Google Domains: 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. In the Setup Wizard, on the Verify your domain and set up email page, click the link to open your domain host sign-in page in a new tab.

    Note: If the Setup Wizard doesn’t provide a link to your domain, open the Google Domains® site in a new tab. Keep the Setup Wizard open in the first tab.

  1. In the upper right of the Google Domains homepage, click Sign In.
  2. Enter your email address or phone number and password you created when you purchased your domain from Google Domains and click Next.

    If you don’t know your account information, click Forgot password or get Google Account help.

Step 2: Add the G Suite MX records

To direct your email to your G Suite account, you must add new MX records to your domain. Add the MX records shown in the table below in one step with synthetic records.

With synthetic records you can optionally add additional features that you select, when you add MX records.

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. On the My domains page, next to the domain you want to set up with Gmail, click Manage.
  2. On the left column, click DNS.

    Under Domain overview, DNS is selected.

  3. Scroll down to the Synthetic records section.
  4. From the Subdomain forward list, select G Suite.

    G Suite is selected from the Subdomain forward lis in the Synthetic records section of Google Domains.

  5. Click Add.

    The MX records are saved to your domain’s DNS records.

Step 3: Verify your domain with a MX record (optional)

  1. On the My domains page, next to the domain you want to verify for Google services, click Manage.
  2. On the left column, click DNS.

    Under Domain overview, DNS is selected.

  3. Scroll down to the Custom resource records section.

    The Custom resource records section is shown.

  1. In the Name field, enter @.
  2. From the Type list, select MX.
  3. In the TTL field, leave the default value of 1H (1 hour).
  4. In the Data/Mail server field, enter 15 and paste the MX verification record you copied above.

    Google Domains does not provide a separate field for the priority number. To specify a priority number, enter the value in the data field followed by the MX server address.}

    The MX verification record has been entered into the open fields of the Custom resource records section. The Add button is selected.

  5. Click Add.

    The MX verification record is saved 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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