How do I change my MX records?

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If your domain is hosted with us or pointed to us, you can change your mail exchange records (MX records). Changing MX records allows you to change the server that receives email messages for a particular domain. Choose the option that matches the way your domain is set up with Homestead.
Option 1: Your domain is hosted with Homestead.

Option 2: Your domain is pointed to us by changes to the nameservers.

Important: If your domain is pointed to us by changing the A and CNAME records, you need to log in to your account with your domain provider to make these changes.

Getting Started
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Steps to take

Option 1: Domain hosted by Homestead
Before you make any changes, review these important notes:


  • When making MX record changes, any email messages or email addresses associated with your domain will be lost.

  • Because the mailboxes for your domain name will be hosted by another registrar, we will no longer be able to troubleshoot any problems you might have with the mailboxes for the domain name.

  • We aren't responsible for any email outages caused by the requested change. Changes to your MX record entries must be undertaken at your own risk.



  1. Click Domains on the left.







  1. Scroll down to find the domain name that you want to make changes to and click the Advanced DNS settings link.






Note: If you have changed your nameservers to that of another web host, you must change them back to our nameservers in order to update the MX records in your website account. 


  1. Click Edit.

  2. Make the changes to your MX records. You can also add a new MX record by clicking the Add a New MX Record link, or delete an existing MX record by checking the appropriate delete checkbox on the right.

  3. Click Submit.

  4. Review the changes and click Submit again.


Changes to your DNS settings take up to 48 hours to take effect.

Option 2: Domain pointed to Homestead by changing nameservers
Before you make any changes, review these important notes:


  • Changing your zone file records doesn't close your website account.

  • If you close your website account and you haven't transferred your domain name to a new registrar, your domain name won't be automatically renewed.

  • Your domain name might not resolve to the website hosted on our servers any longer. Therefore, we recommend that you change your nameservers only if you're ready for your domain name to be resolving to another site.

  • Because the domain name or email address might be hosted by another registrar, we will no longer be able to troubleshoot any problems you might have with the services.

  • We aren't responsible for domain or email outages caused by the requested change. Changes to zone file record entries must be undertaken at your own risk.



  1. Click Domains on the left.








  1. Scroll down to find the domain name that you want to make changes to and click the Advanced DNS settings link.







  1. Click Edit.

  2. Make the changes to your MX records. You can also add a new MX record by clicking the Add a New MX Record link, or delete an existing MX record by checking the appropriate delete checkbox on the right.

  3. Click Submit.

  4. Review the changes and click Submit.


Changes to your DNS settings take up to 48 hours to take effect.

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Official Response
The process for Google or any other email provider is very similar except that some companies may have more than one MX record. This thread shows the MX records for Google. https://community.homestead.com/homes...