How to Activate Gmail in Google Workspace

Learn How to Activate Gmail in Google Workspace

After purchasing Google Workspace, activating it, then verifying your domain, you should also activate Gmail. You can do this by updating the MX Records for your domain, which directs email traffic for your domain to Gmail servers and allows you to manage your email with them.

This guide will show you the steps to activate Gmail in your Google Workspace account.

Important: Since you are sending email traffic to a new server, you should create any needed email accounts for your domain in Google Workspace before following this guide. This will help you to avoid missing emails since they will have a valid account to be delivered to.

Add Gmail MX Records

Before you can activate Gmail you need to add the MX Records to your DNS zone. Here are the steps to add the Google Workspace MX records using cPanel.

  1. Login to cPanel.
  2. Click the Zone Editor link in the Domains section.
    Access Zone Editor
  3. Click the Manage button next to the domain you want to use with Gmail.
    Manage DNS
  4. Next to Filter, click the MX option.
    View MX Records
  5. Delete any MX records that you see listed.
    Delete MX Records
  6. A pop-up message will ask you “Are you certain that you want to delete this record”. Click the Continue button.
    Confirm Deletion
  7. Now click the +Add Record button on top of the table.
  8. Fill in the following information and click the Add Record button. You will have to repeat steps 7 and 8 for all 5 MX Records.
Add MX Record

Activate Gmail

Now that we have the MX records setup, we will show you how to activate Gmail in Google Workspace.

  1. Login to your Google Workspace Admin Console.
  2. Click Account, Domains, then Manage domains in the navigation menu.
    Manage Domains
  3. You will see your domain listed, click the Activate Gmail button.
    Activate Gmail
  4. You will see a pop-up message asking you to “Choose a method to activate Gmail” Select the Set up MX record option then click the Next button.
    Choose Gmail Activation Method
  5. On the next screen check the boxes to verify that you have added all email addresses for your domain and are ready to receive email for your domain at Gmail. These are the typical settings
    Gmail Address Added
  6. Scroll down and click the blue Activate Gmail button and your settings will be verified.
    Activating Gmail in Google Workspace

    You will then see your domain status listed as Verified with Gmail activated.
    Gmail Verified and Activated

Congratulations, you have successfully activated Gmail for your domain. Now you can begin managing your email accounts within Google Workspace. Check out our Google Workspace section for more guides to help you manage your account.

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John-Paul Briones Content Writer II

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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