Just Host: 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 JustHost site in a new tab.
  3. At the upper right of the JustHost homepage, click Login.
  4. Enter the domain or username and password you created when you bought your domain from JustHost.
  5. Click Login.

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

Step 2: Go to your DNS records

  1. From the domains tab, click the zone editor tab.

    The Domains tab and the Zone Editor sub-tab are both open.

    The DNS Zone Editor opens.

  2. Under Select a domain, from the Domain list, choose the domain you want to verify for Google.

    Under Select a Domain, the domain is selected in the Domain drop-down list.

Step 3: Delete existing MX records

  1. Scroll down to the MX (Mail Exchanger) table.

    The old MX records are shown in the MX (Mail Exchanger) table.

  2. Next to the first MX record, click Delete.

    A pop-up will ask you to confirm that you want to delete the record.

  3. Click OK.

    Note: If you have trouble deleting the old MX records, you can edit their priority number instead. Give the old records a priority number higher than 30, so that the new Google MX records will have a more immediate priority.

  4. Repeat steps 2—3 until all MX records have been removed.

    You’ll add new MX records in the next step.

Step 4: Add the 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 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. Under the Add DNS Record section, from the Type list, select MX.

    From the Type list, MX is selected as the record type.

  2. In the Host Record field, enter @.
  3. In the TTL field, leave the default value of 14400.
  4. In the Points To field, enter ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.

    All fields of the first MX record are completed and the add record button is selected.

  5. In the Priority field, enter 1.
  6. Click add record.
  7. Repeat steps 1–6, entering the remaining (MX server address values) from the table above and setting the Priority values.

    All of the MX records have been added and are shown in the MX (Mail Exchanger) table.

  8. 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.

    It can take up to 4 hours for email to begin routing to your Gmail inbox.

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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