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MX Records: All You Need to Know

MX Records: All You Need to Know

Remember phone books? I remember phone books. You’d have a name and then you’d
look that person up and copy down their phone number and
then you dial their number into a phone the
size of your face. Imagine if e-mail was like that. You’d have someone’s
email address, which is like their name,
but then you’d still have to look up their
domain’s mail server, which is like their phone number. Finally, you’d have to copy
everything down and send an email to, well,
you get the point. But e-mail’s not like that. When you send a message, you can
just type in any e-mail address and click send, without
having to add any weird looking mail servers. So, how does Gmail or
any other e-mail service just auto-magically
know which mail server to deliver your mail to? The answer iis– wait for it. [EXPLOSION] An MX record. Your domain’s MX records consist
of a list of mail servers that tell email servers
like Gmail where to deliver your incoming mail. That’s pretty much it. It’s just like being listed in a
virtual mail server phone book, where your email
address is your name, your MX record is
your phone number, and the internet
itself is the book. So any time you send
an e-mail to anyone, Gmail will look up that person’s
domain in the virtual mail server phone book, and
will deliver your message to the right server. All of this brought
to you by your pals at the internet, free of charge. Here’s the deal, if you
just bought your domain from a Google partner while
signing up for Google Apps, then we’ve already changed
your MX records for you. Pretty cool, right? If you bought your
domain a while ago, then you should keep watching. is
Gmail’s primary mail server. If that isn’t listed
first in your MX records, then your incoming mail
won’t be delivered to Gmail. Right now, your MX
records probably list a bunch of
non-Gmail mail servers, so even if you signed
up for Google Apps, your mail will continue to be
delivered to your old servers until you change your records. Don’t worry though. Changing your MX
records is easy. Just go to our MX records help
center article, right here, and choose the instructions
specific to your domain host. If you don’t know
who your host is, you can find out by reading
this help center article. The exact process varies
depending on your host but, generally speaking,
all you need to do is log into your
domain host’s website and locate the page where you
can update your domain’s DNS records. Next, find the MX record
section and edit the record with the lowest priority value. Once you point that record
to, your incoming mail
will eventually start flowing into Gmail. Just a disclaimer, we recommend
adding Gmail’s alternate mail servers as additional
MX records, just in case the primary
server isn’t working. You can copy and paste them
from this article right here. Another disclaimer,
your new MX records will not take
effect immediately. The length of the delay depends
directly on your old MX records time to live, otherwise known
as TTL, which sounds way cooler. So, if your TTL is
one hour, then it will take one hour for the
new records to start working. Well, that pretty
much covers it. Remember, we’ve
created specific step by step instructions for
over 75 domain hosts, so please check those out if you
have any lingering questions. And, as always,
thanks for watching.

38 thoughts on “MX Records: All You Need to Know”

  1. ok….one thing…the animation is very annoying = which makes it harder to pay attention to what you are saying or even see this video

  2. Spent whole day figuring out why godaddy created email from gmail sends out but not receiving anything. this should be the answer. I'll check if it works tomorrow. Thanks for the info.

  3. Best video on the topic ever! I work in cust support for a IT company and I send it to my clients every single time when we even mention MX. They love it – short, clear and pleasant to watch. Whoever made this – THANK YOU!

  4. हम G Suite{Google Email Hosting} के लिए सर्वश्रेष्ठ ऑफ़र प्रदान करते हैं #GSuiteGoogleEmailHosting

  5. The video claims to be "All You Need to Know". While in fact it left out allot, such as setting up subdomain mx records, or even going to the next step and improving upon MX records for security. This is not as the video claims, all you need to know about MX record. There is allot more to MX records than what was covered. Great video for beginners but like I said, "All" is a false claim.

  6. This is confusing!! My friend started his business with Yahoo and is not trying to change his email address. He wants to be in Gsuite… Can someone please contact me for an explanation?? Does the video above do that?

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