Setting Up an @illinois.edu Email Account
After claiming your NetID, you will automatically be provided with a Microsoft Exchange Online (Outlook) email account. To access your email account, sign in with your NetID and the password you have set up.
Note: It may take from two to twenty-four hours after claiming your NetID before you can log in to your inbox.
You can set up a separate email account to receive all of your University-related email or choose to forward it to an already existing email account.
Accessing Your Student Email Account on a Mobile Device
You may access your student email account through your internet browser on your smartphone, but there are times when that is inconvenient. The other method is using an email client to access your email. You could use either the Gmail app or the default Email application on your smartphone. See an explanation of the instructions and details needed to use this setup.
Forwarding Your Email to an Existing Email Account
If you are a current student, the University does not recommend forwarding your @illinois.edu email account to a personal account. Forwarded email may be marked as spam or not delivered at all. Students who still would like to have their campus email forwarded should follow the instructions here.
Note: If you are trying to forward your email to your Google Apps @ Illinois account you must enter NetID@g.illinois.edu.
For more information regarding email go to Technology Service's page about email.