Quick-start IT setup guide

Get your institution set up with G Suite for Education and be on your way to easier collaboration, centralised organisation and streamlined processes.

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Create your account

Decide which G Suite edition is best for your institution

Get G Suite for Education, a suite of best-in-class productivity tools for teaching and learning. Or get additional capabilities designed for large institutions with G Suite Enterprise for Education. Compare G Suite Editions and sign up.

Verify your domain

After signing up, you’ll be guided to verify your domain.

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Define mail architecture

Set up MX records

You’ll use MX records to verify your domain and direct email flow to Google mail servers. Configure your domain’s MX records.

Determine mail delivery

For general information on email delivery, view the delivery options overview.

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Decide on organisational structure

Organisational units let you segment your user population and give different services and permissions to different organisational units. See how an organisational structure works and get step-by-step instructions for how to add an organisational unit.

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Create accounts

Set up user accounts for your students, teachers and other faculty members

There are a few different options for adding users, so choose the best one for your institution. Review options for adding users.

Create one or more accounts

The easiest way to add users is to add accounts individually with manual provisioning. You can add up to 500 users at a time using CSV uploads.

Auto sync accounts for large institutions

Automatically provision users, groups and contacts based on the user data in your LDAP server with G Suite directory sync.

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Integrate G Suite into the classroom

Centralise teaching and learning with Classroom

Classroom helps teachers and students communicate, stay organised and save time. Help instructors get started by creating a class in Classroom.

Save time grading and provide feedback that counts using Assignments

Assignments lets you quickly and securely create, analyze, and grade coursework, while helping students learn more effectively — within or alongside your LMS.

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Authenticate accounts

Set up Single Sign-On

If you’re integrating accounts with other services at your institution, set up single sign-on.

Establish password recovery

To ensure that users can contact the right team in case of login issues, set up password recovery.

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Migrate data

Data migrations can be performed server side or client side. For detailed help on migrating your organization’s data, consult migration guides.

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Enable services

Now that you’re all set up, take a look around and explore what G Suite can do.

  • Gmail logo

Set up an institution-wide email system. Or use Gmail to exchange secure emails. Enable Gmail.

  • Google Drive logo

Store and organise assignments, documents or class curriculum securely and access them from any device. Enable Drive.

  • Google Calendar logo

Share calendars or create a joint calendar with other members to easily keep track of schedules. Enable Calendar.

  • Google Jamboard logo

Sketch and collaborate on an interactive canvas from your computer, phone or tablet. Enable Jamboard.

  • Google Sites logo

Create sites, host course curriculum, build development skills and unleash creativity with this easy-to-use web builder. Enable Sites.

  • Google Meet logo
Google Meet

Connect virtually through secure video calls and messaging to keep learning going outside of school. Enable Google Meet.

  • Google Groups logo

Create and participate in group forums to foster communication and conversation. Enable Groups.

  • Google Vault logo

Add users, manage devices and configure security and settings so that your data stays safe. Enable Vault.

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Enterprise for Education

Activate advanced admin features and enterprise-grade tools

G Suite Enterprise for Education provides large educational institutions with advanced controls, enhanced analytics and enterprise-grade communication tools.

Get started with Enterprise for Education

Get help setting up G Suite

View deployment guide

Get more detailed information on setting up G Suite for Education. Download the Deployment Guide PDF.

Contact a specialist

Get one-on-one support from a Google for Education specialist on creating a deployment plan or arrange for them to implement it for you. Contact a specialist.

Visit the Help Centre

If you still have questions about setting up G Suite, find the answers at the Admin Help Centre.

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