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, 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 1&1 IONOS® site in a new tab. Keep the Setup Wizard 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 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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