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Add Email with an Existing Google Apps Account

This article explains how to configure your site to work with an existing Google Apps account. If you don’t already have Google Apps, you can get it here, or you can find directions for other email providers on our main Add Email page.

  1. Set up your account with Google Apps.
  2. When you reach the point that Google prompts you to verify your domain, click Confirm that you own the domain.
    Note,  if you have previously verified your domain with Google Apps, this verification step might not be necessary, in which case, you can skip to step 16 to add the MX records.
  3. Click Continue in the pop-up box.
  4. Click the dropdown menu to Select your domain registrar.
  5. Select Other from the bottom of the list.
  6. Copy the code that begins with google-site-verification.
  7. Keep the Google dashboard open, and also open your site dashboard in another browser window or tab.
  8. Go to Domains and click on Edit for the relevant domain. Domains Edit Screen
  9. Select Edit Name Servers & DNS.
  10. Click DNS Records
  11. Click the blue Add New DNS button then choose TXT from the dropdown menu, enter your domain name in the first box, and in the second box paste in the code you copied in step 6 above. It should look like the following screenshot (but with your own code after the equal sign).
  12. Click the Add DNS Record button once more to add/save the record. Once the record is added you’ll see it listed under DNS Records
  13. Wait a few minutes, then return to the Google dashboard.
  14. Click the Verify button at the bottom of the screen.
  15. At the Congratulations page, click Continue.
  16. In , return to your Domains page and follow steps 8-10 above to return to the screen where you added the TXT record  (You will keep the TXT record you saved earlier.)
  17. Once again click the blue Add New DNS button but this time choose MX from the dropdown menu. Enter your domain name in the first box, the record value (eg ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM) in the second and lastly, the priority number to match that provide in the priority field. Click the Add New DNS button to save each record (See the following example for the first record.) :

    Type: MX
    Host: Enter your domain name (ex:
    Handled by: ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
    Priority: 1

    Type: MX
    Host: Enter your domain name (ex:
    Handled by: ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
    Priority: 5

    Type MX
    Host: Enter your domain name (ex:
    Handled by: ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
    Priority: 5

    Type MX 
    Host: Enter your domain name (ex:
    Handled by: ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
    Priority: 10

    Type MX
    Host: Enter your domain name (ex:
    Handled by: ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
    Priority: 10

  18. Enter one last TXT record. Choose TXT from the dropdown menu, with your domain in the box labeled name, and paste in the following into the box labeled text, and click Add New DNS Record one last time to save the TXT record:

    Type: TXT
    Name: (this will be your domain)
    text: v=spf1 ~all


  19. You may now exit the page, your email will begin working in a few hours.

If you are having trouble with your email with Gmail or Google Apps, please check our Gmail Issues page here.

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