Register.com: Set up G Suite MX records

Important: If you purchased your domain from Google when you signed up for G Suite, you don’t need to set up Gmail. You can start using it now. If you’re signed in to your G Suite account, in the top right, click the App Launcher and thenGmail Gmail.

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 G Suite 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 G Suite 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 G Suite 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 G Suite

Step 1: Sign in to your domain host
  1. Leave the Google Admin console setup instructions open.
  2. Open a new tab or browser window and go to the Register.com site.
  3. On the Register.com site, at the top, click Manage Account
    Leave My Account Manager in the Log In to field.

    Manage Account button

  4. Enter the username and password that you created when you purchased your domain from Register.com.
  5. Click Secure Login.
    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact Register.com support.

    Secure Login button

 

Step 2: Go to the Register.com domain settings
  1. On the Register.com site, under Account Dashboard, point to Domains.

    Account Dashboard

  2. Click Manage.

    Manage link

  3. Under Account Manager/Domains, next to the domain you want to change MX records for, click Manage.

    domain Manage option

  4. Under Advanced Technical Settings, click Edit Mail Exchanger Records.

    Edit Mail Exchanger Records

Step 3: Delete existing MX records

If your domain does not have any MX records, you can skip to step 4.

Before you add MX records for G Suite, you need to delete any existing MX records associated with your domain.

  1. On Register.com's edit MX records page, next to all existing MX records, check the Delete box and click Continue.

    MX delete checkbox

  2. Review your changes and click Continue.
Step 4: Add new MX records

To direct your email to your G Suite account, you have to add new MX records to your domain. The values below are the G Suite mail servers. We include 5 servers in case one fails or requires maintenance.

MX server address Priority
ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM High
ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Medium
ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Medium
ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Low
ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Low
  1. On Register.com's MX records page, click Add more MX records until you have 6 open fields.

    Add more MX records link

  2. Under Host Name, enter @.

    MX Host Name field

  3. Under Priority, from the list, select High.

    MX Priority Field menu options

  4. Under Mail Server, enter ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
    Do not include a period (.) at the end of the MX record.

    MX Mail Server field

  5. Repeat Steps 2–4, entering the remaining values (MX Server address) from the table above. For the remaining records, set the Priority to Medium, Medium, Low, and Low.All MX records added, click Continue button.
  6. To submit your new MX records, click Continue.

  7. Review your new records and click Continue.
    If you make a mistake after adding a record, you can delete it from the main page and add it again.

Step 5: Tell Google to find your new MX records
  1. Open the Admin console. If necessary, click the link at the top of the page to continue setting up the Admin console.

    A red circle highlights the "Set up Admin Console. Click here to get started." option at the top of the Admin console.

  2. Navigate to the Activate Gmail page. 

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Activate Gmail.

    A red circle highlights the Activate Gmail button on the bottom right of the MX records table.

Congratulations! Your business email for your domain is now directed to the G Suite mail servers.

Note:

  • The records can take several hours to update, so you might not immediately get new email messages in Gmail. Until then, you'll continue to receive messages at your old email provider.
  • If you see the MX records setup validation in progress message in the Admin console for more than a few hours, make sure you entered the MX address records and priorities correctly in the DNS records stored with your host.
  • If you still need help changing your MX records, contact G Suite support.
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