iOS 15.4 Beta Adds Support for Setting Up Custom Email Domains With iCloud Mail

The iOS 15.4 beta that was introduced today expands support for the custom email domain feature available for iCloud+, adding an option to set up a custom domain with ‌iCloud‌ Mail directly on the iPhone.

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If you go to Settings > Apple ID > ‌iCloud‌, "‌iCloud‌ Mail" is now a tappable option and it includes a section for setting up a Custom Email Domain.

Prior to now, custom domains were able to be set up with ‌iCloud‌ Mail, but Apple's iCloud.com website was required to get it working and there was no option to set it up right on the ‌iPhone‌ or iPad.

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Setting up a custom email domain requires a paid ‌iCloud‌+ storage plan, which is priced starting at $0.99. The feature is designed to allow a custom email address like "johnny@appleseed.com" to be used for sending and receiving emails using ‌iCloud‌ Mail. Though the custom domain feature uses ‌iCloud‌ Mail, emails will be addressed to and sent from the custom domain.

Each ‌iCloud‌ user can add up to five custom domains to ‌iCloud‌ Mail, and members of a Family Sharing group can also use those domains. Email addresses that are currently used with the custom domain are supposed, and there's also an option to set up new email addresses with the domain.

Custom Email Domain settings on the ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ will make it much easier to use custom email addresses. It's worth noting that this same feature is also available on the Mac under the System Preferences > ‌Apple ID‌ > ‌iCloud‌ Mail, but it does not yet appear to be functional.

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Tags: iCloud, Mail

Top Rated Comments

Seoras Avatar
11 months ago
With Google's recent announcement that it is moving everyone on free GSuite domain accounts to subscription Workplace accounts this will prove to be really popular.
I think Google's making a huge mistake timing it with Apple introducing custom email domains.
I accepted that my email was being snooped on by Google for data harvesting and selling.
With Apple's privacy focus it seems like the obvious move. Just how do I transfer over all my historical emails though?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wowotoe Avatar
11 months ago

So, you still have to own the domain to set this up? I’m not sure how this works and what’s the benefit?
Most of time, when you registered a domain name, it doesn't come with mail service. Usually you have to pay extra to add mail service so you can send/receive emails via your new domain name.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
A_A Avatar
11 months ago

Hmmm and what’s the benefit? I mean compared to a normally setup email imap account. Trying hard but I see none so far…
If you own a business, you can now use John@yourcompany.com instead and it will look more professional than a gmail or icloud account
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
james2538 Avatar
11 months ago
I'll consider switching back once iCloud adds status syncing across devices. It's annoying to read email on my iPad/MacBook and still have my iPhone show that I have unread messages until I refresh it. Same for flags.

FastMail has had this for years and has always been rock solid. (Pretty sure Google/Microsoft paid plans offer it too)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Think|Different Avatar
11 months ago
Wow, the comments here asking “why?” — some things aren’t for everyone, ha.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cyanite Avatar
11 months ago

Locks you into apples ecosystem.
How? You can just switch it off again and use a different provider at any time. Your username is not appropriate.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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