SCOM0724 – Tip – iCloud.com on iOS

SCOM0724 – Tip – iCloud.com on iOS


(music) – [Don] Hi, this is Don McAllister and welcome to another weekly tip video. Back in episode 7.2, I
covered setting up and using Apple mail rules on iOS. In order to set up
centralised Apple mail rules, it’s necessary to log in to iCloud.com. I mentioned that if you
try to access iCloud.com on iOS, you only get
access to this screen. By default, you can’t login to iCloud.com on mobile’s Safari on an iOS device. However, thanks to some
eagle-eyed screencasting live viewers, it transpires that you can. The reason for seeing
this cut down version of the iCloud.com home page
is that it’s the mobile version of the site and to be honest, it doesn’t fully support
the desktop size on mobile, but if you need to get in just
to access the preferences, you can do. So, to get into the mail
rules if you want to set up mail rules, you can go to mail. It does take you into mail
but it’s not that usable to be honest because if I go to, here say, you’ll see
that the message itself is sort of off the screen. We can’t change the size
of the columns or anything. So, really, it’s only
meant using it this way to go into your preferences
to set up your mail rules or any of the other preferences
that you have within iCloud. So if I tap on the cog at the bottom, let’s go straight to rules. So, there are my rules and now, I can just follow the guidance
that I gave you in the previous show to set up
centralised mail rules on iOS. Of course, as I mentioned
before, the beauty of this is that you don’t have
to have your Mac or your iOS device switched on. Any mail coming in that
conforms to the rules that you set will be acted upon at the iCloud server level. So, at this point, if I
wanted to, I could go in and edit a rule. So, if I just tap on the
iSounds rule, number three, tap on here, allows me to go in and change the rules itself. I won’t change that for now. We’ll say cancel. Then, to add a new rule, just tap on here to add a rule and then I can go ahead, put the keyboard out of the way. If a message is From, or for my dropdown, this says addressed
to, Cc’d to, et cetera. Let’s just tap away from there. The email address, now currently I have an email highlighted in my
inbox from dropboxmail.com. So let’s pick that up but I
can over type that if I want. Then move to a folder or any
of the other options here. But I’ll just say cancel to that for now. Now, you are very limited
as to what you can do at this point. Some of the other things you could do, for instance, might be
to set up your holiday automatic reply so we
can put a start date in and put an end date in. Then, we can also add a holiday message and then tap on the automatically reply to messages when they are received. There are some composing options here, which we can go in and check or uncheck. But there are some limitations. For instance, if I go to accounts, this shows me the
aliases, the mail aliases that I have already set
up on my iCloud account. You can have up to three. Now, this is useful if you
don’t want to give away your primary iCloud address, your primary iCloud email
address to a third party. What you can do in here
is to create an alias and then give them that email address that you can use to sign up for say, a newsletter or something? Then if you decide that
you don’t want that particular address to
be used or if you find that they’ve sold on that email address and you’re starting to get
junk email to that alias, you can go in here and
you can delete the alias or at least you can do on the Mac. It looks as though this particular panel isn’t functioning properly using
the desktop version on iOS. So, for instance, if I
went to add an alias, if I tap on that link, unfortunately that link isn’t working. So again, this method
of accessing iCloud.com is really only intended, I
don’t think it’s even intended, I think it’s just a workaround
to allow you to get in on an iOS device, set up your rules, perhaps set up your holiday message and pretty much, that’s about it. Just finish off. There is a general option here as well which you probably can alter. So, if I tap on here, yep. So, these checkboxes do work. Again, stick to rules and
accessing your holiday messages from here and you should
be good on an iOS device. So, thanks to Barry Fredrickson
and Dominic Adrichio for taking the time to let me
know about this workaround. But that’s it for this week’s tip video. We’ll be back on Friday with a full ScreenCastsOnline tutorial,
so we’ll speak to you then. (music)

Dereck Turner

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