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Remove a domain or domain alias

If you add a domain or domain alias to your organization's Google Account that you no longer want to use with Google services, remove the domain from your account. You must also remove a domain to use it with another Google Account. After you remove the domain, users in your account no longer receive mail or other messages sent to the domain. 

When you remove a domain, any configured custom From: address associated with the domain is also removed from the user's settings. To continue sending email from an address on the domain, you'll need to set up a new custom From: address in Gmail. Learn about sending mail from a different address or alias.

Before removing a domain: If the domain's MX records currently point to Google mail servers, update the domain's MX records so they point to another valid mail server. Otherwise, all messages sent to users in the domain will be bounced back to the sender.

Remove a domain

Remove a domain alias

To remove a domain that was added as a domain alias:

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console dashboard, go to Domains.

    To see Domains, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click Add/remove domains.
  4. Locate the domain in the list. If it isn't listed as a domain alias, follow these instructions instead.
  5. In the row for the domain alias, click Remove. For a test domain alias, click Deactivate.
  6. Click Remove to confirm.
Remove a domain (not a domain alias)
Use Google Sites? Removing a domain permanently deletes any sites built in that domain. Before removing the domain, copy any sites that you want to save to another Google domain:
  1. Sign in as a user in the other domain.
  2. Follow instructions to copy a classic site.

To remove a domain that was added to your account with its own users and groups (not a domain alias):

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Remove all user accounts, email aliases, and groups from the domain.

    Tip: At the top of the Admin console, use the Search accounts box to find any remaining users, aliases, or groups.

  3. From the Admin console dashboard, go to Domains.

    To see Domains, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  4. Click Add/remove domains.
  5. If there's a domain alias or test domain alias associated with the domain you're removing, in the row next to them, click Remove or Deactivate and confirm.
  6. In the row for the domain, click Remove.
  7. Click Remove again to confirm.

    If there are still users or groups with addresses in this domain or if this domain still has a domain-level alias, you get an error message and thedomain isn't removed.

Remove your account's primary domain

You can't remove the primary domain you used when you signed up for your account. If you no longer want to use your primary domain with Google services, or if you want to add the domain to another Google Account, you must first delete your organization's Google Account.

Reusing your domain

Once you remove a domain or domain alias, you can't add users or groups to it, or use it in email addresses, in this account. However, you can use the domain's name to sign up for a new Google Account. Or you can add the domain to another Google Account. You can then add the domain's users or use the domain in email addresses, in the other account.

Typically you can reuse a domain's name in another account within 30 minutes of removing it. However, if the domain had a lot of user accounts or data associated with it, you might need to wait up to 24 hours before you can use it with another Google Account.

If you need to reuse the domain immediately: Make sure you delete all users' email aliases that use the domain. Note that Google automatically creates an email alias with the domain for any user account you rename. 

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