As we all know, iCloud by Apple is only for Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc. So, we might need an expensive Apple device to create an iCloud email id. But when you switch to an Android smartphone, most of the users drop their iCloud email id with the “@ icloud.com” tail. Do you plan to stop using it or do you still want to use it? We have the solution to set up an iCloud account on Android.
Note: If you want to create an iCloud account on Android. Use Chrome browser to visit iCloud, then create it.
How to set up an iCloud account on Android
It’s not about email access, but also importing contacts and calendar. So we’re going to put them all in place.
- Set up an iCloud email account on Android
- using the Gmail app
- Application password
- Import iCloud contacts
- Add an iCloud calendar
There are a few downsides, so make sure you know that. Here’s how to set up the iCloud account.
1] How to set up iCloud messaging on Android
Unlike Apple iPhone devices, there is no way to access an iCloud account with any app or website. But if you have an internet connection, an email app, and a little patience, it’s easier to configure manually. With a similar method, you can also transfer your contacts from your iCloud account to your device running Droid. Explore the steps below.
Step 1: Open the default email app or Gmail app on your Android smartphone. You can also use any third-party email client app to set up iCloud email. Tap Add account> Other, from the list. Enter your iCloud email ID in the field. Fill in with your password at the bottom.
Step 2: Tap Manual Setup. Choose “IMAP” and set the server as imap.mail.me.com. Set the port to “993” and select SSL / TLS as the security type. In the next window, choose the outgoing server settings as follows:
- SMTP server: smtp.mail.me.com / Security: STARTTLS / Port: 587.
- Also enter the username and tap Next.
Step 3: Now your iCloud email account will get set up on your device. The email will be synchronized when you connect to the Internet.
If your usual password doesn’t work on the Gmail app, you need to create an app specific password. It makes sure your real password isn’t misused for anything else.
- Go to the Apple ID page and sign in.
- In Manage> Security> Application-specific passwords> Generate password.
- Enter a description, eg. Android Gmail, then click Create.
- Make sure you write it down somewhere and use it if needed.
Application-specific passwords cannot be reused.
2] Sync iCloud contacts with Android
You will also need your contacts from the iCloud account. However, you will need to export it using the vCard method
- Log on to iCloud.com.
- Open Contacts and select the contacts you want to export.
- Click the gear icon, choose Export vCard, and save the VCF file to your computer.
- You can choose to email it to the Gmail account on your smartphone or copy it to storage.
- Whatever you do, once on your phone, open the Contacts app> Menu> Settings> Import
- Browse the VCF file and import the contacts.
3] Configure or add iCloud calendar to Android
- Open iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Select the Calendar option on the screen, then click on the calendar you want to import
- Then click on Calendar Share> Public share
- It will generate a unique URL.
- Go to Google Calendar and click add> from url
- Copy and paste the public URL we generated above.
The only problem is that it will be read-only.
Another way to access iCloud
In case you don’t want to set the email account using third-party email apps, you can use Google’s Gmail app or any other reliable app. Another way is to access your account through the browser.
Step 1: Open any web browser app on your smartphone (Google Chrome recommended). Enter the address icloud.com/mail in the address bar of the browser and visit the site. If there is a problem with loading, press the ellipsis button and check the “Desktop site” box.
Step 2: Log in to the account using your iCloud username/email id and password. Once logged in, you can see the iCloud web dashboard which allows you to access multiple services on the iCloud platform including contacts, emails, numbers, memos, notes, etc.
Step 3: Access the email account from the browser but in desktop mode. The web version is therefore not recommended.
New to Android from iOS? How did you create an iCloud account on Android? Please let us know your methods of using iCloud emails on your Android smartphone.