Gandi.net: Verify your domain

Tip: For convenience, expand the steps in this article and print it to refer to as you go through the verification process.

Why verify?

After you verify that you own your domain, you can start using your Google service, such as G Suite, G Suite Essentials, or Cloud Identity. If you have G Suite, you can start using Gmail, Google Drive, and all the other services included with your G Suite account.

Autoverify and set up Gmail with your Google service

Google has partnered with Gandi.net to autoverify your domain. Follow the prompts of the Setup Wizard to complete verification. If auto setup doesn’t work, follow the steps to verify manually.

The Setup Wizard detects that Gandi.net is your domain host and that your domain can be verified and your Gmail set up automatically.

  1. Click Verify.

    Verify your domain and set up email screen

    The Gandi.net Log in window opens.

  2. Enter your Gandi.net Username and Password.

    Gandi.net Login window

  3. Click Log in.

    The Authorization request appears.

    Authorization request window

  4. Click Accept.

    Google begins to verify your domain and add email MX records to your domain’s DNS records.

    Wait for domain to be verified.

  5. When your domain is verified and email is set up, click Next to enter the Google Admin console.

Manual verification instructions

Step 1: Get your unique verification record

If you already signed up for G Suite but didn't complete the setup process, you can pick up where you left off.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Open the setup tool and click Verify.

    A red circle highlights the "Activate" option in the domain verification section.

  3. Click Continue to verify your domain with a TXT record. You can also click Switch verification method if you need to use another method.

    A red circle highlights the Continue button at the bottom of the Here

  4. Click Copy to copy your unique verification record.

    A red circle highlights the Copy button next to the TXT verification record.

Step 2: Sign in to your domain host
  1. In the Admin Console, on the Verify your domain and set up email page, click the link to open your domain host sign-in page in a new tab.

    Note: If the Admin Console doesn’t provide a link to your domain, go to to the Gandi.net® site. Keep the Admin Console open in the first tab.

  2. Enter the username and password you created when you purchased your domain from Gandi.net.
  3. Click Log in.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact Gandi.net support.

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. On the left, click Domains.

    Domains is selected.

  2. Click the domain that you want to verify for your Google service.
  3. On the left, click DNS Records.

    DNS Records is selected.

  4. Click Add.
  5. Open the instructions for the type of verification record you want to add to your domain’s DNS records. Add a TXT verification record (most common)
    1. From the Type list, select TXT.

      From the Type list, select TXT

    2. In the TTL field, leave the default value.
    3. In the Name field, enter @.
    4. In the Text value field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in step 1.

      The TXT record fields are all complete.

    5. Click Create.
    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. From the Type list, select CNAME.

      From the Type lists, CNAME is selected.

    2. In the TTL field, leave the default value.
    3. In the Name field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Label / Host field from step 1.
    4. In the Hostname field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Destination / Target field from step 1. Enter a period at the end of the record.

      All of the CNAME record fields are completed.

    5. Click Create.
Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the setup tool in the Admin console and click Verify.

    A red circle highlights the "Activate" option in the domain verification section.

  2. Click Continue, then scroll to the bottom of the next page. Click Verify my domain.

    A red circle highlights the Verify My Domain button on Step 5. Add your TXT Record page of the wizard

G Suite: Next steps

Now it’s time to set up Gmail with your G Suite account.

  1. Keep the Admin console and your domain host pages open.
  2. In a separate browser tab or window, follow the instructions to set up Gmail (MX records) with your host.
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