Remove a domain or domain alias

If you add a domain or domain alias to your organization's Google Account, then no longer want to use that domain 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, services such as Gmail and Calendar no longer accept mail or other messages sent to users in this account.

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

If the domain was added as a domain alias:

  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. From the Admin console dashboard, click Domains.

    If you don't see Domains on your dashboard, click More controls. Where is it?

  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. Click Remove in the row for the domain.
  6. Click Yes, remove domain to confirm that you want to remove the domain alias from your Google Account.
Remove a domain (not a domain alias)

If the domain was added as a separate domain with its own users and groups (not a domain alias):

  1. (Optional) Copy any site that was built in the domain using Google Sites, to another domain:
    1. Sign in as a user in the other domain.
    2. Follow instructions to copy a Google site to Google Apps.
    Deleting a domain deletes all Google Sites built in that domain. To avoid data loss, copy your sites to another domain.
  2. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  3. 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.

  4. From the Admin console dashboard, click Domains.

    If you don't see Domains on your dashboard, click More controls. Where is it?

  5. Click Add/remove domains.
  6. In the row for the domain, click Remove.
  7. Click Yes, remove domain to confirm that you want to remove the domain from your Google Account.

    If there are still users or groups with addresses in this domain, an error message appears and the domain is not 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 this 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.

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