Set up G Suite MX records

Tip! Changing MX records is required only for G Suite customers who want to use Gmail. You can continue to use your current email provider.

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.

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 the site in a new tab or browser window.
  3. Enter the username and password you created when you purchased your domain from
  4. Click Login.

    If you don’t know your account information, on the login page, click Forgot password? or contact support.

Step 2: Go to your DNS records

  1. At the top of the page, click Hosted Domains.
  2. Click the domain name that you need to set up with Gmail.
  3. At the top of the Hosted Domains page, click DNS and then DNS Records.

    The DNS and DNS Records tabs are selected.

Sep 3: Delete existing MX records

  1. In the list of DNS records, check the box next to each existing MX record.
  2. After all MX records have been selected, click Delete. Don’t worry, you’ll add new MX records in the next steps.

    All existing records are selected. The Delete button is selected.

Step 4: 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. From the DNS Record Type list, select MX.

    A red circle highlights the DNS Records Type list and MX is selected from the list.

  2. Leave the Mail domain field empty.
  3. In the Preference field, select Very high (10).
  4. In the Mail exchanger field, enter Don’t add a period at the end of the record.

    All the fields in the MX record are completed.

  5. In the TTL field, leave Default TTL selected.
  6. Click Finish to save the MX record.
  7. Repeat steps 1—6, entering the remaining (MX server address values) from the table above and setting the Priority values. Select High (20) for the records that begin with ALT1 and ALT2. Select Normal (30) for the records that begin with ALT3 and ALT4.

    All MX records are shown on the DNS records list.

  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.

Step 5: 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 G Suite support.

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