Monkey Techno Quick Take – Apple Two Factor ID with non-Apple Mail Clients

Such a long name for a quick article.  If you setup your own iCloud email account, which is a good thing given it’s free if you have a Mac and Apple will not scan your emails for ad opportunities (I’m talking to you, Google and Gmail), then you’ll want to download email from your account to a thick client (most likely).

Using Apple’s 2-factor login process is a smart and reasonably secure way to lock down your accounts from hacking.

Using this method, when you log into an Apple service from one device, you have to type in a unique code generated on one of your other devices.

If you want a free iCloud email address (assuming you already have an Apple ID), follow these instructions: Getting An iCloud Email Address

But if you try to use a non-Apple email client (e.g. Thunderbird, Outlook, etc.), how does this work?

Here’s your two-part answer:

  1. First you need to get an Application specific authentication code from Apple using this article (Using App Specific Passwords).  Copy and paste this password to somewhere you can re-paste it in Step 2 below.
  2. Next you setup your mail client using these settings (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202304) and the Application Specific password you received in Step #1.

That’s it!

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