DNS Park: 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 DNS Park website at https://www.dnspark.net.

    Two browser windows are shown. Window 1 is for the domain host site, and window 2 is for the Google Setup Wizard.

    Whenever you see the Apps icon in these instructions, you'll complete that step in the G Suite Setup Wizard.
  3. On the DNS Park site, enter your Email Address or Username and Password that you created when you opened your DNS Park account. 

    DNS Park Control Center Login Window

  4. Click Sign In.

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

Step 2: Go to the DNS Park domain settings
  1. In the DNS Park site, click DNS, then select Show All

    DNS tab > Show All option

If your don't have a DNS Hosting service, you'll have to purchase and activate one before you can continue. 
  1. Click the domain you'd like to use with Google Workspace.
  2. Since DNS Park is your hosting service, and not your domain registrar, be sure that your domain points to DNS Park's nameservers. This will allow your MX record configuration to take effect.
Step 3: Delete existing MX records
  1. Check the Del box next to all existing MX records.

    The Del checkbox is selected to delete the MX record

  2. Click Update All to delete all of the MX records. Don't worry, you'll add new ones in the next steps.
Step 4: Add 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'll 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. Select MX from the Type drop-down list. 

    MX is selected on the Type drop-down list.

  2. Enter @ in the Mail Domain field.
  3. Leave the default value of 3600 in the TTL (time to live) field.
  4. Enter a priority of 1 in the Order field.
  5. Enter ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM. in the Mail Server field.
  6. Click Update All

    The record has been added.

  7. Repeat Steps 1 - 6, entering the remaining values (MX Server Address) from the table above, and setting the Priority values respectively in the Order field.  

    All the MX records have been added.

  8. 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.
Step 5: 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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