Afrihost: 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 the Google Admin console, in the top right, click the App Launcher App Launcher and then Gmail Gmail.

Change your MX records to start using G Suite

You’re now ready to verify your domain (if you haven’t already) and set up Gmail as your business email for 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 process.

Before you begin

You should have already:
  • Verified that you own your domain.

    Or, you can verify now with an MX record. We’ll show you how.

  • Created user accounts in G Suite for your team.

    If your team members already use email with your domain, you have to create their user accounts in G Suite before you change the MX record settings for your domain. Otherwise, they won't be able to send or receive messages with their business address in Gmail. You can create accounts for new users later.

If you're in the Setup Wizard shown below, skip to Setup Wizard instructions below. 

Create new MX records for G Suite step

If you're not in the Setup Wizard shown above, follow these steps to open the Setup Wizard:

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Domains.

    If you don't see Domains on the Home page, at the bottom, click More controls.

  3. Click Add/remove domains.
  4. Click Set up Google MX records for your domain.

    Set up Google MX records link

  5. Skip to Setup Wizard instructions below to add G Suite MX records.
  6. When you're done adding MX records, go back to the wizard and click I have completed these steps. This tells Google it's time to look for your domain's new MX records.

Let's Get Started

These instructions walk you through updating MX records to your Afrihost domain. Afrihost not your domain host? See instructions for other hosts.

Open the Setup Wizard
  1. If you verified your domain and are still signed in to your Admin console, skip to step 2.

    If you signed out of your Admin console, sign back in by entering your G Suite email address (this email address ends with, and is not an address) and your password at

  2. At the top of the Google Admin Console (Dashboard), click Set up Gmail.

    Set up Gmail button

    If you don't see this Wizard, you can still set up your MX records directly from your Admin console. To do so, click Domains, and then click Set up Google MX records for your domain. You can then choose your domain host from the drop-down list to see the instructions to set up your MX records. (Can't see Domains in your Admin console? Click More Controls.)

    Set up Google MX records link

  3. Confirm by clicking Set up email.

    Set up email button

  4. You should now see the Log in to your domain host's website step in the G Suite Setup Wizard.

    Log in to your domain host’s website

Setup Wizard Instructions

1. Log in to your Afrihost account
  1. Leave the Admin Console open.
  2. Open a new browser window and go to the Afrihost site at

    Two browser windows are shown. Window 1 is for the domain host site, and window 2 is for the Google Setup Wizard.

    Whenever you see the G Suite icon in these instructions, you’ll complete that step in the G Suite Setup Wizard.
  3. On the Afrihost site, click ClientZone at the top of the page.

    Client Zone menu option

  4. Enter the username and password that you created when you purchased your domain from Afrihost, and click Login.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password by entering your username in the login screen or by contacting Afrihost support.

    Login button

  5. In the G Suite Setup Wizard, check the I have successfully logged in box.

    I have successfully logged in

Click below for the next step.
2. Go to the Afrihost domain settings
  1. In the Afrihost ClientZone page, select Hosting from the menu. You must have a hosting plan with Afrihost to make changes to your DNS settings. If you don't have access to some of the settings described below, conact Afrihost support.

    Hosting menu option

  2. In the My Hosting page, click on the domain name that you want to verify for G Suite under Shared Hosting. In this example, we'll use the domain, but you'll see your own domain name instead.

    Domain button in My Hosting

  3. Click Hosting Settings.

    Hosting Settings button

  4. In the Hosting Settings section, click DNS Editor.

    DNS Editor button

  5. In the G Suite Setup Wizard, check the I have opened the control panel for my domain box.

    I have opened the control panel for my domain checkbox

Click below for the next step.
3. Delete existing MX records
  1. On the Afrihost site, delete any MX records under Type by clicking the Delete icon icon in the Actions column. Don't worry, you'll add new ones in the step below.

    Delete MX records

  2. Click Remove Record in the dialog box that displays to confirm.

    Remove Record button

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for any other existing MX records.
  4. In the G Suite Setup Wizard, check the I have deleted existing MX records box.

    I have deleted existing MX record checkbox

Click below for the next step.
4. Add new 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'll need to add:

MX server address Priority
  1. In the DNS Management page of your Afrihost site, click Create New Record.

    Create New Record button

  2. In the Type field, select MX from the drop-down list.

    MX Type drop-down option

  3. Leave the default value in the Record field, and enter 1 in the Priority field.

    MX Priority field

  4. In the Content field, enter ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM. Include the period with the MX record.

    MX record Content field

  5. In the TTL field, enter 3600.

    MX record TTL field

  6. Click Create to save your new MX record.

    MX record Create button

  7. Click OK to confirm.

    MX records confirmation window

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

    MX records added

    If you make a mistake after adding a record, you can edit it by clicking the Edit icon icon.

  9. 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.


  10.  In the G Suite Setup Wizard, check the I created MX records with these values box.

    I created MX records with these values checkbox

Click below for the next step.
5. Complete MX records setup
  1. Open the Admin Console. If necessary, click the link at the top of the page to continue setting up the Admin Console.

    A red circle highlights the "Set up Admin Console. Click here to get started." option at the top of the Admin console.

  2. Navigate to the Activate Gmail page. 

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Activate Gmail.

    A red circle highlights the Activate Gmail button on the bottom right of the MX records table.

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


  • 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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