Create MX Records for your Google Workspace to Start Receiving Emails
In the previous Google Workspace Setup video we created users and groups in our newly created Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace mailboxes.
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 "Google Workspace MX Records"
You want to find Google Workspace MX Records, so in this step you'll head over to Google search and type in "Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace account an email to see if everything is set correctly.
In my case if I send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (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!