WordPress.com: 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.

A Beginner's Guide to Signing up for 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.

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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. In the left pane, click Upgradesand thenDomains.

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

  3. Click the domain name that you want to verify.
  4. Click DNS records, then Manage.

    Name Servers and DNS is selected.

Step 3: Add the new 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 email automatically

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

  1. On the DNS records page, click Email setup, and select Google Workspace.
  2. In the text field, paste the TXT record you copied from step 1.

    The TXT verification record is entered into the Google Workspace Verification Token field.

  3. Click Set up Google Workspace.

    Your domain is verified, and the Google Workspace 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. On the DNS Records page, next to all MX records, click Settings, then Delete. You'll add new ones in the step below.

    MX record delete option

    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 need to add:

    MX server address Priority
    Important: Some registrars require you to add a period after the .COM in the MX server address.
  2. Click Add a record.
  3. 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 DNS Record.
  8. Repeat steps 2–7, 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 or CNAME record).

    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. 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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