How to: Move from MobileMe to iCloud

Much has been made of Apple’s new cloud service, and that’s as it should be. It brings a new lease of life to iPhones, iPads and iPods (Touch only), and replaces the over-priced and ancient MobileMe service. MobileMe will cease to exist from next summer, but, if you want to take advantage of Apple’s new service in the sky without having to create a new “” email address you’ll be pleased to know it’s relatively simple to move across.

1. Update your Mac software to the latest version, OS X 10.7.2. You can do this by running a software update through System Preferences. The latest version of Mac OS X includes the iCloud feature enabling you store emails, contacts, calendars, apps, iWork documents etc.

2. Update you iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch OS to the latest, iOS 5. It’s available now and can be downloaded the usual way, through iTunes.

3. Head over to This opens up a page which enables you to move your MobileMe account over to iCloud. Here you’ll notice it asks if you have iOS 5 on your iDevice(s) and iCloud on your Mac. (Hence why this how to guide started with those two. Go through the screens, check the boxes and agree to the terms and that should be you all done.

Let us know if you have any problems. I keep getting this screen while attempting it, but others have switched smoothly with no issues at all.

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  • Murrayjack

    i get this “please try again later” screen too, I guess its just busy at the moment

  • so! i received the same msg over and over when trying as well. i switched over to firefox from safari and it worked perfectly, go apple!

  • PB

    i guet same screen, suspect very busy

  • Screenchef

    I was getting that message as well for hours. I was using Chrome and decided to try Safari instead. It worked… so my stuff got transfered. Not exactly sure if that was coincidence or if using safari made a difference!

  • derek

    Attempted once and got the error.  Refreshed the page and started process again and it worked.  

  • Try again later! An Apple employee told me on the phone yesterday, they’ve given preference to 3rd party Apple ID accounts. Meaning, if your Apple ID is tied to a non .me account e.g. gmail, yahoo, comcast, etc. then you get preference in setting up iCloud. Those of us that are trying to transfer our Mobile Me accounts that are tied to .me accounts, will have to wait. He said the reasoning was that the majority of Apple ID’s are not .me accounts and that it serves Apple best to give preference to the majority of the users. All that being said, I was however able to get my Mobile Me account (tied to a .me account) to transfer over late last night.