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Yahoo: Verify your domain

Why we verify

We verify that you own your domain — that’s your business web address, like yourcompany.com — to ensure that no one else is using your domain for G Suite without your permission (to send email, for example).

How verification works

The G Suite Setup Wizard gives you a unique verification code that you will add to the domain settings at your host, Yahoo. Your domain host manages technical settings for your domain and may also provide email or web hosting. (Yahoo not your domain host? See instructions for other hosts.)

These instructions walk you through adding a CNAME record that contains the verification codes to your Yahoo domain settings.

Let's get started.

G Suite has two versions of the Setup Wizard. Both wizards verify your domain, but the steps are a little different. Choose the instructions below for your version of the Setup Wizard.

Setup Wizard Version 1 Setup Wizard Version 2

If you don’t see either of these screens, see the step below to open the Setup Wizard.

Open the G Suite Setup Wizard
  1. Go to admin.google.com to sign in to the Google Admin console. Enter your G Suite email address and password. (This email address ends with @yourcompany.com, and is not an @gmail.com or a personal Google account.)
  2. After you sign in, you’ll see the Setup Wizard at the top of the Admin console. Click Verify Domain.

  3. Leave the Setup Wizard open in this browser window. You’ll continue to refer to it during the verification process. In a moment, you’ll open a different browser window to sign in to your domain hosts website.

Instructions for Setup Wizard Version 1

1. Choose verification method

These instructions cover the steps in Version 1 of the G Suite Setup Wizard to verify your domain. After verifying, you can set up Gmail and start using Docs, Calendar, and more apps.

When you open the G Suite Setup Wizard, you’ll see the Verify by adding a meta tag option. (This option is best if you’re a webmaster or can edit HTML on your company’s website.)

Click the Choose another verification method drop-down list and select Add a domain host record (TXT or CNAME).

G Suite Setup Wizard

Click below for the next step.
2. Sign in to Yahoo

You should now see the Add the verification code to your domain host step in the G Suite Setup Wizard.

Log in to your domain host

  1. Leave the G Suite Setup Wizard open.
  2. Then open a new browser window and go to the Yahoo site at domains.yahoo.com.

    Whenever you see the G Suite icon in these instructions, you’ll complete that step in the G Suite Setup Wizard.
  3. In the top corner of the Yahoo site, click Sign In.
  4. Enter the Yahoo username and password that you created when you purchased your domain from Yahoo. Click Sign In.

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

    You're now in the Domain Control Panel.

  5. In the G Suite Setup Wizard, check the I signed in to my domain host box.

Click below for the next step.
3. Go to the Yahoo domain settings
  1. In the Yahoo Domain Control Panel, if you have multiple domains registered with Yahoo, select the domain name that you want to verify for G Suite from the list on the left. In this example, we'll use the domain yourcompany.com, but you'll see your own domain name instead.

    Select Manage Advanced DNS Settings in the Domain Name section.

    Manage Advanced DNS Settings link

    You're now in the Advanced DNS Settings for your domain.

  2. In the G Suite Setup Wizard, check the I opened the domain management settings box.

Click below for the next step.
4. Add a new CNAME record to your domain
  1. In the Yahoo site, click Add Record to create a new DNS CNAME record. Adding this CNAME record won't affect your email or website.

    Add Record button

  2. In the G Suite Setup Wizard, go to the Add a new TXT record to your domain step.

  3. Click add a CNAME record.
    It is possible to add a TXT record to your domain by contacting Yahoo customer service, but this process can take longer.
  4. Copy the first verification code in the CNAME Host or Label box. The verification code is an 11 character string of letters, numbers, and symbols.

    Be sure to use the unique code provided to you in the Setup Wizard, not the example code shown here.

    CName Label/Host Field Verification Code

  5. In the Yahoo site, paste the entire CNAME Host or Label verification code into the Source field.

    Source field with Verification Code entered

  6. In the G Suite Setup Wizard, copy the second verification code in the CNAME Destination or Target field. The verification code is a long string of letters, numbers, and symbols that ends with googlehosted.com.

