Moving from iPhone to Android : How to Sync iCloud Mail



Contrary to what one might think, Apple’s iCloud mail, calendars and contacts will indeed work with our Republic (and other) Android phones.

There are a couple of prerequisites:

  1. Turn on two factor authentication for your Apple ID. Please see Apple’s documentation here: Two-factor authentication for Apple ID.
  2. Generate app specific password(s). Apple describes that in this document: Using app-specific passwords.

The best way to use iCloud mail is Google’s Gmail app already on one’s phone. Here’s how to set up Gmail:

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Tap three stacked lines upper left.
  3. Scroll to, then tap Settings.
  4. Tap Add account.
  5. Tap Other.
  6. Enter your iCloud email address in the format of
  7. Enter the app specific password, generated at Apple’s website.

If you’ve been an Apple user for some time, you may be aware Apple first branded its cloud services as .Mac and later MobileMe. Consequently, you may have a legacy and/or email address. Unfortunately, Gmail dislikes and addresses. Fortunately, it’s easy to work around.

Some background, originated when Apple branded its cloud services as .Mac. Then Apple rebranded .Mac as MobileMe and we gained addresses. Finally, Apple settled on iCloud and email addresses. Apple had the foresight to map both and email addresses to email addresses. In other words, if your email address were or, then goes to the same mailbox. You don’t need to tell others to stop sending email to you at or, Apple takes care of and redirects everything sent to or to in the background.

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