Google Workspace DNS

Overview

Google changed the name of its G Suite product to Google Workspace. See the following article for more information:

When you enable Google Workspace, your mail DNS records must point to Google. How this happens is based on where your DNS is currently hosted, per the following:

If your DNS is hosted at DreamHost but you've signed up for Google Workspace at Google

If your nameservers are currently pointed to DreamHost, your site's DNS is hosted at DreamHost. If you purchased a Google Workspace account at Google, you must then update your site's MX records in the DreamHost panel to point to Google.

MX records

When setting up your domain with Google Workspace, Google's panel will guide you through the configuration of your MX records. Within the Google Workspace panel, the following MX records display:

1 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com
5 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com
5 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com
10 ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com
10 ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com

You must enter these records into your DreamHost panel as shown below. Make sure to enter the priority before the record name.

You can copy and paste each record from the list above.

Updating your MX records

  1. Navigate to the Custom MX page.
  2. To the right of your domain, click the Edit button.
  3. Enter Google's MX records at the bottom of this page.
    Google mx records

Once saved, it will take about 6 hours to update online. Your email will then be hosted with Google.

SPF record

You must also update your SPF record to point to Google using the following record:

v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all

View the following article for instructions on how to create an SPF record in your panel:

If your DNS is hosted at DreamHost and you've signed up for Google Workspace in the panel

If your nameservers are currently pointed to DreamHost, your site's DNS is hosted at DreamHost. In this case, DreamHost sets up your MX records, verifies the domain with a token in a TXT record, and then updates your site's SPF record. For example, the following DNS records are automatically adjusted:

MX records

1 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com
5 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com
5 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com
10 ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com
10 ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.com

SPF record

v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all

CNAME

DreamHost creates a custom CNAME for the 'mail' subdomain that points to ghs.googlehosted.com.

TXT verification

DreamHost uses the method of creating a TXT record with a verification string. This verification string is added automatically when you sign up for Google Workspace in your DreamHost panel. You can view this record using the DNS tab on the Manage Websites page. See the Adding DNS article for more information.

If your DNS is not hosted at DreamHost but you've signed up for Google Workspace in the panel

If your nameservers are pointed to another company, DreamHost sends you an email with information on how to update your DNS records at that company. Here are a few links that may be of help for some popular hosts:

MX records

When setting up your domain with Google Workspace, Google's panel will guide you through the configuration of your MX records. Within the Google Workspace panel, the following MX records will display:

Google mx records

View the following link for information on what MX records you need to update at your current host:

Your hosting company may use different labels for the name and value fields. You may also be required to add the trailing period at the end of the server name. Make sure you follow the specific instructions for your domain host when entering the following values:

Name/Host/Alias Time to Live (TTL*) Record Type Priority Value/Answer/Destination
Blank or @ 3600 MX 1 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
Blank or @ 3600 MX 5 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
Blank or @ 3600 MX 5 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
Blank or @ 3600 MX 10 ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
Blank or @ 3600 MX 10 ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.

SPF record

You must also update your SPF record at your site's hosting company to point to Google using the following record:

v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all

Domain verification with an MX record

You can also verify your domain for Google Workspace with an MX record. The Google Workspace Setup Wizard provides a unique MX record, with a priority of 15, for verification. This record is only available from the Setup Wizard that appears right after you sign up for Google Workspace.

Optional CNAME records

You may also create the following CNAME records if you need them:

CNAME Time to Live (TTL) Record Type Value
mail 3600 CNAME ghs.googlehosted.com
calendar 3600 CNAME ghs.googlehosted.com

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