Aruba: Set up MX records

Tip! Only Google Workspace customers who want to use Gmail must change their MX records. You can skip this procedure and continue to use your current email provider with Google Workspace.

A Beginner's Guide to Signing up for Google Workspace

You’re now ready to set up Gmail as your business email for your domain (and, if you haven’t already, verify your domain).

To do this, you need to sign in to your domain host and direct the email for your domain to the Google Workspace servers. It’s like registering your new address with the post office when you move so that your mail gets delivered to the right place. We’ll walk you through the steps.

Before you begin

  • Verify that you own your domain.

    Or, you can verify now with an MX record. We’ll show you how while you're setting up the MX records.

  • Create user accounts in Google Workspace for your team.

    If your team members already use email with your domain (their email address ends with your domain), you have to create their user accounts in Google Workspace before you change any MX record settings. Otherwise, they won't be able to send or receive messages with their business address in Gmail.

Change your MX records to start using Google Workspace

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Step 1: Sign in to your domain host
  1. Leave the Google Admin console setup instructions open.
  2. Open a new browser tab or window and go to the control panel.
  3. Enter the username and password that you created when you opened your account.
  4. Click Enter.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact support.

Step 2: Go to your DNS records
  1. On the left of the dashboard, click Domainand thenDNS and Name Server Management.

    Domain > DNS and Name Server Management options are selected.

  2. For DNS and Name Server Management, click Manage DNS.

    The Manage DNS button is selected.

Step 3: Delete existing MX records
  1. Scroll down to MX Record and click Manage.

    The MX Record Manage button is selected.

  2. Choose Use Other Mail Server and click OK.
  3. For How do you plan to configure the MX Record, choose The MX Record redirects emails to external Servers.

    Use other Mail Server and The MX Record redirects emails to external Servers are selected.

Step 4: Add the Google Workspace MX records
To direct your email to your Google Workspace account, you have to add new MX records to your domain. These are the records that you need to add:
MX server address Priority
Important: Some registrars require you to add a period after the .COM in the MX server address.
  1. For Host, enter ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
  2. For Priority, choose Custom and select 1.
  3. Click Add Record to add the record to your domain’s MX records.

    The first MX record is added.

  4. Repeat steps 1–3, entering the remaining MX server address values from the table above and setting the Custom Priority values.

    All 5 MX records are added.

  5. Skip this step if you already verified your domain by another method (such as TXT or CNAME record).

    If you need to verify your domain:

    1. In the Admin console, scroll to the Get your verification code section and click the Copy button.

      The MX records table is shown and a red circle highlights the Copy button next to the MX verification record.
    2. Paste the value in the Value/Answer/Destination/Target column.
    3. Make sure the record's priority is set to Low or to 15 or greater.
    Note: If your registrar rejects the verification code, try deleting the period at the end of .com.
  6. When all MX records are added, click Continue.
  7. Click Save Configuration.

    Below the records tables, click Save Configuration.

  8. Click OK to confirm your new MX records.
Step 5: Tell Google to find your new MX records
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. Check the boxes to confirm:

    1. You've created accounts for all existing email addresses in your organization.

    2. You're ready to stop receiving messages at your old email provider and start receiving them in Google Workspace.

  3. Click Continue.

  4. Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click Activate Gmail.

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