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Identify your domain host

What's a domain host?

Your domain host is the Internet hosting service that stores the records you need to update when you set up G Suite. These DNS records control where you receive your email, your web addresses, and settings for your domain.

For G Suite, you can add a record (TXT or CNAME record depending on the host) to verify your domain ownership   and update MX records to set up Gmail. You make the record changes to your domain host, not your Google Admin console.  

If making record changes sound a little technical, we give you step-by-step instructions and Google Support is always available to help, 24/7.  

Find your domain host

  1. Go to the whois lookup page provided by ICANN, a non-profit organization that compiles domain information. (You can also search for “whois free” to find a company that performs free lookups.)
  2. Enter your domain name in the search field and click Lookup.
  3. In the results page, look for the Registrar section for the name of your domain host and website. For example:

    Registrar: Polarmatix.com Domain Services

    Registrar URL: www.polarmatix.com or URL: www.polarmatix.com

  4. Now that you know your domain host, you can update your domain records for G Suite:​

Questions?

Get quick, personal help from our Support team

How do I verify my domain and set MX records for Gmail at my domain host? I purchased my domain when I signed up for G Suite (through a partner host)

If you purchased your domain when you signed up for G Suite, your domain host is one of our domain registration partners — GoDaddy®, Enom®, or discountdomains24.com®. To find out which one:

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. From the Admin console dashboard, go to Domains.

    To see Domains, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click Add/Remove Domains. You'll see your domain host and domain renewal information. 
  4. Click Advanced DNS settings to view your user name and password information for your partner host and access DNS settings or transfer to another host.
I need help setting up my domain records

Get quick, personal help from our Support team. Note: we can’t make the changes to your domain host for you, but we can give you help to update your domain records.

You can also visit the G Suite forum to see domain verification tips and post questions to experts in the community.

My domain records aren’t managed by the domain registrar shown in whois

In rare cases, your domain host is not your domain registrar (where you purchased your domain). You can find information about your domain host by looking up your domain’s name servers.

  1. Go to the whois lookup page provided by ICANN, a non-profit organization that compiles domain information. (You can also search for “whois free” to find a company that performs free lookups.)
  2. Enter your domain name in the search field and click Lookup.
  3. In the results page, look for the Name Server section. For example:

Domain Name:                   kitbeat.org

Registrar Name:                namecheap.com

Name Server:                     ns1.wordpress.com

The domain host name is usually embedded in name of name server. In this example, the name server is “wordpress”, which is associated with the domain host, WordPress.com. The domain host may not be obvious, so if you need assistance, contact our Support team or visit the G Suite forum to post questions to experts in the community.

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