Namecheap: 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 thenGmail 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.

Change your MX records to start using G Suite

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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 G Suite MX records
  1. From the Namecheap dashboard, next to the domain that you want to verify for G Suite, 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 G Suite Gmail MX records are automatically set up for your domain.

Step 3: Tell Google to find your new MX records
  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.

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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