HostMonster: 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 HostMonster website.
  3. On the HostMonster site, click Control Panel Login at the top of the page.

    Control Panel Login button

  4. Enter the email address and password that you created when you purchased your domain from HostMonster, and click Submit.

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

    Login credentials Submit button

Step 2: Go to the HostMonster domain settings
  1. On the HostMonster website, scroll down to domains, and click Domain Manager.

    Domain Manager button

  2. In the Main tab, click Manage in the DNS Zone Editor.

    Manage link

  3. In the DNS Zone Editor, select the domain name that you want to verify for G Suite from the drop-down list (if you have more than one), then click Reload. In this example, we'll use the domain td-hm.com, but you'll see your own domain name instead.

    Reload button

Step 3: Delete existing MX records
  1. Scroll down to MX (Mail Exchange) and click delete next to all existing entries. Don't worry, you'll add new ones in the step below.

    HostMonster Delete button

  2. Click OK in the dialog box that displays to confirm.

    Delete confirmation dialog

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
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. In the Add DNS Record section, select MX from the Type drop-down list.

    MX Type option

  2. In the Host Record field, enter @. Leave the default in the TTL field.

    MX Host Record field

  3. In the Points To field, enter ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM. Include the period (.) at the end of the MX record.

    MX Points To field

  4. In the Priority field, enter 1.

    MX Priority field

  5. Click add record to confirm.

    MX Add Record button

    You'll see a confirmation message that the record was added successfully.

    Successfully Added Records! confirmation message

  6. Repeat Steps 1–5 and enter the remaining MX server address records and priority values from the table above.

    All MX records added

    If you make a mistake after adding a record, you can edit it by clicking Edit.

    MX records Edit button

  7. 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: Complete MX records setup
  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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