarding your email address.

iCloud Folders

It’s really simple to add folders on iCloud.com (just click the plus sign next to Folders) but what’s less obvious is how you delete folders on iCloud.com.

To delete a folder on iCloud.com;

  1. Click on the folder to be deleted.
  2. Click on the settings icon on the top right of the screen.
  3. Click “Delete Folder.”

View this post if you need help with adding folders on your iPad.

Using Rules

After you have forwarded email to iCloud, you can create a folder and use a “Rule” to send that email to a certain folder.

To create a rule with iCloud;

  1. Go to iCloud.com and log in.
  2. Open the Mail app and click on the settings icon on the top right of the screen.
  3. Click on Rules, then “Add a Rule.”
  4. Enter the email address that you are using to forward your email and the folder you want it to go to.

Here is an example of creating a rule with iCloud. I didn’t enter my complete email address in the photo but you will need to enter your complete email address under “is from.” You can see that I created a folder called ipadhelp.com and I am directing the email from that address to a folder with that name.

iCloud Rule

Send Mail From an Alias

You can also create up to three active Aliases and send email from iCloud with an alias.

To create an email alias;

    1. Click on the settings icon at the top right of the screen.
    2. Click Addresses.

  1. Click “Add add an alias.”
  2. Provide the requested information.
  3. Click OK, and then click Done.
  • Gail

    Very helpful

  • Mauren

    Yahoo and iCloud do not play well in the sandbox. I’ve been trying since IOS5 came out to forward my mail there from Yahoo without any luck on Yahoo’s end. I’ve written to yahoo several times and they keep saying they are working on the problem. Yeah, right.

  • Dale

    Ok… but with MobileMe I could actually PULL email from other accounts! Cannot do this with iCloud and I want it! :-(

  • Luis

    Thanks, this was exactly what i was looking for.

  • Susan

    I realize it should be simple to create a new folder with iCloud but the plus icon next to the folders label is greyed out and I cannot figure out how to add a new folder. I have not been able to do it since switching to iCloud. I tried deleting folders because maybe I had too many but that did not help. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  • Mildred Vuris

    I have switched to iCloud from Road Runner but don’t know how to let my hundreds of contacts know. Please help!

  • monasilva@me.com

    I am thing go delete a folders. The top is gray out. What do i do

  • mona

    O need go delete a folders bit the top is gray out. Do you
    Know What to do

  • Tracy

    I have set up a forwarder so that my business email dumps into my iCloud account. When I get an email addressed to my biz account, I want to reply using that email account identity. How do I set that up?

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