Most hosting accounts offer customers email services that are quite adequate. Some of them even provide web-based access to those accounts. Still, some customers may prefer the familiarity of their cloud email service, such as Gmail. They may also have their business tied to Google Apps or another cloud service. In such a case, you can easily make Google Apps your default email server in cPanel.
To configure cPanel to use Google Apps mail, do the following:
1. Login to cPanel and navigate to Mail section.
2. Select MX entry.
3. If you have multiple domains, select the domain you want to configure. Otherwise, skip to step 4.
4. In the “Email Routing” section, choose “Remote Mail Exchanger”
5. Giving it a priority of zero (lower priority is first), set the destination to your cloud service provider
(This may vary, but for Google, it may be something like ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM)
6. Click “Add New Record”
7. Repeat steps for the other records (Google requires several).
If you have any existing MX entries, delete them or give them lower priority than your cloud provider’s.
Now, any email sent to addresses at your domain will automatically be routed to your Google Apps gmail accounts, according to the addresses you have setup within that system. It should be noted that your web host will still have to route the email, so it will need to rely on your host’s DNS servers. For more information about setting up your email for other cloud service providers, you should consult their documentation.