Amazon Web Services: 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.

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, open the Amazon Web Services (AWS) site in a new tab. Keep the Setup Wizard open in the first tab.

  2. On the right, under Get Started with AWS for Free, click Sign in to the Console.
  3. Enter the email address and password you created when you purchased your domain from AWS.
  4. Click Sign In.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact AWS customer support.

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. Under AWS Services, click Route 53. It is also found under Networking & Content Delivery.

    Route 53 is selected

  2. Click Hosted zones.

    Hosted zones option is selected

  3. Select the domain you want to verify for G Suite.
  4. Click Go to Record Sets.

    The domain is selected and Go to Record Sets is selected

  5. Click Create Record Set.
  6. 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. In the Create Record Set pane, leave the Name field blank.
    2. From the Type field, select TXT - Text.

      TXT - Text is selected from the Type list.

    3. In the Alias field, leave the default of No.
    4. In the TTL field, leave the default value.
    5. In the Value field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in Step 1. Enclose the text in quotation marks.

      All TXT record elements have been added to the Create Record Set pane.

    6. In the Routing Policy field, leave the default policy.
    7. Click Create.
    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. In the Create Record Set pane, in the Name field, paste the contents of the Label/Host portion of the CNAME record provided by the Setup Wizard in Step 1.
    2. From the Type field, select CNAME - Canonical name.

      CNAME - Canonical name is the type of record selected.

    3. In the Alias field, leave the default of No.
    4. In the TTL field, leave the default value.

      All fields of the CNAME record have been filled in the Create Record Set pane.

    5. In the Value field, paste the long string of text and numbers from the Destination/Target portion of the CNAME record provided by the Setup Wizard in Step 1. Enclose the text in quotation marks.
    6. In the Routing Policy field, leave the default policy.
    7. Click Create.
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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