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Google Cloud DNS: Set up MX records

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.

Next you sign in to your domain host and direct the email for your domain to the Google 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. 

Change your MX records

Step 1: Sign in to your domain host
  1. Sign in to your Google Cloud console.
  2. Click Menuand thenNetwork servicesand thenCloud DNS.

    Networking > Network services > Cloud DNS

Step 2: Add the MX record
  1. In the DNS Name field, leave the field blank.
  2. From the Resource Record Type list, select MX.

    MX is selected from the Resource Record Type drop-down list.

  3. In the TTL field, enter 3600.
  4. In the TTL Unit field, select seconds.
  5. Enter 1 in the Preference and mail server field. (Note: You must include the period after .com.)

    The first MX record is added on the Create record set page.

  6. Click Create to save your new MX record. 

The new records can take up to 72 hours to propagate across the internet, depending on your DNS hosting provider. It might be less than 72 hours, but during this time, mail sent to your email domain might bounce. Until then, you'll keep getting messages at your previous email service provider.

If you still need help configuring your MX records, contact Google Cloud support.

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