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SPF, DMARC and DKIM: Google Domain & Google Workspace
SPF, DMARC and DKIM: Google Domain & Google Workspace

How to set up records and connect your Google domain to your Google workspace

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If you use Google Workspace for your email accounts and Google Domains as your domain host, you will need to set up some DNS records prior to starting to use your email accounts for sending.


Adding domain from Google Domain to Google Workspace

You can connect your Google domain to your Google Workspace in a few simple steps, by giving permissions to Google Workspace to automatically generate DNS records for your domain. The records that will be generated automatically are MX, SPF, TXT, and DKIM. You can watch the full detailed video by clicking the link here.

Here are the steps to connect a Google Domain to Google Workspace.

  1. Log in to your Google Admin and Google Domain.

  2. On your Google Admin, navigate to Account and select Domains, and click Manage domains.

  3. Click Add a domain.

  4. Enter the domain name and select the Secondary domain type and click Verify domain.

  5. On the next page, sign in to your account that you buy the domain from Google to verify the domain.

  6. If the account that you used to buy is different from the workspace admin account, you need to sign in with its credentials to verify the ownership.

  7. You will be asked to permit the workspace admin to manage the domain.

  8. Click Add and click on Go to Google Workspace.

  9. After verifying your ownership, go back to Google Workspace. The domain will be verified.

  10. Click Activate Gmail, select Set up MX Record, and click Next.

  11. You will be asked to sign in to your Google Domain. After signing in and authorizing, Google will automatically update your domain settings.

  12. Click 'Yes, connect.' to automatically add these records to your domain: MX, SPF, TXT, and DKIM.

Note: Google will automatically add MX, SPF, and DKIM records for your domain, thus you only need to manually add the DMARC record after that.


Setting DMARC to Google domain

To add DMARC record for your Google domains, please follow these procedures.

  1. On the DNS page of your domain, click on the arrow of Custom Records.

  2. Enter the following details.

    Host Name:

    _dmarc

    Type:

    TXT

    Value:

    v=DMARC1;p=none;sp=none;pct=100;rua=mailto:[email protected];ri=86400;aspf=s;adkim=s;fo=1

  3. Set the TTL to the lowest value.

Note: For rua and ruf tags in the Value field, please replace [email protected] with your email address.


FAQ

Q: Do I need to add DKIM, SPF, and DMARC to my Google domain?

A: he MX, SPF, and DKIM records will be generated automatically by Google when you connect your Google domain to Google Workspace.

Thus you only need to manually add the DMARC record for your Google domain, please follow these procedures.

  1. On the DNS page of your domain, click on the arrow of Custom Records.

  2. Enter the following details.

    Host Name:

    _dmarc

    Type:

    TXT

    Value:

    v=DMARC1;p=none;sp=none;pct=100;rua=mailto:[email protected];ri=86400;aspf=s;adkim=s;fo=1

  3. Set the TTL to the lowest value.

Note: For rua and ruf tags in the Value field, please replace [email protected] with your email address.

If you are going to modify any record alone, you may need to delete the whole Google Workspace records and have them re-entered on your Custom Records.

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