Step 1: Verify your domain
See how to show ownership of your domain and change MX records to use Gmail for your business email.
Verify your domain and set up Gmail
After you sign up for G Suite, you'll be guided to verify your domain and set up Gmail.
Overview

To verify your domain and set up Gmail, you have to log in to your domain host. Typically, this is where you bought your domain. You then add records to your domain host’s settings. We guide you through the process, and help is available.

Domain verification: When you sign up for a G Suite trial, you'll be guided to verify your domain. You need to show you own the domain you’re signing up for G Suite.

If you didn’t complete the verification process at that time, you can do it from your Google Admin console. From your Google Admin console, you control your G Suite services, including billing and other settings.

Set up email with your domain:To use Gmail with an existing business email address (you@your-business.com), you have to redirect your domain settings to Google servers. This is much like notifying the post office when you move.

You can skip this step if you bought your domain when you signed up for G Suite.

Get started: Sign in to your Admin console

You sign in with your G Suite email address and password. (This address ends with @yourcompany.com, and isn’t a @gmail or personal Google Account.).

Sign in to the Admin console

Get help signing in.

Launch the Setup Wizard

  • In the Admin console, click Start Setup to launch the Setup Wizard, and follow the instructions.
  • You’re prompted to add users to your account and give them an email address at your domain (like team-member@yourdomain.com). (If you don’t have any users other than yourself, you can skip this step. To do that, check "I added all user email addresses".)
  • Follow steps to verify that your own your domain. You get a verification code to add to your website or your domain settings.
  • Next, you’re guided to change your MX records at your domain host to start using Gmail.
Get help with verification and Gmail setup (MX records)

Get step-by-step instructions in the G Suite Admin Help Center to verify your domain and change your MX records.

Verification

  1. Identify your domain host (typically where you bought your domain, like www.yourdomain.com).
  2. Find step-by-step instructions for your domain host. If your host is not on the list, get generic instructions for verification.

MX records

  1. Identify your domain host (where you bought your domain, like www.yourdomain.com).
  2. Find step-by-step instructions for your domain host. If your host is not on the list, get generic instructions for changing MX records.

Contact Support

G Suite customers have free 24/7 support. If you’re not sure how to verify your domain and set up MX records, contact support.

FAQ

  • How do I verify my domain for G Suite?

    To verify, you sign in to your domain host and add the verification record provided by Google to your domain’s DNS records. We verify your domain to make sure you own the domain you want to set up with G Suite. If you purchased your domain when you signed up for G Suite, you don’t need to verify.

    You’re prompted to verify your domain when you first sign up to G Suite. If you didn’t do it at that time, sign in to the Google Admin console with your G Suite username and password.
  • What’s a domain host?

    Your domain host is usually where you first purchased your business domain name, such as your-business.com. Sometimes, domain hosts are called domain name registrars. Popular domain hosts are GoDaddy, eNom, TuCows, and Network Solutions.

    Your domain host keeps records that direct website traffic, email, and other internet requests to your domain. These records are called domain name server (DNS) records.

    To verify your domain for G Suite and redirect your email to Gmail, you have to log in to your domain host and change your DNS records. That’s where you add Google’s verification code, and change your MX records for Gmail.

  • Who is my domain host?

    Search your emails to find your domain registration confirmation email.

    Use the WHOIS lookup tool to search for your domain host. Enter your domain name in the Lookup field. Your domain host is listed in the Registrar section of the lookup results.

  • Where do I find my verification record? What does it look like?

    When you signed up for G Suite, the G Suite Wizard provided you with the verification record. You can go back to the G Suite Setup Wizard from the Admin console to get this record and verify your domain.

    Your verification record starts with “google-site-verification-.....” followed by a series of numbers and symbols.

    Once you’ve found your verification record, you can continue the verification process.

    To find your verification record, you have to sign in to your Admin console and relaunch the Setup Wizard. Get detailed instructions to find your verification record.

