Customize a Google service address

You can make it easy for users to find your core Google Apps services by creating custom web addresses—also know as URLs—to each service. For example, with a custom address, users can sign in to their Gmail account at mail.yourdomain.com instead of at the longer default address mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com. You can create a custom address for several core Google Apps services, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Sites, and more.

Create a custom web address

How to customize a service address
  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. From the dashboard, click Company Profile > Custom URLs.
  3. If necessary, click Change URL. Then fill in the form to create a custom address for each available service, typing a prefix for each new web address. Sample prefixes for Google services include mail, calendar, docs, sites, and groups.

  4. Click Save changes.
  5. Follow instructions that appear to add a CNAME record with your domain host. add a record for each service whose address you're customizing. For example, to create the Gmail address mail.yourdomain.com, add a CNAME record that points mail to ghs.googlehosted.com

    Adding a CNAME record requires logging in to your account at your domain host's website, not with Google. (You might have already done this to verify your domain, in which case you'll find the steps are similar.) For step-by-step instructions, see Add a CNAME record

  6. Click I've completed these steps.
Requirements and restrictions

Using multiple domains? You can create custom addresses only for users in your primary domain—that is, the domain you used when signing up for your Google enterprise account. Users who sign in with any other domain you've added to your account must instead access services using the default address. To learn more, see Add users from another domains.

To transfer a custom address you've already created to point to a different service, you must first deactivate the existing address. Allow three hours for the address to expire. After this time, the address can be set up for a different service.

If you purchased your domain from a Google partner during the sign-up process, you don't need to create custom addresses for your mail, calendar, docs, or sites services. We've already customized these addresses for you.