Verify your domain for Cloud Identity

Before you can use your domain with Cloud Identity, you need to verify that you own it. Your domain is your web address, as in yourcompany.com. Verifying your domain prevents anyone else from using it with Cloud Identity services.

Why verify?

Verifying your domain is the first step to setting up Cloud Identity for your business. If you are the person who signed up your business for Cloud Identity, that makes you the administrator of your new account. You need to verify that you own your business domain, such as your-business.com, before you can use Identity services. This ensures your account is secure and that no one else can use services from your domain. 

How do I verify?

We recommend that you verify your domain through your domain host (typically where you purchased your domain name). Your domain host maintains records (DNS settings) that direct internet traffic to your domain name.

Cloud Identity gives you a verification record to add to your domain’s DNS settings. When Cloud Identity sees the record exists, your domain ownership is confirmed. The verification record doesn’t affect your website or email.

The Verify domain ownership Setup Wizard offers different ways to verify your domain: which one you choose depends on whether you have access to your domain’s DNS settings.

Add a record to your domain settings

Add a verification record to your domain settings. Follow step-by-step instructions in the Verify domain ownership Setup Wizard, receive your unique record (either TXT or CNAME depending on the preferences of your domain host), and add it to your domain’s DNS settings so that Google can verify your domain ownership.

Add a tag to your website

Verify your domain by adding a unique tag to your home page. Follow step-by-step instructions in the Verify domain ownership Setup Wizard to copy and paste the provided tag to your home page. The tag won’t affect your website. Try this if you have edit access to files on the server, but can't upload new files.

Upload an HTML file to your website

Have a website with your domain? Follow step-by-step instructions in the Verify domain ownership Setup Wizard to upload the provided unique HTML file to your domain's web server. The file won’t affect your website. Try this method if you don't have access to your domain's DNS settings.

Need help or want to verify your change? See Troubleshoot TXT records. If you still need help after that, or if you can't access your domain's DNS records, contact your domain host directly for assistance.

Next steps

When you have successfully verified your domain, you’re ready to create new users for your Identity account. Note: The process of adding a DNS record only takes 10 minutes, but verification can take up to 72 hours and is controlled by the domain host.

 

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