Amazon Web Services: Set up G Suite MX records

Important: If you purchased your domain from Google when you signed up for G Suite, you don’t need to set up Gmail. You can start using it now. If you’re signed in to your G Suite account, in the top right, click the App Launcher and thenGmail Gmail.

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 G Suite 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 G Suite 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 G Suite 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 the Amazon Web Services® (AWS) site in a new tab or browser window.
  3. On the right, under Get Started with AWS for Free, click Sign In to the Console.
  4. Enter the email address and password you created when you purchased your domain from AWS.
  5. Click Sign In.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact AWS customer support.

Step 2: Go to your DNS records

  1. Under AWS Services, click Route 53. If you can't find Route 53, look under Networking & Content Delivery.

    Route 53 is selected

  2. Click Hosted zones.

    Hosted zones option is selected

  3. Select the domain you want to set up with Gmail for your G Suite account.
  4. Click Go to Record Sets.

    The domain is selected and Go to Record Sets is selected

Sep 3: Delete existing MX records

  1. If you have existing MX records, click them to open the Edit record set pane.

    A red circle highlights the MX record type. The records are selected.

  2. In the Edit record set pane, in the Value field, select all of the existing MX records and press Delete on your keyboard. Don’t worry, you’ll add G Suite MX records in the next steps.

    The MX records in the Value field are selected for deletion.

Step 4: Add the G Suite 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 need to add:
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.
  1. If the Edit record set pane isn't open, click Create Record Set to open it.
  2. In the Type field, make sure that MX - Mail exchange is selected.
  3. In the Alias field, make sure No is selected.
  4. In the TTL (Seconds) field, leave the default value.
  5. In the Value field, for all of the records in the table above, enter the Priority followed by the MX server address. Include the period at the end of each record. Enter each record on its own line in the Value field.

    The Edit Record Set pane is filled out with all of the G Suite MX records. For example: 1 aspmx.l.google.com.

  6. 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.
  7. After all of the MX records have been added, click Save Record Set.

Step 5: Tell Google to find your new MX records

  1. Open the Admin console. If necessary, click the link at the top of the page to continue setting up the Admin console.

    A red circle highlights the "Set up Admin Console. Click here to get started." option at the top of the Admin console.

  2. Navigate to the Activate Gmail page. 

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Activate Gmail.

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

Congratulations! Your business email for your domain is now directed to the G Suite mail servers.

Note:

  • 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 G Suite support.
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