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GoDaddy: Set up Google Apps MX records

Change your MX records to start using Gmail

You’re now ready to set up Gmail as your business email for your domain (yourcompany.com).

To do this, you have to direct the email for your domain to the Google Apps 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.

To get started, you sign in to your domain host, which manages technical settings for your domain. Then, you update the MX record settings to direct your email to your Google Apps account. If you're already using email with your domain, you'll start receiving messages in Gmail instead of at your old email provider.

If you purchased your domain from Google when you signed up for Google Apps, you don’t need to update anything and you can start using Gmail now. To start using Gmail, sign in at mail.google.com with your Google Apps username and password. If you’re already signed in to the Google Admin console, click the App Launcher icon in the top-right corner of the screen and then click Mail.
Before you start
Before updating your MX record settings, you should have already:
  • Verified that you own your domain.
  • Created user accounts for your team in Google Apps.

    If your team members already use email with your domain, you have to create their user accounts in Google Apps before you change the MX record settings for your domain. Otherwise, they won't be able to send or receive messages with their business address in Gmail. You can create accounts for new users later.

Let's get started

These instructions walk you through updating MX records to your GoDaddy® domain. GoDaddy not your domain host? See instructions for other hosts.

Open the Setup Wizard
  1. If you're still signed in to your Admin console, skip to step 2.

    If you signed out of your Admin console, sign in again by going to admin.google.com and entering your Google Apps email address (this email address ends with @yourcompany.com and is not an @gmail.com address) and your password.

  2. At the top of the Admin console, also called the dashboard, click Set up Gmail.

    Set up Gmail button

    If you don't see the Setup Wizard, you can still set up your MX records directly from your Admin console. To do so, first click Domains, and then click Add/remove domains. Next, click Set up Google MX records for your domain. Select your domain host from the drop-down list to see the instructions on how to set up your MX records.

    Set up Google MX records link

  3. Click Set up email to confirm.

     

    Set up email button

     

  4. You should now see the Log in to your domain host's website step in the Google Apps Setup Wizard. Continue to step 1 of the Setup Wizard instructions.

     

    Log in to your domain host’s website

Setup Wizard instructions

1. Sign in to your GoDaddy account
  1. Log in to the GoDaddy website at http://www.godaddy.com .

     

    If you don’t know your username and password, you can reset your password or contact GoDaddy support.
  2. In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I have successfully logged in box.

     

    I have successfully logged in

2. Go to your domain's DNS records
  1. In the GoDaddy site, click Domains.

  2. In the table, click the domain for your Google Apps. In this example, we'll use yourdomain.com, but you'll see your own domain name instead.
  3. On the Domain Details page, click the DNS Zone File tab.
  4. In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I have opened the control panel for my domain box.

     

    I have opened the control panel for my domain checkbox

3. Delete the existing MX records
  1. In the GoDaddy site, scroll down to the MX (mail exchanger) section.
  2. Click the Delete icon next to the first MX record.

     

     

  3. Repeat steps 1-2 until you have deleted all of the existing MX records. Don't worry, you'll be adding new MX records to point your email to your new Google Apps Gmail account in the next step.
  4. Scroll to the top of the page and click Save changes.
  5. In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I have deleted existing MX records box.

     

    I have deleted existing MX record checkbox

4. Add your new MX records

To direct your email to your Google Apps account, you have to add new MX records to your domain. These are the records that you'll need to add:

MX Server Address Priority
ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 1
ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 5
ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 5
ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 10
ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 10
Note: The values are the Google Apps mail servers, and we include five servers in case one fails or requires maintenance.

 

  1. Under Zone File, click Add Record
  2. Click the Record type dropdown list and select MX (Mail exchanger).

     

  3. In the Priority field, enter the corresponding priority from the table above. In this case, enter 1.
  4. In the Host field, enter an @ symbol. 
  5. In the Points to field, enter the first MX Server address from the table above (ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM). 
  6. Leave the TTL field with the default of 1 Hour.

  7. Click Add another.

  8. Repeat steps 3-7 for the other four MX records listed in the table.

  9. Click Finish.

  10. Click Save changes. Your page refreshes listing your new MX records.
  11.  In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I created MX records with these values box.

     

    I created MX records with these values checkbox

5. Complete MX records setup

 

In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I have saved the MX records box and then click Verify.

 

Verify button

 

Congratulations! Your business email for your domain has now been directed to the Google Apps mail servers.

To start using Gmail, sign in to admin.google.com with your Google Apps username and password, click the App Launcher icon in the top-right corner of the screen, and then click Mail.

Note: The change may take up to several hours to update, so you may not receive new email messages in Gmail immediately. Until then, if you have been using another service for your email, you'll continue to receive messages at your old email provider.

If you see the MX records setup validation in progress message on the Domains page for more than a few hours, check that the MX address records and priorities are entered correctly in your domain host.

You can also contact Google Apps Support to help guide you through changing your MX records for Gmail.

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