iCLOUD MAIL SERVER SETTINGS IN SNOW LEOPARD OR LEOPARD
If you are setting up an existing iCloud account on a pre-Lion Mac you will
not be able to access iCloud's facilities.
You may be able to set up calendar syncing on Snow Leopard by means of
an unsupported hack
, and there is a convoluted
which has been reported as working for Address Book (and reported as
not working by others - I've not tried it), but these will not
work on Leopard; and neither can access any of iCloud's other
You cannot open a new iCloud account on a pre-Lion Mac. If you are
setting up an existing iCloud account on a pre-Lion Mac you will
probably need to
set up your email to the new iCloud server settings manually in any
application - this tutorial shows you how to enter your iCloud
account settings in Apple Mail on Snow Leopard - the method for Leopard
is basically the same. (The method is different in Tiger and is
If you still have a MobileMe account set up in Mail, go to to
Mail>Preferences>Accounts and select it. Click
the '-' button at bottom left to delete it.
Now click the '+' button to create a new account. In the first pane
enter your name, email address and password. (If you are setting up a
newly created iCloud account enter your @icloud.com address).
Apple are now requiring app-specific password for third-party
applications to access iCloud if you have set up two-step verification
(if you haven't set this up you can ignore this paragraph). Since Mail
on Snow Leopard and earlier was not intended to access iCloud you will
have to generate a password for it. Go to http://appleid.apple.com
click 'Manage your Apple ID' and sign in (you will be prompted for an
access code sent to your trusted device). Select 'Password and
Security'; click 'Generate an App-Specific Password' and follow the
instructions. Once you have the password, copy it and paste it into the
form shown below. You should also keep a note of it (though you can
generate a new one if required).
If necessary hold the option (alt) key down to change the 'Create' button to
'Continue' (this is to prevent the 'Wizard' from setting up for
MobileMe). You may not need to do this on Leopard if you uncheck
'Automatically set up account' (this checkbox does not appear on Snow
Leopard). Click 'Continue'.
Choose IMAP, enter a description (e.g. 'iCloud'), and your User Name
(i.e. your iCloud login - this should be there automatically). Set the
Incoming Mail Server to
imap.mail.me.com Click 'Create' (don't hold the option key down
Enter the SMTP server address as shown and click 'Use Authentication'.
With both servers Mail will contact the server to check that it can
connect, and this may take some time. Click 'Create'.
This shows the summary of the details. Check 'Take account online' if
necessary and click 'Create'.
The next step is optional; go to the list of accounts in the
sidebar of Preferences>Accounts and select your iCloud account. If
you also have an @mac.com address with the same username, or you have
aliases, you can add them to the 'Email Address' field, separated by
commas. They will appear as an option in the drop-down menu when
sending mail. With a newly created account you will have only an
@icloud.com address but you can also add any aliases you have created
Make sure the Outgoing Mail Server is set to 'iCloud' or whatever you
named the account.
You should now see your iCloud account in the sidebar of the main Mail
There may be an extra step necessary on Leopard. If you can't connect,
go to Preferences>Accounts, select the account and click the
'Advanced' tab: set the port number to 993 if it isn't than already and
make sure that 'Use SSL' is checked:
It's possible that you may get 'wrong password'
errors: if so you should go to http://appleid.apple.com
and change your
password, making sure that it complies with Apple's requirements: at
eight characters, of
which at least one must be a numeral and one
a capital letter: the longer and more complex the better.
Roger Wilmut. This site is not associated with Apple.