123-reg.co.uk: Protect your domain

Why verify?

A Beginner's Guide to Signing up for Google Workspace

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.

Step 1: Get your verification code from Google Workspace
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. Click Continue to verify your domain with a TXT record.

  3. Look for your verification code in the setup tool and click Copy.

    Shows the Copy button next to the Google Workspace verification code.

Step 2: Sign in to your 123-reg.co.uk account
  1. In the Admin Console, 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 Admin Console doesn’t provide a link to your domain, click here to open the 123-reg.co.uk site in a new tab. The Admin Console remains open in the first tab.
  2. Click Control Panel at the top of the page to sign in to 123-reg.co.uk.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact 123-reg.co.uk support.

Step 3: Add your verification code to 123-reg.co.uk
  1. Under Manage Active Products, locate the domain you're setting up and click Manage

    Manage button

  2. In the Advanced Domain Settings section, click Manage DNS.

    Manage DNS link

  3. Under Manage your DNS, click the Advanced DNS tab.

    Advanced DNS tab

  4. Use the form at the bottom of the page to create a new TXT record. Adding this record won't affect your email or website.

    DNS form

  5. Enter @ in the Host name field.
  6. From the Type drop-down list, click TXT/SPF.

    TXT selected on Type drop-down list

  7. Paste the entire verification code into the Destination TXT/SPF field.
  8. Click Add to save your new TXT record.

    Add button

    Your page will refresh, and you’ll see the new TXT record listed.

    TXT record listed

    Note: It can take up to 48 hours for this change to take effect. 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 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.


Google, Google Workspace, and related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC. All other company and product names are trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

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