New MX Records for Using Gmail with Google Workspace

You need to add MX records to your Google Workspace domain to send and receive emails with Gmail. And now, the MX records are simpler.

Mail Exchange (MX) records, in simple English, tell the internet where to deliver your emails. These records enable email servers to know which mail servers are responsible for accepting incoming messages for a given domain.

When you are using Gmail with your Google Workspace domain, Google provides you with a set of MX records in the format ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM and you need to add five such records to your domain. These MX records point incoming emails to Google’s mail servers, which then deliver the emails to your Gmail inbox.

PriorityHost / Mail Server

These MX records specify the priority and destination of email messages. The priority numbers indicate the order in which the email servers should be tried.

When a sender sends an email to your domain, their email server will look up your domain’s MX records to determine where to deliver the email. The server will try the first mail server listed (priority 1), and if that server is unavailable or unreachable, it will try the next one listed (priority 5), until the email message is successfully delivered.

New MX Records for Google Workspace

Google Workspace MX Records for Gmail

Google has simplified the MX records for new Google Workspace accounts that are created after April 2023. You now only need to add one MX record to your domain. The priority value is always 1 and the destination is SMTP.GOOGLE.COM.

PriorityHost / Mail Server

You may find the updated MX records here. Google Workspace evangelist Michael Brenzel suggest that the new MX records should be used for only new Google Workspace accounts, and that there’s no need to change the DNS records for existing Workspace domains.

MX Records References:

Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal

Google Developer Expert, Google Cloud Champion

Amit Agarwal is a Google Developer Expert in Google Workspace and Google Apps Script. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science (I.I.T.) and is the first professional blogger in India.

Amit has developed several popular Google add-ons including Mail Merge for Gmail and Document Studio. Read more on Lifehacker and YourStory


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