Set Up Google Apps Email

Google Apps is a cloud-based productivity suite designed to help businesses stay connected while working securely from anywhere on any device. With tools such as Docs, Contacts, Sites and Calendar, Google Apps helps to streamline everyday tasks and makes collaboration effortless.


Google Apps offers a free 30-day trial upon signup after which charges will apply per user, per month. For more information on pricing, please see: Pricing - Google Apps.


Step 1: Create a Google Apps Account

To sign up for a Google Apps account:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the green Get Started button.
  3. Complete the About you form and click Next.
  4. On the next page, click Actually, I own a domainthat I'd like to use.
  5. In the Your own domain box, enter the domain you wish to set up with Google Apps.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Complete the Create your Google account form.
  8. Click Accept and signup when finished.

Step 2: Verify Domain Ownership

Once a Google Apps account has been created, the domain used during registration will need to be verified. To do this:

  1. Sign into your Google Apps dashboard at
    • Note: You will need to replace your_domain with the actual domain with which your Google Apps account is registered.
    Note: Upon your first time logging into Google Apps, you will be prompted to verify your account via text message or voice call.
  2. From the admin console, click Start Setup.
  3. Click the Verify Domain button that will appear immediately thereafter.
  4. In the pop-up, click Begin verification.
  5. From the drop-down menu, select your domain registrar.
  6. Follow the prompt from Google Apps to add a TXT  or CNAME record to your DNS configuration.
    • If your domain is registered with HostGator and you are unsure of how to add a DNS record, please see the following article: How to Change DNS Zones.
  7. Click Verify.

Once Google has verified your ownership of the domain, you will receive a confirmation message.


Step 3: Complete Setup in cPanel

Go to cPanel >> MX Records 

A. Set the email service to Remote Mail exchange

B. Remove the mail record and set the following

Name/Host/AliasTime to Live (TTL*)Record TypePriorityValue/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.
  1. You will receive the following message confirming that Google Apps setup is complete.


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