Add a TXT record

When using Google for Work services, you can add a TXT record to verify domain ownership or implement a number of email security measures. You add TXT records using the administration tools at your domain host, not the Google Admin console. The exact steps for your host might vary. Below you can find generic steps that apply for any host as well as specific instructions for several popular hosts.

Add a TXT record (host-specific steps)

Before following our generic steps, see if you can find specific steps for your domain host.

Add a TXT record (generic steps)
  1. Sign in to your domain's account at your domain host. Who is my domain host?
  2. Locate the page for updating your domain's DNS records.

    The page might be called something like DNS Management, Name Server Management, or Advanced Settings.

  3. Locate the TXT records for your domain. You may already have one or more records resembling:
    Name / Host / Alias Time to Live (TTL) Record Type Value / Answer / Destination
    Blank or @ 86400 TXT v=spf1 ip4: ~all
  4. Add a TXT record with the correct values for your desired use case. To find out exactly what values to enter, see TXT record values.
  5. Save your changes and wait until they take effect.
Add a TXT record (partner host steps)

If you purchased your domain from a Google partner while signing up for your Google for Work account, you must go to your Google Admin console to access your domain's DNS settings. See Access DNS records from a partner host.

TXT record changes can take up to 72 hours to go into effect, but typically they happen much sooner.

Need help or want to verify your change? To begin, see Troubleshoot TXT records. If you still need help after that, or if you can't access your domain's DNS records, contact your domain host directly for assistance.

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