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® site in a new tab. Keep the Setup Wizard open in the first tab.

  2. Enter the email address and password you created when you purchased your domain from
  3. Click Log in.

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

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. On the Website, domain & email page, scroll down and click DNS.

    DNS icon is shown.

  2. Click Web DNS.
  3. 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. Under Personal web DNS settings, from the Type list, select TXT.
    2. Leave the Domain/Hostname field empty.
    3. In the TTL field, enter 600.
    4. In the Priority field, enter 1.
    5. In the Value/Destination field, enter the entire verification record provided by the Setup Wizard in Step 1.

      Note: Enter the TXT record values by hand. Copy and paste renders the values invalid.

      The TXT record fields are completed

    6. Click Add Add  to save the record.
    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. Under Personal web DNS settings,in the Domain/Hostname field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Label / Host field from Step 1.
    2. From the Type list, select CNAME.
    3. In the Value/Destination field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Destination / Target field from Step 1.

      Important: Enter the CNAME record values by hand. If you paste the values, they won't be valid.

      All fields of the CNAME record entry are complete.

    4. Click Add Add  to save the record.
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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