WordPress.com: 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

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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 WordPress site.
  3. Enter the email address or username and password you created when you purchased your domain from WordPress.
  4. Click Continue.

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

Step 2: Go to your DNS records
  1. At the top left of the WordPress site, click My Site.
  2. Scroll down and click Manageand thenDomains.

    On the left My Site navigation pane,  Manage > Domains is selected.

  3. Click the domain name that you want to verify.
  4. Click Name Servers and DNS.

    Name Servers and DNS is selected.

Step 3: Add the G Suite MX records

How you add the MX records depends on whether you’ve already verified your domain.

Option 1: Verify your domain and set up G Suite email automatically

Important: Requires your TXT verification record. If you already verified your domain, use option 2 instead.

  1. From the Name Servers and DNS page, click G Suite.
  2. In the text field, paste the TXT record you copied from step 1.

    The TXT verification record is entered into the G Suite Verification Token field.

  3. Click Set up G Suite.

    Your domain is verified, and the G Suite MX records are added to your WordPress domain DNS records.

  4. Skip to step 4.

Option 2: Manually enter MX Records (domain already verified)
  1. From the Name Servers and DNS page, click DNS Records.

    DNS Records is an option under Use WordPress.com Name Servers.

  2. Next to all MX records, click Delete"".

    You'll add new ones in the step below.

    MX record delete option

    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
    Important: Some registrars require you to add a period after the .COM in the MX server address.
  3. At the end of the list of DNS records, from the Type list, select MX.

    The MX record is entered into the entry pane.

  4. Leave the Name field empty.
  5. In the Handled by field, paste aspmx.l.google.com from the table above. Don’t include a period at the end of the record.
  6. In the Priority field, enter 1.
  7. Click Add New DNS Record.
  8. Repeat steps 1–7, entering the remaining MX server address values from the table above and setting the priority values.

    All of the MX records are added and in the DNS Records list.

  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.
Step 4: 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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