How to Change Name Servers in Google Domains

Google has recently become a domain registrar and allows you register domains of many different types for a relatively low cost. You can use a domain registered through Google Domains, but you will either need to point an A Record to an InMotion Hosting server, or change the name servers to point to InMotion Hosting. The following tutorial will walk you through how to change the name servers to point to InMotion Hosting web servers.

How to Change Name Servers in Google Domains

  1. Google Domains Account login

    Login to your Google Domains Account

  2. Configure DNS

    If you have multiple domains, you will need to select the domain where you will change the DNS. If you hover over the icon, you will see that the third icon to the right will be labeled Configure DNS. Click on this icon.

  3. Select Use Custom name servers

    A section titled Name servers will appear and you will have the option to select either: Use Google’s name servers or Use custom name servers. Click on Use custom name servers.

  4. Google Domains Account login

    Click on the blue button labeled ADD in order to add your name servers. If you make a mistake or there are name servers already in this section, you can click on Edit in order to make changes to name servers.

    InMotion Hosting only uses two name servers:

    ns1.inmotionhosting.com

    ns2.inmotionhosting.com

  5. Once you have completed adding the name servers, click on SAVE to save your changes.

If you are using InMotion Hosting to host your website, then these are the only name servers you will need to add for your Google Domain. Remember that any changes to the name servers may require a propagation time of up to 24 hours to complete.

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  • Good Morning,

    I updated my google domain nameserver to point to inmotion (which I think worked because my website is back online), but I also updated the MX settings and email settings in inmotion to point to Microsoft Office for email. I sent a test email that never arrived in microsoft, but it also was not kicked back as undeliverable. I used the guide provided. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

    • Your DNS settings should be set appropriately and you should also indicate that the MX servers are “remote.” If this has been done, then you will need to contact our live technical support team and have them review your settings. They can access and change it if it is necessary. You can find the contact information for our Tech Support team at the bottom of this page.

  • Hi, I am trying to use my google domain name with the inmotion name servers. I also would like to use Microsoft Office as my email host. Since I had already set up my email with microsoft on my google domain before deciding to build a website, there are existing nameservers in google for microsoft. I simply added in the two additional nameservers from inmotion, for a total of 6. Is there an issue with configuring the nameservers this way or is there a better way to configure? Thank you

    • Configuring the name servers this way may cause your domain to not work properly. I recommend setting your name servers to one (1) provider and then creating the appropriate DNS records in the name servers you point your domain to. You should reach out to Microsoft for their DNS records and you can refer to our guide “How to set DNS records for 3rd party services” for more information.

  • The article says that it can take up to 24 hours for this change to take effect. How will we know when the process is complete?

  • Hi,

    I have a domain registered with google. I want to use their services for name servers and e-mail etc. I just want to point my website to your hosting site. I do not want to use your name servers. 

    How can i do this ?

    Thanks

    Vijay1250

    • Hey Vijay1250, thanks for your comment!

      You most certainly can set that up. You’ll need to create/modify two records.

      The A record for your domain indicates which web server (IP) the website resides on. The record should use your domain and point to the IP address of your server/account.

      The CNAME record for the WWW version of your domain simply indicates the website is hosted on the same server. The record should use the www (www.yourdomain.com) version of your domain and point to the domain without the www (yourdomain.com).

      It’s important to note that you’ll need to ensure you are creating/modifying the DNS records where your name servers are hosted. Since you mentioned you are not using InMotion’s name servers, you can not modify the DNS zone with InMotion’s cPanel. Also, you’ll want to ensure you don’t have any conflicts in existing records in that DNS zone. You may need to modify existing A records that your mail services may be using. I can only advise that you reach out to them if you have a conflict, they should have an alternative solution for configuring their mail services with your DNS configured to host your website elsewhere.

      I also recommend reaching out to the host of your name servers to determine how to create the records as advised. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,
      Carlos E

  • So, what happens if I don’t want to create new email accounts in InMotion, but want to keep my G suite email and services up. Does changing the name servers disable my ability to keep my email on Google?

  • This is what I get for buying through Google it seems… I got my domain and email all set up, decided on you guys for my WordPress (BoldGrid) website, switched over the name servers (everything works great), but… In changing the nameservers Google disabled all my G-Suite products including email. The only way I can find of re-enabling it is to set the name servers back to Google.

    What a massive mess up via Google. Having built websites for the last 10+ years for personal use, I have never had so many issues with what should be a simple process. The MX records are all set to Google, everything is set to work but they DISABLE it all when you change the nameserver settings from them to anybody else.

    Any advice or am I stuck for another 50 days with the domain in Google’s hands before I can transfer it to a real domain register?

  • Hi, what about the emails we create there? I guess we could create emails with the domain name here, right? Or should we use original emails there? 

    Thank you. 

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