Manage domain name servers

Name servers store all resource records for a domain name. When you buy a domain name through Google Domains, name servers are provided at no additional cost and require no setup or management. You can also use custom name servers from third-party providers.
Tip: For help with name server security, learn more about DNSSEC.

View current name servers

  1. On your computer, sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Select the name of your domain.
  3. At the top left, click Menu Menu and then DNS
  4. At the top of the page, click 'Google Domains (Active)' or 'Custom (Active)'.
    Tip:
    • If you use Google Domains default name servers: 'Google Domains (Active)' and 'Custom' show up.
    • If you use custom name servers: 'Google Domains' and 'Custom (Active)' show up.
  5. Under 'Name servers', find your name servers.

Use custom name servers

You can use name servers other than those provided by default in Google Domains. If you decide to use custom name servers, you must set up your resource records through your name server provider.

Most Top-level Domains (TLDs) require from 2 to 12 name servers. Multiple name servers ensure that if there's a problem with one name server, other servers make sure your website still functions.

Set up more name servers:

  1. On your computer, sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Select the name of your domain.
  3. In the top left, click Menu Menu and then DNS.
  4. At the top of the page, click Custom.
    • Tip: If 'Custom (Active)' shows, then you already use custom name servers.
  5. In the 'Name Servers' field, enter a custom name server. If you can't find this field, in the upper right corner, click Manage Name Servers.
    • Tip: Name servers typically appear like domain names. For example, ns-cloud-e1.googledomains.com.
  6. Click Add Plus and then Add another name server and then Save.

Optional: If you haven't added custom name servers before, click Switch to these settings.

  • Tip: Changes to name server settings take several minutes to 48 hours to propagate across the internet. This delay is how machines handle information on the Internet. For efficiency, most machines store or cache information about your website so they don't have to look up resource details every time the website is accessed.

Revert to Google Domains name servers

  1. On your computer, sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Select the name of your domain.
  3. In the top left, click Menu Menu and then DNS.
  4.  At the top of the page, under 'Google Domains' and 'Custom (Active)', click Google Domains and then Switch to these settings.
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