Namecheap: Verify your domain

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, G Suite Essentials, 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.

How to verify

Step 1: Get your unique verification record

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

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. Open the setup tool and click Verify.

    A red circle highlights the "Activate" option in the domain verification section.

  3. Click Continue to verify your domain with a TXT record. You can also click Switch verification method if you need to use another method.

    A red circle highlights the Continue button at the bottom of the Here

  4. Click Copy to copy your unique verification record.

    A red circle highlights the Copy button next to the TXT verification record.

Step 2: Sign in to your domain host
  1. Leave the Google Admin console open.
  2. Open a new browser tab or window and go to the Namecheap® site.
  3. At the top left of the Namecheap site, click Sign In.
  4. Enter the username and password you created when you purchased your domain from Namecheap.
  5. Click Sign In.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact Namecheap Support.

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. From the Namecheap dashboard, next to the domain that you want to verify, click Manage.

    Manage button on domain dashboard.

  2. Click Advanced DNS.

    Advanced DNS tab

  3. Scroll down to Host Records and below the host records table, click Add New Record.

    The red Add New Record button is below the Host Records table.

  4. Open the instructions for the type of verification record you want to add to your domain’s DNS records. Add a TXT verification record (most common)
    1. From the record type list, select TXT Record.
    2. In the Host field, enter @.
    3. In the Value field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in step 1.
    4. In the TTL field, leave the default of Automatic.
    5. Click Save All Changes.

      Verification record pasted into Value field.

    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. From the record type list, select CNAME Record.
    2. In the Host field, enter the contents of the Label/Host field from step 1.
    3. In the Value field, enter the contents of the Destination/Target field from step 1.
    4. In the TTL field, leave the default of Automatic.
    5. Click Save All Changes.

      The CNAME record is entered into the host record fields.

Note: The change can take up to 24 hours to update. However, as you go through the next steps to set up your Google services, Google immediately starts checking for your new verification record to verify your domain.

Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the setup tool in the Admin console and click Verify.

    A red circle highlights the "Activate" option in the domain verification section.

  2. Click Continue, then scroll to the bottom of the next page. Click Verify my domain.

    A red circle highlights the Verify My Domain button on Step 5. Add your TXT Record page of the wizard

G Suite: Next steps

Now it’s time to set up Gmail with your G Suite account.

  1. Keep the Admin console and your domain host pages open.
  2. In a separate browser tab or window, follow the instructions to set up Gmail (MX records) with your host.
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