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 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 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 Amazon Web Services® site in a new tab. The Setup Wizard remains open in the first tab..
  2. Click My Account and AWS Management Console to sign in to Amazon Web Services.

    If you don’t know your username and password, you can click Forgot your password? to reset your password or contact Amazon Web Services support.


    AWS Management Console is selected on the My Account drop-down menu.

Step 3. Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. In the Networking section on the left side of the AWS site, click Route 53.


    Networking Section


  2. Under Resources, click Hosted Zones.


    Resources: Hosted Zones


  3. Select the domain name you want to verify for your Google service. In this example, we'll use the domain, but you'll see your own domain name instead.

    Click Go to Record Sets.


    Go to record sets button


  4. Click Create Record Set.


    Create Record Set button


    This opens the Record Set form on the right side of the page.

  5. Leave the Name field blank.
  6. Leave the Alias field set to No.
  7. From the Type drop-down list, select TXT-Text.


    TXT option on Type drop-down list


  8. Paste the entire verification code into the Value field.


    Create Record Set form


  9. Click Create to save your new TXT record.

    Your page will refresh, and you’ll see your TXT record listed in the Record Set table.

    Note: It may take up to 30 minutes 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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