Set up Essentials for your domain

For: Using identity management features

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

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Sign up with your business email address

Sign up with the email address at the domain where you plan to use Essentials. This should be an address 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. 


Verify your domain to unlock more features

small business verify domainAfter you sign up for Essentials, you have the option to unlock user (identity) management features, such as the ability to create user accounts and manage user profiles and password strength. 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

After 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 the data of these customers, we delete the billing accounts they set up for their 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

small 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

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Manage video calls

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Set up and manage cloud storage

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Set up account security

Depending on your business needs, you may want to set up these additional account security features.

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Train your users

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Upgrade for more Google Workspace services

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