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- 11-29-2011, 01:31 PM #6iPhone Intermediate
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I love the alias option! I created an alias for all those website registrations, purchases, newsletters, etc that we all sign up for. It makes it easy to sort, not to mention I created a much shorter alias than my actual iCloud email address..Live, Laugh, Love and then there's...Apple!
"It Just Works!"
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- 12-16-2011, 06:50 PM #21iPhone Newbie
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A far easier and better solution!
There is a much easier and more functional way to create a REAL, new iCloud account-- even if you have an existing one.
Simply go into your settings, then Mail... hit "New mail account...", then choose iCloud from the very top. Enter all of your info and the email address you'd like... and then create it. Take a look at my other post below for more details and screenshots.
Beautiful. Now you've got a full-fledged iCloud email account with sync ability and everything. Aliases are very limited and shouldn't be used as "real" email accounts for full functionality!
This also would negate your problem mentioned about not being able to use an alias as an iMessage account, etc.
Here's the bad news about aliases:
You only get 3 (the average person)... and that's it. They're very limited, as all they do is basically forward email to your main iCloudfirstname.lastname@example.org account. They were never meant to be used as that.
Here's the bad. It is possible to delete alias accounts, but I'm pretty positive that once you delete an alias email, you can never use it again. This prevents somoene else from grabbing an email that you once had as an alias and then start receiving say... your account info or transaction info from places you've used that email at. It's a security thing.
So in creating a new iCloud account, you'll probably not be able to re-use anything you've entered previously as an alias... sorry.
One last tip, I did this for my other iDevice, which I plan to upgrade to iOS5 soon, but can't right now.... but I wanted to ensure that I got the email address I wanted for it. That's how I found this little neat trick out. At the very last step, it's going to ask you what all you want to sync. Since the new account will be EMPTY, I am not sure what effect leaving the syncing ON will do. I surely doubt that it would wipe out the contents of your main account with blank data, at worst case scenario it would MERGE them, and merging nothing with something = something. So my best guess is that it'll duplicate your first iCloud contents (or the contents on your device) over to that account. That'd be a great way to migrate to a new account, if that were the case.
Either way, I didn't press my luck. Just flip everything to OFF and hit cancel or whatever -- at that point you can actually just go to iCloud.com and login using your new email and password and get to everything there (and actually confirm it's a working, real account).
I'm not sure how many people know this, as I've never seen anyone talk about it anywhere else... so maybe keep it close -- it would suck if Apple closed that up and prevented us from being to do that in the future!
Toss me some approvals or Likes or whatever reputation points if I helped you please! I'm a newb! Though, I'm answering a lot of questions, so I hope I'm a welcome addition! :o
Last edited by static|divide; 12-16-2011 at 11:18 PM. Reason: Reason for asking?
- 12-16-2011, 09:45 PM #22
- 12-16-2011, 10:34 PM #23iPhone Newbie
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Ok, I have both accounts actually co-existing on my iPhone right now, only the second one has every option set to OFF.
So here's where I went.... Settings->Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then I get a list of my current accounts. I choose "Add Account..." at the bottom, hit iCloud, then at this point are you choosing "Get a Free Apple ID" or trying to enter something in the top Apple ID and password? I bet that's where you're going wrong at, from your description. The top, that's for existing accounts. You want to choose "Get a Free Apple ID" at the bottom, then go from there (it will first ask you some basic information like your country, DOB on the first screen).. then you hit Next... and take it from there. Please try that, and let me know your results or let me know if that's actually what you did.
I took screenshots of my setup to prove and show it:
NOTEName censored to protect the innocent and/or guilty.
NOTEThe reason Mail is set to off, is explained below, I forward all emails from my @me.com account to my Gmail account. I don't want to have to check two different places (or have the extra drain of my iPhone having to deal with another email server that I know is pointless).
NOTEThe main account screen. Shows that I do, indeed have two @me.com accounts on the same phone. This is verified by the fact that I can login to both via the web interface and setup contacts, calendars, etc independently.
I have iCloud email cut off, and Gmail account in there is ONLY checking mail and not syncing any calendars or contacts. I don't need to, that's being done by my iCloud account and I don't want to worry about two sources of contacts and calendars and what's going where and this and that. There's no "special motive" as to why it's set up like this -- it's just what works for me.
Last edited by static|divide; 12-16-2011 at 11:13 PM. Reason: nunya business! what's done is done!
- 12-17-2011, 07:20 AM #24
i see. you did not mention having to create another Apple ID in your original post. is there any disadvantage in having multiple Apple ID's? i apologize if you mentioned something about it already but your posts are rather lengthy
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