In 2021, Apple upgraded its iCloud subscription to iCloud+ which offers premium features like Private Relay, Hide My Email, Custom Email Domain, and HomeKit Secure Video, along with existing features, without any additional cost.
Later the company introduced support for a personalized email address with iCloud Mail for iCloud+ subscribers in iOS 16. The feature allows users to create custom domains to manage their email addresses from one inbox.
Now, users can register or purchase a new domain name directly from the Settings app in iOS 16. Previously, users had to log in to iCloud.com to purchase a new domain.
Here is how to register a new domain name in the Settings app in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16
Users must be 18 years or older, have an Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled and a primary iCloud Mail email address set up to use a custom email domain. To buy or register for a new email domain via an iPhone or iPad, it must be upgraded to iOS 16 or later or iPadOS 16 or later.
- Open the Settings app and tap on your *Apple ID name on top of the UI.
- Tap on the iCloud option and select the iCloud Mail option.
- Next, tap on the Custom Email Domain and tap Continue.
- Select the ‘Buy a Domain” option to use for your custom email addresses.
- Enter the domain name you want to purchase and tap Search.
- If your domain is available, pricing options appear.
- Select a domain and follow the onscreen step to complete the purchase.
Apple states that users must contact third-party handles for each domain’s billing purposes. “A third-party registrar handles the sale of each domain. For billing or refund issues, contact them for support.”
iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 are compatible with the following devices:
- iPhone 8 and newer models
- iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generation)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st generation)
- 11-inch iPad Pro (4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st generation)
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (10th, 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th and 5th generation)
- iPad mini (6th, and 5th generation)
- iPad Air (5th, 4th and 3rd generation)