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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 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 G Suite, you get a verification record that you copy and paste into your domain settings.

Need help with verification? Contact G Suite support for fast, free, personalized help.  


1. Begin setup

When you initially sign up for G Suite, Google provides the verification record in the G Suite Setup Wizard (on the Verify your domain and set up email page).

If you need to verify your domain and you’re not already in the Setup Wizard, go to Find the G Suite verification record for information on how to enter a G Suite verification Setup Wizard. Select TXT as your verification method in the wizard and then return to this article. Move on to the second Begin setup step and log into your domain host website.

  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. Click the link in the wizard to open your domain host sign-in page in a new tab.

    Note: If the 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.

  3. In the Bluehost site, click login at the upper right.


    Bluehost Login Button


  4. 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 2: Get your verification record
  1. Click through the Setup Wizard steps until you see the verification record.

    The record looks like this:

    google-site-verification=followed by a unique string of text and numbers.


    A red circle highlights the TXT verification record


  2. Copy the verification record (including the entire string of text and numbers).
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 G Suite 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 G Suite Setup Wizard in the first browser tab.
  2. Check the I saved the TXT verification record box and go to Next steps.

Next steps

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

  1. Keep the Setup Wizard and your domain host website open.
  2. In a separate browser tab or window, open the instructions for setting up Gmail with your host.
  3. Follow the instructions to set up your MX records for mail delivery to Gmail.



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