I already saw this question: Why won't Webmaster Tools let me set a preferred domain? and it didn't help

I want the preferred to be with www, and it tells me I need to verify example.com without www. But it is verified. So I removed it completely from my properties, that didn't work. So I tried to unverify it and gives me error: Couldn't unverify it.

How do I fix this message:

Part of the process of setting a preferred domain is to verify that you own https://example.com/. Please verify https://example.com/

When both https://example.com/ and https://www.example.com/ are shown as verified?

Currently Google shows the non-www version of my website.

  • 2
    What do your canonical tags say? Are you redirecting to the www version of your pages? May 11, 2018 at 20:26
  • Canonical tags and redirects shouldn't matter for choosing www vs no-www in GSC. Google lets you choose a preferred when both are serving the same content. May 13, 2018 at 11:22
  • Have you tried verifying all four versions of your site http://, https://, http://www and https://www? I suspect you may have verified the http:// version but not the https:// version. May 13, 2018 at 11:23

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If anyone else will have that problem, here is the cause (For me at least): I have an HTTPS website, so at first I added 2 properties: https://example.com/ and https://www.example.com/, and these 2 alone were not enough, so I added 2 more properties: the non-HTTPS versions: http://example.com/ and http://www.example.com/, and immediately after I added them I was able to choose a preferred domain.

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