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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 established. Learn more here.
  • 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 to 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 Domain Tools section.
  4. Click the Edit DNS Zone File icon, see Figure 1:

    Edit zone.jpg
    Figure 1.

  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Point Mail to Google button, see Figure 2.


    Figure 2.

  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.
    Are you sure?

    Click the OK button.

  7. The page will refresh and your Zone File's MX records will now be pointing to Google Apps. See Figure 3.


    Figure 3. This includes an SPF record for your domain.

Next steps

If you haven't already, you will need to disable local mail for your domain.

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

 

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