    Google CName Destination/Target verification code

  7. In the Yahoo site, paste the entire second verification code into the Destination field.

    Destination verification code entered

  8. Click Submit to save your new CNAME record.
  9. Click Submit again to confirm the new CNAME record.

    Submit button

    Your page will refresh, and you’ll see a red Your advanced DNS settings have been updated confirmation message to let you know that the CNAME record has been added.

    Note: The change may take up to 72 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 CNAME record to verify your domain.

  10. In the G Suite Setup Wizard, check the I added the CNAME verification record box.

    "I added the CNAME verification record" confirmation prompt

Click below for the next step.
5. Save the CNAME record and verify
In the G Suite Setup Wizard Save the CNAME record and verify step, check the I saved the CNAME verification record box.

I saved the CNAME verification record confirmation

You have now completed the domain verification process. Google can typically detect your new record and verify ownership of your domain in 60 minutes or less. You may also be able to check the verification status in the Setup Wizard.

Contact G Suite Support if you need help with verification.

Click below for the next step.
6. Next steps
After your domain is verified, you can follow the steps in the G Suite Setup Wizard to set up your business email with G Suite.

We recommend that you follow the detailed email MX records instructions for Yahoo, or find instructions for another email host.

Instructions for Setup Wizard Version 2

1. Open the Setup Wizard

These instructions cover the steps in Version 2 of the G Suite Setup Wizard to verify your domain. After verifying, you can set up Gmail and start using Docs, Calendar, and more apps.

When you open the G Suite Setup Wizard, select Other as your domain host. You'll then see steps for adding a CNAME record to your domain host records.

Click below for the next step.
2. Log in to your Yahoo domain settings
  1. Leave the G Suite Setup Wizard open.
  2. Then open a new browser window and go to the Yahoo site at domains.yahoo.com.

    Whenever you see the G Suite icon in these instructions, you’ll complete that step in the G Suite Setup Wizard.
  3. In the top corner of the Yahoo site, click Sign In.
  4. Enter the Yahoo username and password that you created when you purchased your domain from Yahoo. Click Sign In.

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

    You're now in the Domain Control Panel.

  5. In the Yahoo Domain Control Panel, if you have multiple domains registered with Yahoo, select the domain name that you want to verify for G Suite from the list on the left. In this example, we'll use the domain yourcompany.com, but you'll see your own domain name instead.

    Select Manage Advanced DNS Settings in the Domain Name section.

    Manage Advanced DNS Settings link

    You're now in the Advanced DNS Settings for your domain.

Click below for the next step.
3. Add a verification record
  1. In the Yahoo site, click Add Record to create a new DNS CNAME record. Adding this CNAME record won't affect your email or website.

    Add Record button

  2. In the G Suite Setup Wizard, copy the first verification code in the CNAME Host or Label box. The verification code is an 11 character string of letters, numbers, and symbols.

    Be sure to use the unique code provided to you in the Setup Wizard, not the example code shown here.

    CName Label/Host Field Verification Code

    It is possible to add a TXT record to your domain by contacting Yahoo customer service, but this process can take longer.
  3. In the Yahoo site, paste the entire CNAME Host or Label verification code into the Source field.

    Source field with Verification Code entered

  4. In the G Suite Setup Wizard, copy the second verification code in the CNAME Destination or Target field. The verification code is a long string of letters, numbers, and symbols that ends with googlehosted.com.

    Google CName Destination/Target verification code

  5. In the Yahoo site, paste the entire second verification code into the Destination field.

    Destination verification code entered

  6. Click Submit to save your new CNAME record.
  7. Click Submit again to confirm the new CNAME record.

    Submit button

    Your page will refresh, and you’ll see a red Your advanced DNS settings have been updated confirmation message to let you know that the CNAME record has been added.

    Note: The change may take up to 72 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 CNAME record to verify your domain.

Click below for the next step.
4. Return to the G Suite Setup Wizard.
Return to the G Suite Setup Wizard that's open in your other browser window and click Verify.

You have now completed the domain verification process. Google can typically detect your new record and verify ownership of your domain in 60 minutes or less.

Contact G Suite Support if you need help with verification.

Click below for the next step.
5. Next steps
After your domain is verified, you can follow the steps in the G Suite Setup Wizard to set up your business email with G Suite.

We recommend that you follow the detailed email MX records instructions for Yahoo, or find instructions for another email host.

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