Set up Essentials for your domain

For: Managing Essentials for your entire organization

Use this guide to set up additional Google Workspace Essentials features for your domain. This requires being the owner or IT admin for your organization's domain.

Steps 1-2 apply to users with the Enterprise Essentials edition. To use the Enterprise Essentials Plus edition, first buy Enterprise Essentials Plus through a Google Sales representative or local reseller, then skip to step 3 to verify your domain.


Sign up with your business email address

Sign up for Essentials Starter with the email address at the domain where you plan to use Essentials. The address should be one where you can currently get mail.

Note: You can't sign up with an address at a public web host like or Instead, you must use a custom address, such as for a business or organization. 

Alternatively, you can buy the Enterprise Essentials edition through a Google Sales representative or local reseller.


Upgrade to Enterprise Essentials

If you signed up for the Essentials Starter edition, go to the Billing page in the Google Admin console and upgrade your subscription to Enterprise Essentials.

Or, you can upgrade to Enterprise Essentials during the domain-verification process in the next step.

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Verify your domain to unlock more features

Verify your domainAfter you upgrade to Enterprise Essentials, you can unlock features:

  • User (identity) management features, such as the ability to create user accounts and manage user profiles
  • Advanced security features, such as admin-managed 2-Step Verification and password monitoring and enforcement

Unlock features by verifying that you or your organization owns your domain. You'll then assume full administrative control of all Essentials user accounts in your organization.

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Set up a new billing account for your domain

Set up billingAfter you verify your domain, you must set up a new billing account. Do this even if you already set up billing as an email-verified customer in step 1 of this guide. To protect your data, we delete billing accounts that were set up for an email-verified service.

Set up billing to avoid suspension: After you verify your domain, you have 15 days to set up billing. If billing was already set up, you must set it up again. Otherwise, your account will be suspended.

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Access your administrator account

one person business sign inAfter you verify your domain, you'll manage all services, users, and security controls from your Google Admin console. If you previously managed your Essentials team using the Team dashboard in Drive, you'll now do these tasks in the Admin console.

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Set up and manage your team

one person business build teamUse your Admin console to set up and manage your users' accounts and contact information.

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Manage video calls

Manage video callsSet up the video meeting features that you want your users to have.

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Manage chat collaboration

Manage Chat collaboration.  Set up the chat features that you want your users to have.

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Work with cloud storage & online docs

one person business cloud storageImport your organization's files to Google Drive. Set up file storage and sharing options. Then, discover a powerful suite of document, spreadsheet, and presentation apps that you work with in your browser.

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Manage calendars

Manage calendars.(Optional) Turn on Calendar

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Set up your organization's account

Set up your accountAdd your logo. Then, depending on your business needs, you can set up additional account security features.

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Train your users

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Upgrade for more services

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