Dreamhost: 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 Appsand then Gmail 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. 

  • If you’re in the Setup Wizard, go to the Add G Suite MX records instructions. If you don’t have the wizard open, sign in to the G Suite Setup Wizard. The wizard will help you tell Google to find your new MX records and direct your mail to Gmail.

Change your MX records to start using G Suite

Step 1: Sign in to your domain host

  1. Open a new browser window and go to the Dreamhost® site.
  2. Enter the email address and password you created when you purchased your domain from Dreamhost.
  3. Click Sign in.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact Dreamhost support.

Step 2: Go to your DNS records

  1. On the left, click Domains and then Manage Domains.

    Manag Domains

  2. Scroll down the screen until you see the domain that you want to set up with Gmail.
  3. Under the domain name, click DNS to view the settings for your domain.

    DNS is selected under the domain name.

    Note: If you see a warning message about changing your DNS settings, disregard it. Adding the MX records won’t damage your website or DNS settings.

  4. Scroll down to the Add a custom DNS record section and click Go here.

    The Go Here! link is selected

Step 3: Add the G Suite 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 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. We include 5 servers in case one fails or requires maintenance.
  1. Next to the domain you want to set up with Gmail, click Edit.

    The Edit button is to the right of the domain name.

  2. Scroll down to Google Apps and click I’m ready to use Google Apps now.

    I"m ready to use Google Apps now! button

    Your Google MX records get added automatically.

Step 5: Tell Google to find your new MX records

  1. In the first tab or window, return to the G Suite Setup Wizard.
  2. Click through any confirming steps in the wizard.
  3. Click Verify or I have completed these steps to tell Google to look for your new MX records.

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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