By DOUG DAVIDOFF Director of Public Relations
ZIVE, INC., maker of Kiwi for Gmail
Do you use your Apple iCloud.com email account? Yes? Well, now hear this: You can also read iCloudKiwi for Gmail.
Most people don't kniow this, but Gmail and Kiwi for Gmail can be configured to read non-Gmail accounts. This post is about a specific example: Apple iCloud.com accounts. These include me.com and mac.com accounts if you were a user of Apple's earlier suites of online tools. There are other ways to bring other kinds of non-Gmail accounts into Kiwi for Gmail, but I'll write about those another time.
Since you use Kiwi for Gmail on a Mac, you have access to an email account from Apple that ends in "@iCloud.com." (The only exception would be if you've taken the extreme measure of avoiding signing up an Apple ID, but that would cut you out of iTunes, the App Store for Mac, the App Store for iPhone and iPad, iBooks, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.)
To some, the notion of an Apple ID email account may be like those email accounts your cable company or another "ISP" ("internet service provider") offers. Maybe so. The difference is this: Try to remember your email address at your cable company or other ISP. Unless you actually use that account, I doubt you can remember how to get into it. On the other hand, most of us can remember our Apple ID. It's our key to iTunes, the App Store, and other wonderful Apple services. You probably used your Apple ID to purchase Kiwi for Gmail!
So I recommend setting up and using your iCloud account. If nothing else, it's useful for interactimng with staff at Apple -- the AppleCare service advisors on the phone, the Genius Bar folks at your favorite Apple Store, retail and business sales people, product trainers, and more. And it gives you a reliable second email account to use to test your primary Gmail account from time to time.
The instructions below are a bit complicated. But I did this when I first began using Kiwi for Gmail -- and that's all it took. I've been using Kiwi for Gmail to compose and read my iCloud email without a problem ever since.
We need to create a new Gmail account that you can use to mirror your iCloud account. While you could configure an existing Gmail account to receive your iCloud mail, it's more complicated and difficult to do if you're a Gmail beginner or intermediate user.
But first, think carefully about a name and password for this new account. The reason to think of it is because you need something truly memorable. You're going to set up this new Gmail account and then largely forget about it. One day, months or years from now, you might want to sign into this account. So pick something you can remember when that day comes.
Go to www.Google.com. If you're signed into one of your current Google accounts, click on the account icon on the top right of the www.Google.com page. Click on "add account."
If you haven't signed into aa Google account in this browser session yet, just click on "Log In." You'll be shown a list of your accounts. Again, click on "add account."
Don't forget to use the account name and password you chose in Step 1.
Now it's time for the most complicated step in this process -- configuring your iCloud account by going to iCloud.com and using iCloud's browser interface to make a critical change that essentially forwards any email arriving at iCloud.com to the new Gmail account you just created.
When you go to iCloud.com, the first thing you'll see if a blue-and-gold page with a place to sign in with your Apple ID and password. Go ahead and do this. You'll be rewarded with a browser page that looks like a stripped-down iPhone home page, with about eight icons. Click on the "Mail" icon. (It's the same icon used for "Mail" on a Mac and on iPhone and iPad.)
Click on the dim-gray "settings" gear in the bottom-left corner of the iCloud mail window. (This is different fdrom the larger "settings" gear you may have noticed in the previous screen.) When you click on the settings gear, a menu will pop up. Click on "Rules." A dialog box will pop up. Make sure the fifth tab at the top, named "Rules," is highlighted in blue.
Now click on "Add a Rule..." Yet another dialog box will pop up. Now our goal is tgo create a rule that expresses this sentence: "If a message is addressed or CC'd to my icloud.com account, then forward it to my new Gmail account."
To make this sentence, click in the box under the statement "If a message." There's dropdown list of options. Select "is addressed or CC's to." In the box below that, fill in your Apple ID icloud.com email address.
The next line reads: "Then."
Click on the line below "then." Another dropdown list! Click on "forward to." On the line below that, which is the bottom line, enter your new Gmail address.
Then click on "Done." The entire settings dialog box disappears. Yea!
We're back to the internet browser edition of Apple Mail (ugh). In the top-right corner, click on your name, printed in blue. It's a link. There's one more dropdown. Select "Sign out." You'll be taken back to the sign-in page for iCloud.com.
Ladies and gents, our excursion into iCloud.com's web browser edition is over.
So here is what we have done, so far: We've created a Gmail account to receive emails from our iCloud.com account. We've set up the iCloud.com account to forward our emails to the new Gmail account. This takes care of emails arriving to us.
But what about emails we want to send? We need to set up the new Gmail account so it sends our iCloud.com mail using our iCloud.com address!
So do this: Go back to your new Gmail account. Click on "Settings." That's the gear under your name in the top-right corner. Click on the top-row tab that reads "Accounts and imports."
Scroll down to "Send mail as." Then click on, "Add another email address you own."
A new window will open. Fill in your real name where it says "Name." Then fill in your iCloud.com email address. Check the box that says, "Treat as alias." Then fill in the rest of the dialog box. You'll need these details to do so:
-- Mail is sent through "smtp.icloud.com"
-- Use a "secure connection on Port 587."
-- Use "TLS."
Save your changes. Very important!
In this final step, we'll add the new Gmail account to Kiwi for Gmail. Open the app and on the menu bar, click on KIWI FOR GMAIL > PREFERENCES. The app's "preference pane" will open.
The second tab on the top of the preference pane is "Accounts." Click on that.
You'll see a list of your current accounts in Kiwi for Gmail. Under those, there is a "+" sign. Click on it to add your new Gmail account.
Kiwi for Gmail will ask you to sign into the new account. Go ahead and do this, and fill in the other optiuons, like picking a color for this new account.
You should now be able to use this new account. You are now reading and sending emails via your iCloud account from Kiwi for Gmail! Except now it's Kiwi for iCloud. Well, sort of. Admittedly, we went though the bother of setting up a new Gmail account to act as our intermediary with iCloud.com.
But the effect is the same. Welcome to Kiwi for Gmail ... and iCloud.com.
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