Network Solutions: 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.

How do I verify?

When you sign up for your Google service, you get a verification record that you copy and paste into your domain settings (usually stored with your domain host).

Need help with verification? Contact G Suite support for fast, personalized help that’s included with your G Suite subscription. Google Cloud support is available for customers with Silver, Gold, or Platinum support levels.

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, open the Network Solutions® site in a new tab. Keep the Admin Console open in the first tab.

  2. On the Network Solutions homepage, in the upper right, click login.
  3. Under Log into Account Manager, enter the username and password you created when you purchased your domain from Network Solutions.
  4. From Log in to, select Manage All Services.
  5. Click Login.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can retrieve your username and reset your password or contact Network Solutions support.

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. From the Network Solutions Account Manager, under My Domain Names, click Edit DNS.

    Edit DNS link

  2. Click Change Where Domain Points.

    Change Where Domain Points button

  3. Select Advanced DNS and click Continue.

    Advanced DNS option

  4. 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. Scroll down to Text (TXT Records) and click Edit TXT Records.

      Under Text (TXT Records) the Edit TXT Records button is selected.

    2. In the first open Host field, enter @.
    3. In the TTL field, leave the default value of 7200 (seconds).
    4. In the Text field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in step 1.

      The TXT record has been entered in the third row of the TXT records table. The Continue button is selected.

    5. Scroll down and click Continue.
    6. Click Save Changes to confirm the verification record.

      On the Confirm Your Request window, the TXT record is shown and the Save Changes button is selected.

    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. Scroll down to the Host Aliases (CNAME Records) and click Edit CNAME Records.

      Under Host Aliases (CNAME Records), the Edit CNAME Records button is selected.

    2. In the Alias field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Label / Host field from step 1.
    3. In the TTL field, leave the default value of 7200 (seconds).
    4. From Refers to Host Name, select @ (none).
    5. In the Other Host field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Destination / Target field from step 1.

      The CNAME record is entered in the first row of the Add/Edit Host Aliases (CNAME Records) table. The Continue button is selected.

    6. Scroll down and click Continue.
    7. Click Save Changes to confirm the verification record.

      In the Confirm Your Request window, the CNAME record is shown and the Save Changes button is selected.

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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