Bluehost: 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, 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.

How do I verify?

When you sign up for your Google service, you get a verification record that you copy and paste into your domain settings (usually stored with your domain host).

Need help with verification? Contact G Suite support for fast, personalized help that’s included with your G Suite subscription. Google Cloud support is available for customers with Silver, Gold, or Platinum support levels.

Step 1: Get your unique verification record

You get the verification record in the Setup Wizard when you sign up.

Not in the Setup Wizard? Go to Find the G Suite Setup Wizard to find the verification record. Copy your unique verification record, return to this article, and go to Step 2: Sign in to your domain host.

  1. On the Verify your domain and set up email page, click Choose a different method and select Add a domain host record.

    Choose a Different Method drop-down menu


  2. From the Value/Answer/Destination field, copy the entire unique verification record.Value/Answer/Destination field shows an example of the verification record.

Tip: If you need a CNAME record instead of a TXT record, in the Add a new TXT record to your domain step in the Setup Wizard, click add a CNAME record. You'll copy and paste both parts of this record into your domain's DNS records.

Step 2: Sign in to your domain host

  1. In the Setup Wizard, on the Verify your domain and set up email page, click the link to open your domain host sign-in page in a new tab.
    Note: If the Setup Wizard doesn’t provide a link to your domain, click here to open the Bluehost® site in a new tab. The Setup Wizard remains open in the first tab.
  2. In the Bluehost site, click login at the upper right.


    Bluehost Login Button


  3. Under hosting login, enter the domain or username and password you created when you purchased your domain from Bluehost, and click submit.


    Login credential fields


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

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. If this is the first time you log in to your Bluehost site, click i can do it in the pop-up menu, and then click close this guide.


    I can do it button


  2. Select domains and then click zone editor.


    A red circle highlights the zone editor option under the domains tab.


  3. Find the Add DNS Record section, and click the Type drop-down list. Then select TXT. Adding this TXT record won't affect your email or website.


    DNS Zone Editor page


  4. Paste the entire verification code into the TXT Value field.
  5. Enter @ in the Host Record field.
  6. Change the default value in the TTL field to 14400, then click add record. (Bluehost does not allow TTLs lower than 14400.)


    Add Record button


  7. The added TXT record will be displayed under TXT (Text) in the Zone File Records section.

    Your page will refresh, and you’ll see a green Success! confirmation message to let you know that the TXT record has been added.

    Note: The change may take up to 24 hours to update. However, as you go through the next steps in the Setup Wizard, the wizard immediately starts checking for your new TXT record to verify your domain.

Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the Setup Wizard.
  2. Check the I saved the verification record box or click Verify.
  3. If you’re a G Suite customer, go to Next steps to set up Gmail.

G Suite: Next steps

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

  1. Keep the Setup Wizard 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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