Setting Up Google Apps Email for a Subdomain


Setting up Google Apps Email for your subdomain can seem like a confusing task, especially if you're not a tech wizard. But don't worry, even if the closest you've come to 'coding' is setting up your Wi-Fi, this guide should help to simplify the process for you.

How to Set Up Google Apps Email for Your Subdomain

Alright, let's get down to business. Setting up Google Apps Email for your subdomain involves a few steps, but I promise it's not as complicated as it sounds.

  1. Create your subdomain: First things first, you need to create your subdomain. This is usually done through your hosting provider. If you're unsure how to do this, check out your hosting provider's help center or get in touch with their support team.

  2. Set up Google Workspace: Next, you need to set up a Google Workspace account. This will give you access to Google Apps Email and a range of other useful tools. To do this, go to the Google Workspace website and follow the prompts to set up an account, if you haven't already.

  3. Verify your domain: Once you've set up your Google Workspace account, you'll need to verify your domain with Google. This involves adding a verification record to your domain's DNS settings. Don't worry, Google provides clear instructions on how to do this during the setup process.

  4. Set up email for your subdomain: Finally, you need to set up email for your subdomain. This is done in the Google Workspace admin console. Simply go to the "Domains" section, click on "Manage domains", and then add your subdomain. Once your subdomain is added, you can set up email for it.

Note: It can take up to 72 hours for DNS changes to propagate throughout the internet, so don't worry if your new email address isn't working straight away. Just be patient and give it some time.

Common Errors and Issues

Like any tech-related task, setting up Google Apps Email for a subdomain can come with its own set of issues or challenges. Here are a few common issues you might encounter:

  • Domain verification issues: If you're having trouble verifying your domain with Google, double-check that you've entered the verification record correctly. If you're still having issues, it might be worth contacting your hosting provider for help.

  • Email not working: If your new email address isn't working, remember that it can take up to 72 hours for DNS changes to propagate. If it's been longer than this and you're still having issues, check that you've set up your email correctly in the Google Workspace admin console.

Remember, when in doubt, Google is your friend. There are plenty of helpful resources out there if you get stuck on a specific issue. And if all else fails, you can always ask for help on the Workspace Support forums.

Setting Up Google Apps Email for Multiple Subdomains

Running multiple subdomains and want to set up Google Apps Email for each of them? No problem! You can set up Google Apps Email for each of your subdomains following the same steps as setting it up for a single subdomain.

The key thing to remember is that each subdomain is treated as a separate entity. So, you'll need to verify each subdomain with Google and set up MX records for each one.

Wait! Be careful when setting up MX records for your subdomains. Make sure you're not changing the MX records of your main domain by mistake. Again, don't be afraid to ask for help if you're not sure what you're doing.


Setting up Google Apps Email for your subdomain, or even multiple subdomains, isn't as difficult as it might seem. It's a straightforward process that can provide you with a professional email address for each of your subdomains, along with access to a host of useful Google Workspace tools. Just remember to treat each subdomain as a separate entity, and you'll be just fine.

Last Updated: September 8th, 2023
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