GoDaddy: Verify your domain

GoDaddy® domains can usually be verified automatically in the Google Setup Wizard. Use these instructions only if the automatic verification process fails.

Tip: Print these instructions to refer to them as you go through the verification steps.

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 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 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: Begin setup
Step 1: Get your unique verification record

You get the verification record in the Setup Wizard when you sign up.

Not in the Setup Wizard? Go to Find the G Suite Setup Wizard to find the verification record. Copy your unique verification record, return to this article, and go to Step 2: Sign in to your domain host.

  1. On the Verify your domain and set up email page, click Choose a different method and select Add a domain host record.

    Choose a Different Method drop-down menu

     

  2. From the Value/Answer/Destination field, copy the entire unique verification record.Value/Answer/Destination field shows an example of the verification record.

Tip: If you need a CNAME record instead of a TXT record, in the Add a new TXT record to your domain step in the Setup Wizard, click add a CNAME record. You'll copy and paste both parts of this record into your domain's DNS records.

  1. On the Verify your domain and set up email page, click Choose a different method and select Add a domain host record.

    Choose a Different Method drop-down menu

     

  2. Sign in to the GoDaddy website at http://www.godaddy.com in a new browser tab or window.

     

    If you don’t know your username and password, you can reset your password or contact GoDaddy support.
Step 2: Get your verification record
  1. Click through the Setup Wizard steps until you see the verification record.

    The record looks like this:

    google-site-verification=followed by a unique string of text and numbers.

     

    A red circle highlights the TXT verification record

     

  2. Copy the verification record (including the entire string of text and numbers).
Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. In the GoDaddy site, click Domains.
  2. Click the domain that you need to verify for your Google service.
  3. On the Domain Settings page, scroll down and click the Manage DNS link.
  4. At the bottom of the Records table, click Add.
  5. From the Type list, select TXT.

     

    TXT selected from the Type drop-down list.

     

  6. In the Host field, enter @. Leave the default value of 1 hour in the TTL field.
  7. In the TXT Value field, paste the verification code you copied earlier. Don't worry, adding a TXT record won't affect your email or website.

     

    TXT record created; click Save.

     

  8. Click Save to save the new verification record. You’ll see the TXT record added to the Records table

     

    Note: The change might take up to 48 hours to update. However, as you go through the next steps in the Google Setup Wizard, the wizard immediately starts checking for your new TXT record to verify your domain.
Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the Setup Wizard.
  2. Check the I saved the TXT verification record box or click Verify.
  3. If you’re a G Suite customer, go to Next steps to set up Gmail.

G Suite: Next steps

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

  1. Keep the Setup Wizard 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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