How to add a secondary domain and make it primary


How can you add a new domain to your account and make it your primary domain?


  • Admin console
  • Domain management


Adding secondary domain
  1. Sign in to the Admin console.
  2. Navigate to Menu > Account > Domains > Manage domains.
  3. In Manage domains, click Add a domain.
    • NoteIf you have the legacy free edition of G Suite, the Add a domain option isn't available.
  4. Enter the name of the domain you're adding.
    • If you recently removed this domain from your Google Workspace account, you need to wait up to 24 hours before adding the domain. 
  5. Select a domain type:
    • Secondary domain:
      • If you plan to replace your primary domain with this new domain. 
      • If you want to add a new domain for a separate team or business unit.
    • User alias domain:
      • If you want to add email aliases (alternate email addresses) for your existing users. Google Workspace will automatically create aliases after you've added the domain.
  6. Click Add and start verification.
    • Follow the instructions to verify that you own the domain.
  7. If you want to use Gmail with this domain, return to Manage Domains after your domain is verified. Find the new domain and click Activate Gmail.
Change primary domain
  1. Navigate to Menu > Account > Domains > Manage domains.
  2. Click Change Primary Domain. If you don't have this option:
    • You have a user alias domain. Remove that domain and add it back as a secondary domain. Detailed in Step 2 above.
    • Your type of account doesn’t support switching primary domains, check Restrictions above.
  3. Enter the domain you're making primary and click Change primary domain.

Important: It can take up to 48 hours for your new primary domain to take effect. Until then, your email will be delivered as usual to your old primary domain. You can continue to the next steps.