Create MX Records for your G Suite to Start Receiving Emails

  • In the previous G Suite Setup video we created users and groups in our newly created G Suite account
  • In this video we'll activate the email services so that all of the newly created users can start getting their emails in their G Suite mailboxes.
  • To do this we'll need to an MX (Mail eXchange) record in Godaddy DNS and that is what I show you in this video.
  • If you prefer to learn by watching then click on the video to start watching or scroll down to read a text version of the guide.
Setup G Suite MX Records
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MX Records Overview

  • Now before we dive into our guide, just a heads-up so you understand what you're going to do.
  • When we create MX records we also define priority of mail servers to tell the DNS which email server should receive our email first.
  • Usually you'd have more than one mail server address in your MX records to do some sort of load-balancing so if one mail server is down, the second one would be ready to pick up your email so they don't bounce back.

1. Access GoDaddy DNS Management

  • So our first step is to log into GoDaddy and get access to DNS Management.
  • To access DNS Management, login to GoDaddy then click on "My Products".
  • Then go to Domain Names, under domain names click on DNS and you should land on a similar screen.

2. Search for "G Suite MX Records"

  • You want to find G Suite MX Records, so in this step you'll head over to Google search and type in "G Suite MX Records".
  • Usually the first (non-ad) result is what you need to click on.
  • Now what you have is a list of 5 MX Records values. We'll need these in our next steps.

3. Click "ADD" in GoDaddy DNS Management.

  • In this step you'll want to add a new MX Record to your domain in GoDaddy DNS Management page.
  • So go to GoDaddy DNS Management (in step 1), scroll down the page and click on "ADD" to start adding a new record.

4. Add a Record to GoDaddy DNS

  • In the first field you choose "MX" as type, then type "@" symbol in the second field.
  • Now you copy the value of G Suite email server (in step 2) and paste it in the third field.
  • In the fourth field, you don't necessarily have to copy values from G Suite MX Records table. You just have to maintain the sequence of 10, 20, 30 for instance.
  • Then click Save to add a new record.

5. Add rest of the Records

  • So now you will repeat step 3 and 4 above to add the rest of MX record values from G Suite table.
  • Maintain a sequence of priority i.e 20, 30, 40, 50 for the subsequent values.
  • After adding all the 5 records, you'll end up with a similar list like one in the screenshot.

Check DNS Records

  • Having added MX Records to point to G Suite servers. You may want to confirm that the exercise was a success by perfoming an MX Lookup.
  • So for that just go to Google search and search for "mxtoolbox". This tool will help do the check.
  • As you can see, when I type "aroragoldy.com" IP address points to Google servers. You should have the same results when you type your domain.

Send a test Email

  • So you can now try and send a user in your G Suite account an email to see if everything is set correctly.
  • In my case if I send an email to goldy@aroragoldy.com (an email I created in the first steps of this series), this user is able to receive emails.
  • In the next guide we'll be configuring SPF Records which prevents emails from going to recipients' spam box.
  • As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section and I'll be happy to help. Thank you so much!