Google Domains: Protect your domain

Make sure no one else can use your domain with Google Workspace

Important! Use this article to set up a new domain with Google Workspace. If you've been using Google Workspace with your domain for more than 3 days, your domain is already verified.

Why verify?

We don't want someone else to use your domain to sign up for Google Workspace. You can help us keep your domain safe by showing us that you are the owner.

How this works

Every domain (like your-company.com) has a set of DNS records that can be viewed by anyone on the internet. DNS records tell computers how to find your website and where to route your email.

  • You'll get a verification code from the Google Workspace setup tool.
  • You'll sign in to Google Domains and add the verification code to the DNS records for your domain.
  • Once Google Domains publishes your verification code, we'll know you are the owner of your domain.

Remember, Google can't change your DNS records for you. Only the domain's owner can do this. 

This won't be easy, but we're here to help

DNS records have been around since the beginning of the internet. This is a complex task, and the steps are different for each person. We've tried to make this chore as easy as possible, but you may get frustrated.

Please read carefully, and we'll help you get through it!

Before you begin

Make sure you have the email address and password you need to sign in to your Google Domains account. 

What you need to do


1

Get your verification code from Google Workspace

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. Click Continue to verify your domain with a TXT record.

  3. Look for your verification code in the setup tool and click Copy.

    Shows the Copy button next to the Google Workspace verification code.


2

 Find your DNS records at Google Domains

  1. Open Google Domains in a new tab and sign in with the account you used to buy your domain.
  2. Click the domain you're setting up today, then click menu "".
  3. In the left column, select DNS.

    Under Domain overview, DNS is selected.

 


Add your verification code to Google Domains 

  1. Scroll to Custom resource records.

    The Custom resource records section is shown.

  2. Add your verification code:

    The TXT record is entered in the Custom resource records field.

    • for Name, enter @.
    • for Type, select TXT.
    • for TTL, leave the default value of 1H (1 hour).
    • for Text, paste the verification code you copied in Step 1.
  3. Click Add.

    Your verification code is now saved as a TXT record and will soon be visible to other computers on the internet.

    I got an error: "Record already in use"

    If you get this error, it's because you already have a TXT record:
    1. Find the existing TXT record and click Edit

      An existing MX record and the edit button are highlighted

    2. Click "" next to the existing TXT record.

      The plus icon is highlighted next to an existing TXT record

    3. Paste the verification code you copied in Step 1 and click Save.

      The verification code has been added, and the save button is highlighted next to an existing TXT record.


Tell Google Workspace to check your verification code

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. Click Continue.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the next page and click Verify my domain.

Important! It might take additional time for your registrar to publish the verification code. If the Google Workspace setup tool gives you an error message, wait an hour before you try again.


Next steps

  1. Return to the Google Workspace setup tool, where you can:
    • Add other users to your account.
    • Activate Gmail for your organization.
  2. Review the quick start guides to continue setting up Google Workspace for your organization.
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