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How do I point my mail to Google Apps?

  • Applies to: All Service Types

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Time needed: 10 minutes

  • Tools needed: AccountCenter access, Google Apps account

 
  • Applies to: All Hosting Platforms
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: AccountCenter access, Google Apps account

Overview

Google Apps is a service from Google providing independently customizable versions of several Google products under a custom domain name.

Requirements

Before you start:

  • Make sure that your Google Apps account is already established. Learn more here.
  • If you want to use (mt) Media Temple's "Point Mail to Google" tool, the domain you want to use for Google Apps must be using (mt) nameservers.

TIP:

Any changes to your domain's DNS zone file will need to propagate across the Internet. As a general rule, we recommend you allow 24-48 hours for DNS propagation. Read this article on how to lower your TTL value for a smooth transition.

Instructions

  1. Log into your AccountCenter.

  2. From the Overview page or Domains tab, select the domain you want to point to Google Apps.

  3. Scroll down to the DNS & ZONE FILES section.

  4. Click Edit DNS Zone File.


    acGRIDmainmenu_dnszone_edit

  5. Scroll down and click on the Point Mail to Google button.


    acGRIDmainmenu_dnszone_edit_google 

  6. You will see a prompt that reads like this:
    This action will point the email for the zone gs-example.com to Google.
    Please make sure that you have completed the setup through Google before proceeding.

    Click the OK button.

  7. The page will refresh and your Zone File's MX records will now be pointing to Google Apps.


    acGRIDmainmenu_dnszone_edit_google_mx
    This includes an SPF record for your domain.

Next Steps

You may also want to create CNAME records for your domain to point to Google Apps.

For reference, you'll want your MX records to look something like this when the process is complete. (Please note that the TTL, domain, and subdomain values will vary between DNS hosts.)

Subdomain Domain TTL Record Type Priority Destination
Blank or @ .domain.com 43200 MX 1 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
Blank or @ .domain.com 43200 MX 5 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
Blank or @ .domain.com 43200 MX 5 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
Blank or @ .domain.com 43200 MX 10 ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
Blank or @ .domain.com 43200 MX 10 ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
 

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