If you're like most of the 4 million people who bought an iPhone 4S this weekend, your decision to upgrade was based in part on iCloud, Apple's new cloud-based storage and backup system. But now that you have it, now what? To get fully integrated in iCloud, you'll need to make the move from Gmail. Here's how to get it done.
- Decide you want to make the move for sure. ICloud offers far less complimentary online storage than Gmail does—iCloud allows 5GB for all your data; Gmail gives you 7GB just for mail (but both allow you to buy more space for a monthly or annual fee).
- Update your online accounts & newsletter subscriptions. Any services that keep your email on file—Facebook, Twitter, your bank, your kids' PTA list serv, that dining club that sends you birthday coupons—all need to be updated. It seems like a daunting task, but most web services make it easy.
- Tell your friends. This one will take a bit longer to switch over than your Groupon account, but you need to keep your friends and family in the loop on your new address. Send an e-card announcing your switch and asking friends to update their contacts.
- Forward the rest of your mail. Gmail makes this easy. Under "Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP," enter your new @me.com email address. After a quick verification, Gmail allows you a few options for forwarding your mail to the new inbox, including deleting all messages from your Gmail Inbox or simply marking them as "Read."
- Update your email signature. If you've followed these steps, you should be all set up to use iCloud exclusively. All that's left to do is make it official and update your email signature—both on your Mac and in your iPhone—to include your new me.com identity.