1&1 IONOS: 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, G Suite Essentials, 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

If you already signed up for G Suite but didn't complete the setup process, you can pick up where you left off.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. Open the setup tool and click Verify.

    A red circle highlights the "Activate" option in the domain verification section.

  3. Click Continue to verify your domain with a TXT record. You can also click Switch verification method if you need to use another method.

    A red circle highlights the Continue button at the bottom of the Here

  4. Click Copy to copy your unique verification record.

    A red circle highlights the Copy button next to the TXT verification record.

Step 2: Sign in to your domain host
  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, open the 1&1 IONOS® site in a new tab. Keep the Admin Console open in the first tab.

  2. Enter your Customer ID and Password that you created when you opened your 1&1 IONOS account.
  3. Click Login.

    If you don’t know your account information, you can reset your password or contact 1&1 IONOS support.

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. In the Your domain pane, click Manage Domain.

    Manage Domain link is in Your Domain pane.

  2. Open the DNS tab.

    DNS (BETA) is selected

  3. Above the DNS records table, click Add record.
  4. 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. At the bottom of the DNS record type list, select TXT.

      TXT is selected

    2. In the Host Name field, enter @.
    3. In the Value field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in step 1.

      All TXT record fields are completed.

    4. In the TTL field, leave the default value.
    5. Click Save.
    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. In the DNS record type list, select CNAME.

      CNAME record option is selected.

    2. In the Host Name field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Label / Host field from step 1.
    3. In the Points to field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Destination / Target field from step 1.

      All fields of the CNAME record are completed.

      In the TTL field, leave the default value.
    4. Click Save.
Step 4: Tell Google to verify
  1. Return to the setup tool in the Admin console and click Verify.

    A red circle highlights the "Activate" option in the domain verification section.

  2. Click Continue, then scroll to the bottom of the next page. Click Verify my domain.

    A red circle highlights the Verify My Domain button on Step 5. Add your TXT Record page of the wizard

G Suite: Next steps

Now it’s time to set up Gmail with your G Suite account.

  1. Keep the Admin console 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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