Hover: Protect your domain

Important! Use this article to set up a new domain with Google Workspace. If you've been using Google Workspace with your domain for more than 3 days, your domain is already verified.

Why verify?

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.

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 Google Workspace support for fast, personalized help that’s included with your Google Workspace subscription. Google Cloud support is available for customers with Silver, Gold, or Platinum support levels.

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 account at Hover
  1. Open Hover in a new tab and keep the setup tool open in the first tab.
  2. Enter the username and password that you created when you purchased your domain from Hover, and click Sign In.

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

Step 3: Add your verification code to Hover
  1. Find the domain you're setting up today, and click the DNS tab.

    DNS tab

  2. Click Add a Record.

    Add A Record button

  3. Add your verification code:

    Record Type > TXT option

    • choose TXT from the dropdown menu.
    • for Hostname, enter @.
    • for Content, paste the verification code that you copied in step 1.
    • for TTL, leave the default value of 15 minutes.
  4. Click Add Record.

Your verification code is now saved as a TXT record and will soon be visible to other computers on the internet.

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.


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