Namecheap: Verify your domain

Important! Use this article to set up a new domain with Google Workspace. If you've been using Google Workspace with your domain for more than 3 days, your domain is already verified.

Why verify?

We don't want someone else to use your domain to sign up for Google Workspace. You can help us keep your domain safe by showing us that you are the owner.

How to verify

Step 1: Get your unique verification record

If you already signed up for Google Workspace 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.

    Shows 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 Workspace to check your verification code
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. Click Continue.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click Verify my domain.

Important! It might take additional time for your registrar to publish the verification code. If the Google Workspace setup tool gives you an error message, wait an hour before you try again.

In extreme cases, it can take up to 48 hours for your registrar to publish your verification code.

Next steps

  1. Return to the Google Workspace setup tool, where you can:
    • Add other users to your account.
    • Activate Gmail for your organization.
  2. Review the quick start guides to continue setting up Google Workspace for your organization.



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