Verify your domain with a TXT record

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, Drive Enterprise, 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. For details, see Identify your domain host.

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 does not affect your website or email.

Add a TXT verification record (any domain host)

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1. Get your verification record

You can get your verification record in the Setup Wizard or in your Google Admin console.

Get your record in the Setup Wizard

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

  1. On the Verify your domain and set up email page, click the link to open your domain host's sign in page in a new tab. If you don't have the option to open your domain host's sign-in page, click Choose a different method and select Add a domain host record (TXT or CNAME).
  2. Sign in to your domain host.
  3. In the Setup Wizard, check the following boxes:
    • I have successfully logged in.
    • I have opened the control panel for my domain.
  4. 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.

Get your record in the Admin console

If you're not in the Setup Wizard, you can set up your Google Service in your Google Admin console.

  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 Home page, click Start Setup or Verify Domain.
  3. Click Begin verification.
  4. Click Select your domain registrar or provider and then Other.
  5. In the Create a new TXT record section, copy the contents of the Value/Answer/Destination field. This is your verification record.

     

2. Go to your domain's DNS records
  1. In a second browser window or tab, sign in to your domain host account. For details, see Identify your domain 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 to your domain host
  1. For the record type, select TXT.
  2. In the Name/Host/Alias field, enter @ or leave it blank.
    Your host might require you to enter your domain, which looks like yourdomain.com, into this field. Your other DNS records might indicate what you should enter.
  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 in step 1.
  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. Click Verify.
  3. To finish the set up, click Continue.

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

You can check the status of your change by looking up which DNS records are currently in effect for your domain. For details, see Troubleshoot TXT records.

For additional help, or if you can't access your domain's DNS records, contact your domain host.

Get support

If you need help with verification you can contact G Suite Support.

Next steps (G Suite only)

After you verify your domain, you can 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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