Network Solutions: Verify your domain

Why verify?

A Beginner's Guide to Signing up for Google Workspace

We don't want someone else to use your domain to sign up for Google Workspace. You can help us keep your domain safe by showing us that you are the owner.

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 Google Workspace support for fast, personalized help that’s included with your Google Workspace subscription. Google Cloud support is available for customers with Silver, Gold, or Platinum support levels.

Step 1: Get your verification code from Google Workspace
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. Click Continue to verify your domain with a TXT record.

  3. Look for your verification code in the setup tool and click Copy.

    Shows the Copy button next to the Google Workspace verification code.

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 Workspace to check your verification code
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. Click Continue.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click Verify my domain.

Important! It might take additional time for your registrar to publish the verification code. If the Google Workspace setup tool gives you an error message, wait an hour before you try again.

In extreme cases, it can take up to 48 hours for your registrar to publish your verification code.

Next steps

  1. Return to the Google Workspace setup tool, where you can:
    • Add other users to your account.
    • Activate Gmail for your organization.
  2. Review the quick start guides to continue setting up Google Workspace for your organization.


Google, Google Workspace, and related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC. All other company and product names are trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

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