Domain MX Records

What are MX records?

MX records are basically DNS records that are responsible for sending email to your email address. They’re controlled by the same place your name servers are, normally your hosting company.

You can change where your email is sent by changing your MX records. This won’t affect current or old email, but all future emails will use the new ones.

They consist of a domain name and a number for priority. The higher the priority, the lower the number should be. Email servers that are trying to connect to your MX records will use this priority number, and if there’s more than one MX record with the same priority value, one will randomly be picked.

 

How do I add MX records in cPanel?

If you have cPanel, you can add or change your MX records by performing the following steps:

 

  1. Login to cPanel
  2. Go to MX Entry in the Email section

 

Showing the MX Entry location in cPanel

 

  1. Select the domain you want to edit the MX entry for
  2. Go to bottom and delete the current MX record if there is one, by clicking remove
  3. Go to the Add New Record section
  4. Input the priority of the record
  5. Input the fully qualified domain name (no IP) for the destination
  6. Click Add New Record

 

Showing the MX Entry Form in cPanel

 

How do I set MX records to use Gmail?

You can setup your MX records so you can have your email delivered to you Gmail account by first connecting your domain with Google Apps then use the steps referenced above to add the following MX records in cPanel.

 

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

 

Adding all five ensures that if one goes down or there’s maintenance, your email will still continue to be delivered.

 

It can take up to 48 hours for these changes to take effect.


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