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Verify your domain with a TXT record

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

Note: If you purchased your domain when you signed up for G Suite, you don’t need to verify.

Verify your domain for your Google service

You verify your domain through your domain host (typically where you purchased your domain name). Your domain host maintains settings called DNS records that direct internet traffic to your domain name.

Google gives you a TXT verification record to add to your domain host’s DNS records. When Google sees the record exists, your domain ownership is confirmed. The verification record doesn’t affect your website or email.

Need help with verification? Contact Google Support for fast, free, personalized help.

Add a TXT verification record (popular domain hosts)

  1. Identify your domain host. If you’re not sure, you can look up your domain host.
  2. Follow step-by-step verification instructions for some popular domain hosts.

If you don’t find instructions for your host, add your TXT verification record using the general instructions below.

Add a TXT verification record (any domain host)

 

1. Get your verification record

After you sign up for your Google service, the Setup Wizard guides you through setting up your account, including domain verification.

If you’re still in the Setup Wizard, skip to step 3. Otherwise, start with step 1.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. At the top of the Admin console dashboard, click Start Setup or Verify Domain.
  3. On the Verify your domain page, you should see the Log in to your domain host’s website section. If you don’t, click Choose a different method and select Add a domain host record (TXT or CNAME).
  4. Check the following boxes:
    • I have successfully logged in.
    • I have opened the control panel for my domain.
  5. In the Create a new TXT record section, copy the contents of the Value/Answer/Destination field. This is your verification record.

     

    The TXT Value/Answer/Destination record is shown.

2. Go to your domain's DNS records
  1. In a second browser window or tab, sign in to your domain host account. Help me find my host.
  2. Go to your domain’s DNS records. The page might be called something like DNS Management, Name Server Management, Control Panel, or Advanced Settings.
  3. Select the option to add a new record.
3. Add the verification record
  1. For the record type, select TXT.
  2. In the Name/Host/Alias field, enter @ or leave it blank. Your other DNS records may indicate which you should use.
  3. In the Time to Live (TTL) field, enter 86400 or leave the default.
  4. In the Value/Answer/Destination field, paste the verification record you copied from the Setup Wizard.
  5. Save the record.

Note: If you see a warning message about changing your DNS settings, disregard it. Adding the TXT record won’t damage your website or DNS settings.

4. Complete domain verification
  1. Return to the Setup Wizard in the first browser window.
  2. Check the I saved the TXT verification record or the I have saved the TXT record box.
  3. Continue following the steps in the Setup Wizard, or if you completed all the steps, click Verify.

TXT record changes can take up to 72 hours to go into effect, but it usually happens much sooner.

Need help or want to verify your change? 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.

Next steps (G Suite only)

Now it’s time to set up Gmail with G Suite. Keep the Setup Wizard and domain host site tabs or windows open in your browser. In a new tab or window, open detailed instructions for setting up Gmail with your host.

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