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Old 18 Jan 2017, 01:31 PM   #1
jeffpan
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can iCloud fetch pop mail from other providers?

I always use icloud email from my iphone, though the service itself is not solid enough.
But I have several other accounts in different providers as well.
My question is,can I setup icloud to fetch other accounts via pop, like what gmail does?

Thanks.
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Old 20 Jan 2017, 05:46 AM   #2
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Sadly, the short answer is no.

Apple expanded the features of its mail service for a brief while when it was MobileMe, allowing a bit more variety in aliases as well as POP fetch, but after it became iCloud they basically clawed back on most of that. It's a disappointingly basic email service these days, and I use mine for nothing other than testing stuff.

About the only value to using an iCloud Mail account on your iPhone is access to push e-mail, but even that's not as well-implemented as it should be. I use FastMail now on my iPhone, in the native iOS Mail app, and it supports full push it actually does a better job than iCloud does in that regard in that it can push secondary IMAP folders other than the INBOX, and actually reconciles changes (e.g. read/deleted/flagged messages, not just new messages).
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