GoDaddy: Activate Gmail for Google Workspace

Tip! Only Google Workspace customers who want to use Gmail must change their MX records. You can skip this procedure and continue to use your current email provider with Google Workspace.

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 Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace 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

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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 GoDaddy site.
  3. Enter the username or customer number and password you created when you purchased your domain from GoDaddy.
  4. Click Sign In.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can retrieve your username or reset your password.

Step 2: Go to your DNS records
On the My Products page, next to the domain for which you want to set up Gmail, click DNS.

DNS button is selected.

Step 3: Delete existing MX records
  1. In the Records table, next to an existing MX record, click the Edit "" to open the record.
  2. To the right of the record, click Delete "". Don’t worry, you’ll add new MX records later.
  3. In the confirmation window, click Delete.
  4. Repeat steps 1–3 until all existing MX records are removed.
Step 4: Add the new MX records
To direct your email to your Google Workspace account, you have to add new MX records to your domain. These are the records that you 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
Important: Some registrars require you to add a period after the .COM in the MX server address.
  1. At the bottom of the Records table, click Add.
  2. From the Type list, select MX.
  3. In the Host field, enter @.
  4. In the Points to field, enter aspmx.l.google.com. Don’t include a period at the end of the record.
  5. In the Priority field, enter 1.

    All fields of the MX record are completed.

  6. In the TTL field, leave the default value.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Repeat steps 1–7, entering the remaining MX server address values from the table above and setting the Priority values. You’ll see your new MX records in the Records table.

    All 5 MX records have been added to the Records table.

  9. Skip this step if you already verified your domain by another method (such as TXT record, HTML file, or meta tag).

    If you need to verify your domain:

    1. In the Admin console, scroll to the Get your verification code section and click the Copy button.

      The MX records table is shown and a red circle highlights the Copy button next to the MX verification record.
    2. Paste the value in the Value/Answer/Destination/Target column.
    3. Make sure the record's priority is set to Low or to 15 or greater.
    Note: If your registrar rejects the verification code, try deleting the period at the end of .com.
Step 5: Tell Google Workspace you're ready to activate Gmail
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Check the boxes to confirm:

    1. You've created accounts for all existing email addresses in your organization.

    2. You're ready to stop receiving messages at your old email provider and start receiving them in Google Workspace.

  3. Click Continue.

  4. Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click Activate Gmail.




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