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Imail and Umail

Important: UITS is preparing to retire the Imail service, and users can no longer create new Imail accounts. Current users are not affected at this time, and will be given at least six months' notice before Imail is discontinued. For more information, see About the Imail retirement.

Indiana University students have two options for email and other online communication services: Imail (powered by Microsoft) and Umail (powered by Google).

Eligibility and creating accounts

All students are eligible to create Umail accounts by following the appropriate instructions below:

IU faculty and staff are not eligible for Umail accounts.

Things to consider about Imail and Umail

  • Your full IU email address contains your Network ID username and your campus domain regardless of the system you choose, because your preferred email address determines where you receive IU mail. Your reply-to address, however, reflects the mail service (e.g.,  username@imail.iu.edu  or  username@umail.iu.edu ).

  • You are required to establish an IU email account and read email sent from IU faculty and administration; see official communications information.

  • You manage your mail account settings, such as your preferred email address, through the Account Management Service (AMS).

  • While you are an enrolled student, advertisements do not appear in the IU-customized systems. After you graduate, you will have the option of keeping your account, at which time ads will appear.

  • Any accounts with Google Gmail or Microsoft email that you already have or create in the future remain separate from your Umail or Imail account.

Important: Many students are employed in some capacity by Indiana University and use email in their employment, either to communicate with their co-workers and supervisors or to carry out their job responsibilities. Because Imail and Umail accounts are hosted by vendors external to IU, student employees may use these accounts to conduct university business only if they do not receive or transmit any sensitive data via these accounts. See Student use of email for work-related purposes.

Getting help

The Support Center provides help for all IU mail systems, including Imail and Umail. Both Microsoft and Google also offer 24/7 support.

Learn how to use Imail and Umail with free self-study tutorials and demonstrations from IT Training.

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Last modified on March 13, 2014.

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