From 20th September 2021, if you have an iCloud+ subscription, you can personalise your email account to take advantage of your personal domain name.
So instead of firstname.lastname@example.org you could have email@example.com.
It’s a much more professional looking email address and guaranteed to boost your reputation.
Plus, it makes it easier for your to separate your personal and work email addresses – but using the same inbox.
After you setup your domain, you can add any existing email addresses you already own.
You can also create new addresses, and you can use these new addresses for other services like FaceTime, Calendar, or to sign into website using your Apple ID.
It’s possible to add up to five domains per person, and create three separate email addresses per domain.
If you have Family Sharing activated, you can also share your email domain with them. Each family member can manage their own email addresses. Of course, this could be a good solution for small family businesses, but it’s really intended for personal use.
Configuring the domain name might be a bit daunting for some people, but if you’ve registered with Route 53, here’s an example of the Zone Records you’ll need to copy and paste.
You’ll need to include the priority as a number before each server record and include each server on a new line.
iCloud is simple, but some other provided (e.g. Gmail) may have multiple records displayed here with different piority. Essentially if one server is busy and can’t receive your email, the next server will receive it instead.
|iCloud Settings||MX Zone Record Equivalent|
The two separate TXT records that Apple provides are used by recipients of any emails that you send to verify that Apple is authorised to send emails using your domain on your behalf. It’s a bit like a public authorisation.
Because you may have multiple different services which require authorisation, you might already have an existing TXT record. You may only have one TXT per domain (or subdomain).
To include multiple TXT entries:
|iCloud Settings||TXT Zone Record Equivalent|
3. Add the CNAME record
Next, you’ll want to use the values that Apple provides, but create a CNAME record by referencing the host and the value keys separately.
|Your CNAME Host||Host is actually a prefix for a subdomain(remove “Host=”):|
|Your CNAME Value||Value becomes (remove “Value=”)|
4. Confirm the changes are correct
Afterwards, check all the settings are correct, and make sure that you haven’t inadvertently broken other important zone records which may impact other domain services such as your Website, or Mail Chimp campaigns, etc.
The changes you’ll want to see are highlighted below.