Setting up mail send/receive with google domains and digital ocean

Posted September 21, 2016 5.6k views

I have a domain “” through Google Domains. Since I’m using Digital Ocean’s DNS, I can’t use google domain’s send/receive for emails like “” I get a message: “It looks like you’ve changed your name servers. All settings for your domain (including website, email, synthetic records and resource records) are currently disabled. To enable these settings, you will need to restore the Google Domains name servers.” Which makes sense since I’m using DO’s nameservers.

My question is: how can I send emails from the gmail client that appear to be sent from “” and receive emails sent to “” appear in the gmail client? I don’t want to host my own mail server because I won’t be able to manage it and there’s a lot of headache/unsafeness there.


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I know there is possibility to add GMail records, maybe that is what you need.

Anyways there is tutorial you could have use of - How To Set Up Gmail with Your Domain on DigitalOcean

by Mitchell Anicas
One way to send and receive email through your own custom domain is to use a third-party mail service, such as the mail service included with Google Apps (Gmail) or Zoho. The main benefit of using a third-party mail service, as opposed to managing your own mail server, is that you can avoid performing the ongoing maintenance that running a mail server entails. This tutorial will show you how to set up Gmail with your own domain that is managed by DigitalOcean's Domain Name Servers.
  • From my understanding, this tutorial has me pay for google apps ($5-$10 a month), which I’m trying to circumvent. Thanks for the link though.