InMotion: Set up G Suite MX records

Important: If you purchased your domain from Google when you signed up for G Suite, you don’t need to set up Gmail. You can start using it now. If you’re signed in to your G Suite account, in the top right, click the App Launcher Appsand then Gmail Gmail.

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 G Suite 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 G Suite 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 G Suite before you change any MX record settings. Otherwise, they won't be able to send or receive messages with their business address in Gmail. 

  • If you’re in the Setup Wizard, go to the Add G Suite MX records instructions. If you don’t have the wizard open, sign in to the G Suite Setup Wizard. The wizard will help you tell Google to find your new MX records and direct your mail to Gmail.

Change your MX records to start using G Suite

Step 1: Sign in to your domain host

  1. Leave the G Suite Setup Wizard open.
  2. Open a new browser window and go to the InMotion Hosting® site in a new tab. Keep the Setup Wizard open in the first 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
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
Note: The values are the G Suite mail servers. We include 5 servers in case one fails or requires maintenance.
  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. In the first tab or window, return to the G Suite Setup Wizard.
  2. Click through any confirming steps in the wizard.
  3. Click Verify or I have completed these steps to tell Google to look for your new MX records.

Congratulations! Your business email for your domain is now directed to the G Suite mail servers.

Note:

  • 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 G Suite support.
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