How To Set up the Google Admin Console

Google Admin console home page

The Google Admin console makes user management a breeze for G Suite administrators. With features like G Suite configuration, user and group administration, and custom roles, Google’s Admin console is a tool that you want to use in your school or business. We’re here to show you how to get through the initial console set up and your first log in.

Getting Started with the Admin console

1. Sign in to your Admin console

To access the Admin console, go to admin.google.com. Starting from the sign-in page, enter an administrator account name and password.

An administrator account has privileges to manage services for other people in your organization. The Admin console is only available when you’re signed in to an administrator account. If you don’t have access to an administrator account, get help from someone else who does. If you see a list of Google accounts on the sign-in page, be sure to choose the administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

Google Admin console sign-in

Admin console sign-in accounts

2. Launch the Setup Wizard

  • In the Admin console, click Start Setup to launch the Setup Wizard, and follow the instructions.
  • You’ll get a prompt 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 the steps to verify that you own your domain. You get a verification code to add to your website or your domain settings.
  • Next, you can change your MX records at your domain host to start using Gmail.
Need help with verification and Gmail setup (MX records)?

Verification

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

MX records

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

3. Set up G Suite

Follow the instructions on this link to set up G Suite for your organization.

4. Explore the Features

Congratulations! You have set up G Suite and the Admin console for your organization.

Next, read our article about the features and capabilities of the Admin console. 

 

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