MobileMe is Apple's "cloud" data storage and sync service that allows you to sync all your computers (both Mac and PC) and your iPhone and iPod touch. Your contacts, email and calendars are synchronized when you set up each device or computer with your MobileMe account. Here's how to use MobileMe with your computer running Windows. This article assumes you already have a free trial of MobileMe or a paid account.
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Things you need
- Computer running Windows (XP or Vista)
- MobileMe account
- Email client, Outlook 2007, 2003 or Outlook Express
Download and install iTunes. Make sure you get the latest version since that has the software required to use MobileMe with your PC.
Select "Start" and go to your "Control Panel."
Select "MobileMe Preferences."
On Vista, this is located in the "Network and Internet" area and on XP, the MobileMe preferences are in the "Network and Internet Connections" area.
Select the check box next to "Contacts" and in the drop-down menu, select the program you normally use to manage your addresses, emails and phone numbers.
Check off the check box next to "Calendars" and select the program you use as your calendar in the drop-down menu.
Check the check box next to "Bookmarks" if you want to sync your bookmarks as well, and select the web browser you use most often in the drop-down menu.
Hit the "Sync Now" button to synchronize your data. Double-check by logging into me.com and look at your Calendar and Contacts to see if they've been synced with the data on your PC.
How to Set Up Sync on Windows
Log into me.com to check your email from a web browser wherever you are, if you don't want to set up your email client.
Launch your email program. It's best if you use some variation of Outlook.
Go to your new account setup area on your email client. It's usually somewhere under the "Tools" menu and "Account Settings."
Use "IMAP" as the account or incoming mail server type.
Type in your email address as "firstname.lastname@example.org" in the email address field.
Enter your MobileMe account name in the "User Name" field. Don't type in the "@me.com" part.
Type in your MobileMe password in the password field, and if the option is there, select to remember the password.
Type in "mail.me.com" as your "Incoming Mail Server."
Enter "smtp.me.com" in the "Outgoing Mail Server" field. SMTP does require authentication, so make sure that this is selected as well. This is usually in the "Advanced" or "More Settings" area of your new account setup screen. You can now use MobileMe with your Windows PC!
How to Set Up MobileMe Email on Windows
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