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.
- 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
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.
- At the top of the Admin console, also called the dashboard, click Set up Gmail.
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.
- Click Set up email to confirm.
- 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.
Setup Wizard instructions1. Sign in to your GoDaddy account
- Click the link in the wizard to open your domain host sign-in page in a new tab.
Note: If the wizard doesn’t provide a link to your domain, click here to open the GoDaddy® site in a new tab. The Setup Wizard remains open in the first tab.
- Sign in to GoDaddy.
- In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I have successfully logged in box.
- In the GoDaddy site, scroll down to Domains and click Manage.
- Click the domain name you want to verify with Google Apps. In this example, we'll use the domain td-gd.com, but you'll see your own domain name instead.
You're now in the GoDaddy domain control panel.
- Click the DNS Zone File tab.
- In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I have opened the control panel for my domain box.
- Scroll down the page until you reach the MX records portion of the control panel.
- Click the Trash icon next to each record to delete it. Delete all of the existing 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.
- Click Save Changes when all of the MX records have been deleted.
- In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I have deleted existing MX records box.
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|
- At the top of the page, under Zone File, click Add Record.
- From the Record type drop-down list, select MX (Mail Exchanger).
Enter @ in the Host field.
In the Points To field, enter the first MX Server address from the table above (ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM).
In the Priority field, enter the corresponding priority from the table above. In this case, enter 1.
Leave the TTL field with the default of 1 Hour.
Click the Add Another button.
Repeat steps 3-6 for the other four MX records listed in the table.
Click the Finish button. You will be prompted to save all 5 of your added MX records.
Click Save Changes. You'll see your new MX records in your control panel.
- In the Google Apps Setup Wizard, check the I created MX records with these values box.
Congratulations! Your business email for your domain has now been directed to the Google Apps mail servers.
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.