ZoneEdit: Set up G Suite 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.

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 to start using G Suite

Step 1: Sign in to your domain host
  1. Leave the Google Admin console setup instructions open.
  2. Open a new browser window, and go to the ZoneEdit site at

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

  3. On the ZoneEdit site, click Log in at the top of the page.

    Log In link

  4. Enter the account user name and password that you created when you purchased domain hosting from ZoneEdit, and click login.

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

    Control Panel Login fields

Step 2: Go to the ZoneEdit domain settings
  1. In the Domain Administration page of the ZoneEdit site, click dns for the domain you want to set up for G Suite. In this example, we'll use, but you'll see your domain name instead.

    DNS link

  2. Under DNS Settings, click MX Handlers.

    MX Handlers link

  3. Click edit.

    edit button

Step 3: Delete MX records
  1. Select the checkboxes next to all existing MX records to delete them. Don't worry, you'll add new ones in the next steps.

    Delete MX option

  2. Click next.

  3. Click confirm.

  4. Click done.

Step 4: Add new 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'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. In the Domain Administration page of the ZoneEdit site, click dns for the domain you want to set up for G Suite.

    DNS link

  2. Click MX Handlers.

    MX Handlers link

  3. Click edit.

    edit button

  4. In the Mail For Zone field, enter @.
  5. In the Mail Server field, enter enter ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Include the period (.) at the end of the MX records.
  6. In the Pref field, enter a priority of 1.
  7. In the TTL field, enter 3600.
  8. Repeat Steps 4-7, entering the next three records (MX Server address) from the table above, and setting the Priority values respectively.

    MX records added & the Next button.

  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.
  10. Click next.
  11. Review the records for accuracy. If you need to make a change, click back. If the records are correct, click confirm

    review & confirm the new MX records.

  12. Click done.
Step 5: Tell Google to find your new MX records
  1. Open the setup tool in the Admin console. 

  2. In the Gmail section, click Activate.

    A red circle highlights the "Activate." option in the Gmail section.

  3. Verify that you've created all existing email addresses and are ready for Gmail to start receiving all email for your domain. Click Continue.

  4. On the next page, scroll to the bottom and click Activate Gmail.

    A red circle highlights the Activate Gmail button on the bottom right of the MX records table.


  • 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 Google Workspace support.
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