Bluehost: 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.

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 Bluehost site.
  3. Under Hosting Login, enter your domain name and the password you created when you purchased your domain from Bluehost.

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

  4. Click Log in.

Step 2: Go to your DNS records

  1.  Next to the domain you're setting up today, click the Manage down arrow""and select DNS.
  2. A mouse pointer highlights the DNS configuration option at Bluehost

Step 3: Delete existing MX records

Before you can direct your email to Google, you need to delete the existing MX records that send mail to your old email provider. 

  1. Scroll to MX (Mail Exchanger).

    The delete button next to an MX record is selected.

  2. Click More "" next to an existing MX record and then click Remove.
  3. Repeat steps 2—3 until all non-Google MX records have been removed.

Step 4: Add the new MX records

  1. Scroll to MX (Mail Exchanger) and click Add record.

  2. In the Priority field, enter 1.
  3. In the Host Record field, enter @.
  4. In the Points To field, enter ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
  5. In the TTL field, leave the default value of 4 hours. MX is selected from the Type list.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Repeat these steps until you've entered all 5 records shown in this table:
    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
    Important: Some registrars require you to add a period after the .COM in the MX server address.

    When you've added all 5 records, your MX entries look like this:

    All fields of the MX record have been completed and the add record button is selected.

  8. 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.

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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