Google Domains: 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 Google Domains site in a new tab. 

  2. In the upper right of the Google Domains homepage, click Sign In.
  3. Enter your email address or phone number and password you created when you purchased your domain from Google Domains.
  4. Do one of the following actions:
Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. On the Domains dashboard, next to the domain you want to verify for Google services, click Configure DNS .
  2. Scroll down the page to Custom resource records.
  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. From the Type list, select TXT.

      TXT is selected from the Type list.

    2. In the Name field, enter @.
    3. In the TTL field, leave the default value.
    4. In the Data/Text field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in step 1.

      The TXT record is fully entered next to the Add button.

    5. Click Add.
    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. From the Type list, select CNAME.

      CNAME is selected from the Type list.

    2. In the Name field, paste the contents of the Label / Host field of the CNAME record found in step 1.
    3. In the TTL field, leave the default value.
    4. In the Data/Domain name field, paste the contents of the Destination / Target field of the CNAME record found in step 1.

      The CNAME record is fully entered in the Custom resource records fields.

    5. Click Add.
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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