InMotion: 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

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 InMotion Hosting site in a new tab.
  3. At the upper right of the InMotion Hosting homepage, click AMP Login.
  4. Under Log in, enter the email address and password you created when you bought your domain from InMotion Hosting.
  5. Click Log in.

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

Step 2: Go to your DNS records

  1. From the My Account tab, scroll down and click cPanel.

    cPanel icon

    Note: If you don’t have the cPanel option, you might not have a hosting subscription with InMotion Hosting. Contact InMotion Hosting support for assistance.

  2. From cPanel, go to the Email section and click Google MX Wizard.

    Under Email, the Google MX Wizard option is selected.

Step 3: Automatically add the G Suite MX records

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.
  1. In the Google MX Wizard, select the domain you want to set up with Gmail from the list.

    Under Select Domain - (Step 1 of 3), the domain name is selected from the drop-down list.

  2. (Optional) Check the Additional Services boxes that you’d like to add to your G Suite mail service.

    All four of the Additional Services are checked: docs.<domain name>, contacts.<domain name>, sites.<domain name>, and calendar.<domain name>.

  3. Click Continue & Configure the domain with Google Apps.

    A pop-up will ask you to confirm that you want Google MX records added to your domain.

  4. Click OK.

    The Google MX Wizard shows the CNAME and MX records that have been added to your domain’s DNS records.

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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