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How to set up an iCloud Mail custom email domain [Video]


When Apple announced iCloud+ at WWDC 2021, it revealed that paid iCloud tiers would receive additional perks such as support for Private Relay, and Hide My Email. Another perk included with iCloud+ is the ability to set up an iCloud Mail custom email domain.

The new custom email feature, which is currently in beta, has been something that iCloud Mail users like myself have been wanting for years. In this hands-on walkthrough, I show you how to set it up.

Why use a custom email domain?

There are several reasons why you’d want to choose a custom domain for email. For starters, if you have a business, it can make your business seem more legitimate. More importantly, custom email domains allow you to “own” your email address, affording portability that allows you to move it between email hosts. If an email host shuts down, or their business practices no longer align with mine, I can move it to any host of my choosing whenever I want. I could even host it myself if I wanted to, but that’s a tutorial for another day.

Video: How to set up an iCloud Mail custom email domain

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A few things to keep in mind

First and foremost, custom email domains for iCloud Mail is still a beta feature, and hence, is only available via beta.icloud.com at the moment. With this in mind, I don’t recommend hosting your custom domain with iCloud Mail for very important email addresses or mission-critical work. Keep in mind that these are just Apple’s recommended settings. Advanced users may have their own specific DNS record settings based on their needs.

iCloud hosted email is also limited to just five domains, and there is currently no wildcard support. In other words, you cannot yet set up a catch-all for emails sent to addresses that are not yet set up.

Guide: How to set up an iCloud Mail custom email domain

The first thing you’ll need to do before setting up a custom email domain is to own a custom domain. If you already have a domain, you’re already one step ahead of the game. If you don’t already own a domain, it’s super easy to purchase one using a domain registrar. I’ve been using Hover for years, and I highly recommend it, but you can use your registrar of choice.

Once you have a custom domain, you can proceed to set up your iCloud email with your custom domain.

Step 1: Log in to beta.icloud.com

Step 2: Scroll down until you see Custom Email Domain. Click the Manage button.

Step 3: On the Custom Email Domain page, select who will use the domain that you want to add. Choose Only You if you will be the only person using the domain and any associated email addresses. I’d you’d like to give family members access to use the domain and associated email addresses select You and your Family. In this tutorial, we’ll be following the Only You path, but the differences are few.

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