Set up MX records

To use Gmail with Google Apps, you must set up your domain's MX records to direct mailflow to Google mail servers. You set up MX records using the administration tools at your domain host, not the Google Admin console. If you purchased your domain from a Google partner while signing up for Google Apps, you don't have to set up MX records as described here since we already did that for you.

The exact steps for your host might vary. Below you can find generic steps that apply for any host as well as specific instructions for several popular hosts.

Important: Before you switch your MX records...

Before switching your MX records to direct your mail to Google Apps, you need to enable your email service and add users to your account. For a complete list of setup steps, see Get started with Gmail.

We also suggest you see these tips to avoid bounced messages.

Set up MX records (host-specific steps)

Before following our generic steps, see if you can find specific steps for your domain host.

Set up MX records (generic steps)
  1. Sign in to your domain's account at your domain host. Who is my domain host?
  2. Locate the page for updating your domain's DNS records.

    The page might be called something like DNS Management, Name Server Management, or Advanced Settings.

  3. Locate the MX records for your domain. You may already have one or more MX records resembling:
    Name/Host/Alias Time to Live (TTL) Record Type Priority Value / Answer / Destination
    Blank or @ 86400 MX 10
    Blank or @ 86400 MX 20
  4. Update the existing MX records to point to Google mail servers by entering these MX record values. If necessary, create new MX records to include a record for each server listed on this page.
  5. Delete any MX records not pointing to our servers, or give them a lower priority than the Google server records.
  6. Save your changes and wait until they take effect.

MX record changes can take up to 72 hours to go into effect, but they typically happen much sooner.

Need help? To begin, see Troubleshoot MX records. If you still need help after that, or if you can't access your domain's DNS settings, contact your domain host directly for assistance.

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