How do I access my old iCloud email?

Quick Answers

Here are some quick answers to common questions about accessing old iCloud email:

Can I still access my old iCloud email account?

Yes, you can still access email in your old iCloud account as long as you remember the Apple ID and password.

How do I sign in to my old iCloud account?

Go to and click Sign in. Enter your Apple ID and password to access your account.

What if I forgot the password for my old iCloud account?

You can reset your password by going to and entering your Apple ID. You’ll be able to reset the password and regain access.

Can I merge two iCloud accounts?

No, Apple does not allow merging two iCloud accounts. You’ll need to keep them separate.

How far back can I view old emails in iCloud?

iCloud provides access to emails going back for one year. Older emails may no longer be available.

Accessing an Old iCloud Email Account

If you previously used an iCloud email account that you no longer actively use, you may still need to access old emails in that account. As long as you remember the Apple ID and password associated with the account, you can sign in and view emails going back approximately one year.

Here are the steps to access your old iCloud email account:

  1. Go to and click the “Sign in” link at the top right.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password for the old account when prompted.
  3. If you’ve forgotten the password, use the “Forgot password?” link to reset it before signing in.
  4. Once signed in, click the Mail icon.
  5. This will open your iCloud email inbox. Navigate through folders or use search to find old messages.

One thing to keep in mind is that iCloud only retains emails going back approximately one year. If you need to access emails older than that, they may no longer be available in iCloud.

Resetting a Forgotten iCloud Password

If you can’t remember the password for your old iCloud account, you can reset it to regain access.

Follow these steps to reset an iCloud password:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the Apple ID for the account.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. Select how you want to reset the password:
    • Get an email reset link
    • Answer security questions
    • Have reset link sent to trusted device
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the reset.
  6. Once your password has been reset, sign in to iCloud to access your account.

Resetting your iCloud password will allow you to sign in again and view old emails.

Viewing Old iCloud Emails on iOS Devices

In addition to signing in online, you can also access old emails from your iCloud account right on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

To view old iCloud emails on an iOS device:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on your name at the top of the menu.
  3. Tap iCloud.
  4. Sign in with your Apple ID and password if required.
  5. Tap Mail.
  6. Toggle on the iCloud Mail switch if it’s turned off.
  7. Open the Mail app to access your messages.

This will enable the iCloud Mail account on your iOS device so you can view past messages right in the Mail app. Again, emails are only retained for about one year before being deleted from iCloud.

Can You Merge iCloud Accounts?

A common question when accessing an old iCloud account is whether you can merge it with a newer account. Unfortunately, Apple does not allow you to merge two separate iCloud accounts.

The only way to consolidate emails and data from two accounts is to manually move the content from one account to the other. This means:

  • Downloading old emails from the old account.
  • Transferring photos/videos to your computer.
  • Using “export” features for contacts, calendars, bookmarks, etc.
  • Manually re-uploading everything to the newer account.

This can be tedious if you have a lot of data in the old account. But Apple does not provide a tool to automatically merge or consolidate two iCloud accounts.

If you’re using two accounts actively, you’ll need to continue switching between them when you want to access certain content. There’s no way to view both accounts simultaneously through a single login.

In most cases, the simplest solution is to keep using your newer primary iCloud account and only access the old one when you specifically need to retrieve older data or emails.

What To Do If You Can’t Access Your Old Account

In some cases, you may find that you’re completely unable to access your old iCloud account. This can happen if:

  • You forgot the Apple ID and cannot reset the password.
  • The account has been deactivated by Apple.
  • You no longer have access to trusted devices or phone numbers.

If you cannot recover access to the account through resetting your password, here are a few things you can try:

  • Contact Apple Support. Explain that you cannot access your old account. They may be able to assist with recovery.
  • Use account recovery. This is a self-service account recovery process that Apple provides. It will prompt you to verify your identity to regain account access.
  • Try signing in on older devices. Sometimes you may still be signed in on old phones, tablets, or computers where you used the account. You may be able to recover data this way.

As a last resort, if you cannot regain access to your iCloud account through any method, the data may be lost for good. This demonstrates the importance of always maintaining access to old accounts you may need.


Accessing an old iCloud email account is straightforward as long as you have the Apple ID and password. When signing in with an older account, keep in mind that iCloud only retains emails for about one year.

If you’ve forgotten account details, use the password reset process to regain access. Just remember that Apple does not allow merging two iCloud accounts. You’ll have to manually transfer data between them.

With the proper login credentials, you should be able to view and retrieve older emails and information from your iCloud account. Just be sure to record Apple IDs and passwords so you can access the account when needed.