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.

Why verify?

Verifying your domain is the first step in setting up Cloud Identity for your business. If you are the person who signed up for Cloud Identity, this makes you the administrator of your new account. You need to verify that you own your business domain before you can use Cloud Identity. 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. (See Identify your domain host.)

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.

For step-by-step instructions about verifying your domain, see Verify your domain (host-specific steps). See also the sections below.

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.

For instructions, see Add a CNAME record for Cloud Identity or Verify your domain with a TXT record

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.

For additional instructions, see Verify your Cloud Identity domain by HTML file or meta tag.

Upload an HTML file to your website

Do you 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.

If you 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.

For additional instructions, see Verify your Cloud Identity domain by HTML file or meta tag.

Verify a domain that you currently own

For instructions, see Set up Cloud Identity with a domain you currently own.

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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