Namecheap: Set up 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

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Step 1: Sign in to your domain host
  1. Leave the Google Admin console open.
  2. Open a new browser tab or window and go to the Namecheap site.
  3. At the top left of the Namecheap site, click Sign In.
  4. Enter the username and password you created when you purchased your domain from Namecheap.
  5. Click Sign In.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact Namecheap Support.

Step 2: Add the new MX records
  1. From the Namecheap dashboard, next to the domain that you want to verify for Google Workspace, click Manage.

    Manage button on domain dashboard.

  2. Click Advanced DNS.

    Advanced DNS tab

  3. Scroll down to Mail Settings.
  4. From the Email Service list, select Gmail.

    The Mail Settings drop-down list is open and Gmail is selected from the list.

  5. Click Save Changes.

    The MX records are automatically set up for your domain.

Step 3: Tell Google to find your new MX records
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Check the boxes to confirm:

    1. You've created accounts for all existing email addresses in your organization.

    2. You're ready to stop receiving messages at your old email provider and start receiving them in Google Workspace.

  3. Click Continue.

  4. Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click Activate Gmail.



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