Hover: 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.

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 Hover site.
  3. On the Hover Sign in page, enter your email address and password that you created when you opened your Hover account.
  4. Click Sign In.

    If you don’t know your username and password, click Forgot Password? to reset your password or contact Hover support.

Step 2: Go to your DNS records
  1. In the Hover site, to the right of the domain you're setting up, click DNS.

DNS tab

Step 3: Delete any existing MX records
  1. You'll see a table of DNS records. If there are any existing MX records, they will stop your email from being delivered to Gmail. Click the X icon to delete them.
    Note: Delete only MX records. Do not delete any A, AAAA, CNAME, SRV, or TXT records.

    MX Delete option

  2. Click Delete to confirm.

    Delete Confirmation Yes button

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for any other existing MX records.

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
Important: Some registrars require you to add a period after the .COM in the MX server address.
  1. Click Add A Record in the top left of the DNS tab.

    Add A Record button

  2. Select MX from the Record Type drop-down list.

    MX record type option

  3. In the Hostname field, enter @.

    MX Hostname (1) field

  4. In the Priority field, enter 1.

    MX Priority field

  5. In the Mail Server field, enter ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM Include the period (.) at the end of the MX record.

    MX Hostname (2) field

  6. Click New Record to save.

    Save button

  7. Repeat Steps 1-6, entering the remaining values (MX Server address) from the table above, and setting the Priority values respectively.

    All MX records added

    If you make a mistake after adding a record, click the Edit link to make changes to the record. 

  8. 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 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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