Verify your domain for Google Workspace

Before using Google Workspace, you must verify that you own your domain. A domain is what comes after the “www.” in web addresses. For example, this could be your organization's name, followed by “.com” or “.org”, such as yourbusiness.com or yourschool.org.

The reason you have to verify that you own your domain is to ensure that no one else is trying to use your domain and your Google service without your permission (to send emails, for example). After you verify your domain, you can start using Google Workspace services.

Important:

  • If you bought your domain from a Google partner when you signed up for Google Workspace, your domain has already been verified.
  • If you're verifying your domain Essentials edition, go here instead.

How to verify your domain

Use our step-by-step instructions to verify your domain based on your domain host. A domain host is an internet service that manages your domain name (GoDaddy™, enom®, DreamHost®, and 1&1℠, to name a few examples).

SEE THE VERIFICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR DOMAIN HOST

If you aren’t sure who your domain host is—You can get help identifying your domain host or find generic steps if your host isn't listed. These options will lead you to the same outcome.

If you purchased your domain through Google—Your domain will be automatically verified and there are no further steps needed.

About domain verification

How domain verification works
  • When you sign up for Google Workspace, you’re given a verification record.
  • To verify your domain, you have to sign in to your domain host (typically where you bought your domain name, for example GoDaddy™ or Enom®). Then, you add this record to your domain’s DNS records or DNS settings.
  • When you’ve added the verification record, from your Google Admin console, tell Google to look for this record. When Google sees it, your domain is verified and you can start using your services.
What you need to verify your domain

To verify your domain with Google, you must have:

  • The sign-in information for your domain host— You can usually reset your passwords in the sign-in section of most domain hosts.
    If you’re not sure where you bought your domain, see Identify your domain host.
  • The verification record or file from Google—When you sign up for Google Workspace, you can choose which type of verification record you want to use.
    If you can access your domain’s DNS settings at your domain host, copy and paste the TXT, CNAME, or MX record. You can also upload a meta tag or HTML file to your website. You can find out which record is best to use with your domain host in the host-specific instructions.
  • Access to your domain’s DNS settings or access to your website—You need to add the TXT, CNAME, or MX record to your domain’s DNS settings. Or, you can add the meta tag or HTML file to your website’s files.
    The verification record doesn’t affect your website or email.
Get help to verify

Help is available to verify your domain. Contact support for personalized help that’s included with your Google Workspace subscription. Google Cloud Support is available for customers with Silver, Gold, or Platinum support levels.

FAQ

How do I find Google Workspace's domain verification tool?

If you signed up for Google Workspace but didn't complete the setup process, you can pick up where you left off.

Who is my domain host?

If you’re not sure where you bought your domain, see Identify your domain host.

Is my domain verified?
If you haven't verified your primary domain, you'll see a Set up Admin Console prompt at the top of the Admin console dashboard that will walk you through the steps to verify.

To check if a secondary domain is verified, follow these steps:

  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 Home page, go to Domainsand thenManage domains.
    • If you see your domain information displayed, your domain is verified.
    • If you see Activate domain in the Status column next to your domain name, click the link and follow the verification instructions.
When should I verify my domain?
  • Verify your domain or secondary domain as soon as possible to use Google Workspace services. Verifying your domain doesn’t affect your email or website.
  • You must verify your domain within the first 9 days of your free trial period, or your Google Workspace account will be automatically canceled and you'll have to sign up again.
How long does verification take?

Adding your Google Workspace verification record takes about 10 minutes. The time it takes for your verification record to become active depends on your domain host. After your records are active, it can take up to one hour for us to confirm you added the record, but it usually happens quickly.

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