Dreamhost: Set up MX records

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.

A Beginner's Guide to Signing up for 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

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 Dreamhost site.
  3. Enter the email address and password you created when you purchased your domain from Dreamhost.
  4. 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 Domainsand thenManage Domains.

    Manage 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.

    A red circle highlights the DNS option 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 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
Important: Some registrars require you to add a period after the .COM in the MX server address.
  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 Custom MX Records and place your cursor in the first MX Record field.
  3. Enter 1 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
  4. Repeat step 3 for the remaining 4 MX records, entering the priority, a space, and then the record from the table above.
  5. Skip this step if you already verified your domain by another method (such as TXT or CNAME record).

    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.

    All 5 MX records have been added to the Dreamhost DNS records.

  6. Click Update your custom MX records now!
Step 4: Tell Google to find your new MX records
  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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