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Google Apps Setup with Mail


A few things you need to get ready before making the move to GApps.

  1. Login to your registrar so that you’ll have access to edit your domain name properties.
  2. You’ll need to be able to create a CNAME record. There are other ways around this, but I don’t like them as they are used at the hosting level so you need to figure out how to change the records for your domain.
  3. Get started with GApps signup. (It will open in a new window so you can use this for reference.)
  4. You will have to verify your domain using the CNAME option I mentioned earlier. (Jump to SECTION 2 once you’ve setup the initial GApps account and verified ownership)


Changing access URL for each App

  1. Click an application, such as Email under Core Google Apps Suite
  2. Click the second button and enter the prefix you’d like to use, ie: email.yourdomain.com
  3. Click continue and follow the instruction to add yet another CNAME record to your domain. You can do this for each of the apps.


Setting up Google as your primary email server

  1. You’ll need to edit/change/add your MX Records. Again, I prefer to do this at the Registar/Domain level, however, you can also do it via your Web Hosting control panel, such as cPanel, under Mail > MX Records.
  2. You want Google to act as your primary mail server so you have to direct the MX Records.

This can take upto 24 hours to fully propagate. Once everything has been propagated you should be able to visit – ie: email.yourdomain.com and login to your email account.


  1. Add new account and configure as IMAP.

Incoming/IMAP: Use SSL

imap.gmail.com          port 993

Outgoing/SMTP: Use SSL

smtp.gmail.com          port 587

Authentication: Use same as incoming (username/pass)
*Note: username is yourname@yourdomain.com

One Response to “Google Apps Setup with Mail”

  1. Adam says:

    Outgoing/SMTP: Use TLS, port 587

    source: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=77689

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