Cloudflare: Verify your domain

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 do I verify?

When you sign up for your Google service, you get a verification record that you copy and paste into your domain settings (usually stored with your domain host).

Need help with verification? Contact Google Workspace support for fast, personalized help that’s included with your Google Workspace subscription. Google Cloud support is available for customers with Silver, Gold, or Platinum support levels.

Step 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

  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.

Step 2: Sign in to your domain host
  1. Open the Cloudflare site in a new tab. Keep the Admin Console open in the first tab.

  2. On the Cloudflare page, enter the email address and password you created when you purchased your domain from Cloudflare.
  3. Click Log In.

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

Step 3: Add the verification record to your domain's DNS records
  1. From the Cloudflare Home tab, click your domain name.
  2. At the top of the page, click DNS.

    The DNS icon is selected.

  3. Click +Add record.

    The DNS record fields open.

  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. From the Type field, click TXT.
    2. In the Name field, enter @.
    3. In the TTL field, leave the default value of Auto.
    4. In the Content field, paste the entire verification record that you copied in step 1.

      All fields of the TXT record are completed.

    5. Click Save.
    Add a CNAME verification record
    1. From the Type field, click CNAME.
    2. In the Name field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Label / Host field from step 1.
    3. In the Target field, enter the contents of the Setup Wizard’s Destination / Target field from step 1.
    4. In the TTL field, leave the default value of Auto.
    5. Click the Proxy status to set it to DNS only.

      All fields of the CNAME record are complete.

    6. Click Save.
Step 4: 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

  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.

In extreme cases, it can take up to 48 hours for your registrar to publish your verification code.

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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