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Add an SPF record

An SPF (Sender Policy Framework) record is a type of TXT record that can help identify which mail servers are permitted to send email on behalf of your domain. Adding an SPF record can help detect and prevent email spoofing. Only one SPF record will work on your domain at a time and we're unable to provide guidance on custom SPF records. Your domain must be using GoDaddy nameservers to add an SPF record in your GoDaddy account.

Example: If your email is set up with Professional Email, Microsoft 365 from GoDaddy, Linux Hosting, Gen 4 VPS & Dedicated Hosting, or Media Temple Mail, your SPF record must have the Value set as v=spf1 -all to work properly.

  1. Sign in to your GoDaddy Domain Portfolio. (Need help logging in? Find your username or password.)
  2. Select Screenshot showing the three-dot icon to select domain edit options Domain Edit Options next to your domain and then select Edit DNS. You may need to scroll down to see Edit DNS.
    screenshot showing the option for edit dns
  3. Select Add New Record.
    Screenshot showing the Add New Record button highlighted with a red rectangle
  4. Select TXT from the Type menu.
  5. Enter the details for your new SPF record:
    • Name: The hostname or prefix of the record, without the domain name. Enter @ to put the record on your root domain, or enter a prefix, such as mail.
    • Value: The SPF rule to indicate emails are only allowed from your mail server. The Value must follow these guidelines:
      • Maximum 512 characters are allowed
      • Only ASCII characters are allowed
      • Professional Email, Microsoft 365 from GoDaddy, Linux Hosting, Gen 4 VPS & Dedicated Hosting, and Media Temple Mail use the following SPF record:

        v=spf1 -all

        Required: When you're copying the SPF record, please be careful not to add any extra spaces before or after the record. This will invalidate the record.
    • TTL (Time to Live): The amount of time the server should cache information before refreshing. The default setting is 1 hour.
  6. (Optional) Select Add More Records to add multiple DNS records at the same time. If you change your mind, select screenshot of the icon for deleting a dns record Delete to remove any records that haven't been saved yet.
  7. Select Save to add your new record. If you added multiple records at the same time, select Save All Records.

Most DNS updates take effect within an hour but could take up to 48 hours to update globally.

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