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GoDaddy: Set up G Suite 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 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.

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 G Suite 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 G Suite, 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 G Suite username and password. If you’re already signed in to the Google Admin console, click the App Launcher App Launcher in the top-right corner of the screen and then click Gmail Gmail .
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 G Suite.

    If your team members already use email with your domain, you have to create their user accounts in G Suite 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 G Suite 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 G Suite 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. Click the domain you want to set up with G Suite. In this example, we'll use yourdomain.com, but you'll see your own domain name instead.
  3. Click Manage DNS next to your domain.
  4. In the G Suite 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, click scroll down to the MX (mail exchanger) section.
  2. Click Edit  next to any existing MX record.
  3. Click Delete  next to the record.
  4. Click Delete to confirm.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for all other MX records.
  6. In the G Suite 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 G Suite 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 G Suite mail servers, and we include five servers in case one fails or requires maintenance.

 

  1. At the bottom of the Records section, click Add
  2. Click the Type drop-down list and select MX.
  3. In the Host field, enter @
  4. In the Points to field, enter ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
  5. In the Priority field, enter 1
  6. Leave the default value in the TTL field.

  7. Click Save.

  8. Repeat steps 1-7, entering the remaining values (MX Server address) from the table above, and setting the Priority values respectively.

  9. If you need to verify your domain, repeat the steps above to add the unique MX verification record provided by the G Suite setup wizard. Copy the entire record (ends in mx-verification.google.com)and paste it into the Value/Answer/Destination/Target column. Make sure this record's priority is set to Low or with a number of 15 or greater.

    Skip this step if you've already verified by another method (like TXT record, HTML file, or meta tag). This MX record verifies your domain.

    MX records table with the verification record at the top.

  10.  In the G Suite 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 G Suite 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 G Suite mail servers.

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

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 G Suite Support to help guide you through changing your MX records for Gmail.

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