  • I don’t have a domain. Can I buy a one when I sign up for G Suite?
    You can buy a domain from a Google Partner when you sign up for G Suite, or you can use one you already own. If you buy one during sign-up for your trial G Suite account, you don’t have to verify your domain.
  • What if I signed up for G Suite with the wrong domain?

    If you signed up for G Suite with an invalid domain, simply sign up for G Suite again. If you want to use another domain you own, you can change the primary domain in your Google Admin console. You can then use that domain to sign in to G Suite and get your Gmail messages.

    Find out how to change your primary domain.
  • Why can’t Google verify my domain for me?

    To start using G Suite, you have to verify that you own your domain, to avoid anyone trying to fraudulently use your domain.

    To verify your domain, you have to add a DNS record in your domain settings. Google doesn’t own your domain, and we don’t have access to your domain host. G Suite support is here 24/7 to help if you’re having trouble.

  • How do I set up my business email on Gmail?

    If you bought your domain when you signed up for G Suite, then you’re all set to go. Go to gmail.google.com and sign in with your G Suite username and password and get started.

    If you have an existing domain and email that you want to use with Gmail, then you have to change your Mail Exchange (MX) records at your domain to redirect your email to Gmail. It’s like telling the post office that you’ve changed your address.

    To set up your MX records, you have to sign in to your domain host. Use these simple, step-by-step visual instructions to set up MX records (click on your domain host).

    When you verified your domain for G Suite, you probably found out who your domain host is. If your domain host isn’t on the list, or if you’re not sure who your domain host is, click on Set up MX records (generic steps).

  • What are MX records?

    MX records is short for mail exchange record, and it’s basically an entry in a domain host (like GoDaddy or Bluehost) that functions like a post office. So when someone sends you an email, the MX records (the post office) determine where to send you that email—Gmail or to another provider.

    Once you change your MX records with your domain host, your email will be delivered to Gmail.

  • What should I do before I change my MX records?

    Before you change your MX Records:

    • Verify your domain for G Suite.
    • Create any other users on your team in your G Suite account (you don’t have to do this for your own account as the administrator).
  • How do I change my MX records?

    To change your MX records, you have to sign in to your domain host, such as GoDaddy or Enom, and add Google’s server records so your mail can be delivered to Gmail.

    If you don’t remember where you bought your domain, you can identify your domain host.

    If you know your domain host, choose it from this list and follow the step-by-step instructions to set up your MX records. If your domain isn’t on the list, you can use these generic instructions to set up your MX records.

  • Will I lose any emails when I change my MX records?

    When you set up your MX records, it can take up to 72 hours for the change to take effect. The length of time depends on your domain host, not Google.

    Until this transition is complete, if you already had email service using your domain before signing up for G Suite, some of your emails may continue to be delivered at your old provider. Afterward, you can migrate or forward emails from your other webmail provider to G Suite.

  • What are Google’s MX record values?

    Google’s primary server is ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM, and its priority is 1.

    You enter Google’s MX record values in your domain’s DNS settings. Make sure to also add the priority of the server. Adding the priority means that mail is always sent to this server first. You may also have to add @ or leave the name/host/alias field blank. You can usually leave the TTL as it appears.

    There are also alternative servers as a backup, in the unlikely case the primary one is down.


    Name/Host/Alias Time to Live (TTL*) Record Type Priority Value/Answer/Destination
    Blank or @ 3600 MX 1 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
    Blank or @ 3600 MX 5 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
    Blank or @ 3600 MX 5 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
    Blank or @ 3600 MX 10 ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
    Blank or @ 3600 MX 10 ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
  • I’m having trouble setting up my MX records for Gmail. What can I do?

    If you’ve already set up the MX records at your domain host, but you’re not receiving email, try these steps:

    1. Wait for up to 72 hours.
      It can take this long for MX record updates, depending on your domain host. It’s possible that the change hasn’t yet taken effect.
    2. Check if your MX records were successfully set up by following these instructions in our troubleshooter.
    3. If you weren’t able to set up your MX records, you can ask your domain host for help.
    4. Still having trouble? Contact G Suite support.