Manage domain name servers

You can find your domain name servers (DNS) and switch to custom name servers. Changes to DNS settings might take between several minutes and up to 48 hours to update.

Tip: For help with Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), you can go to set up your DNSSEC domain.

How it works

Name servers identify the location of your domain on the Internet.

You can choose one of two name server options:

  • Google Domains: You're automatically assigned four name servers. There's no setup required and we manage the name servers and resource records for you.
  • Custom name servers: You can add up to 12 custom name servers. If you use name servers from another Google product, like Google Cloud DNS, select Custom name servers.

Find domain 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. Under 'Name servers', find your domain name server.

Use custom domain name servers

Your DNS provider, not Google Domains, manages the custom name servers. 

Before you start:

  • Create resource records through your DNS provider. 
  • Use a minimum of two name servers. We advise that you use between four and 12 name servers to make it easier to locate your domain. Check with your DNS provider for the number and names of available 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. Under 'Name servers', select Use custom name servers.
  5. In the 'Name server' field, enter a custom name server. 
  6. Click AddPlus to add more name servers.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Set up new resource records with your DNS provider.  

Restore Google Domains nameservers

  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. Under 'Name servers', select Use the Google Domains name servers.
  5. Click Save
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