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Transfer a domain out

Before you begin ...

Restrictions on transfers

Please note the following:

  • If you recently purchased or transferred a domain, Google Domains requires you to wait 60 days before you can transfer your domain to another registrar or user, in accordance with ICANN guidelines.
  • When transferring, ICANN requires you to register your domain for an additional year. If this will cause your domain to exceed the 10 year maximum registration period, you may not be able to transfer to another registrar at this time.
  • If Google Domains has an outstanding administrative action against your domain, you cannot transfer your domain until the matter is resolved.

Learn more about ICANN.

Prepare your domain for transfer out

Note: .CO.UK domains use a different transfer out procedure. See the instructions for .CO.UK here.

You can transfer your domain from Google Domains:

  • To another user within Google Domains
  • To another user at a different registrar
  • To your own account at a different registrar

The procedure to prepare your domain for transfer out is the same for all cases:

Step 1: Select the domain you want to transfer

  1. Click My domains to view your domains.
  2. Click the name of the domain you want to transfer.

Step 2: Prepare your domain for transfer

  1. Click the Settings tab Settings (gear icon).
  2. Under Domain lock, make sure your domain is unlocked.
  3. Optionally, under Private Registration, select Make my information public. This may be required by some registrars for transfer.
  4. Under Personal contact information, make sure your personal contact information is up-to-date. This is important, because your new registrar will send the request to authorize the transfer to the registrant email address listed in this contact information.
  5. Click the Expires/Registration tab or .
  6. Under Transfer out, click the Get authorization code button. Copy the authorization code and provide it to your new registrar.

Step 3: Authorize the transfer of your domain

  1. Follow the instructions in the email you receive from your new registrar to approve the transfer of your domain.
  2. Follow the instructions in the email you receive from Google Domains to approve the transfer of your domain.
  3. For more information see About transferring out.

Note: Domain transfers can take 5-7 days to complete.

Transfer .CO.UK domains to another registrar

.UK domains use a different transfer-out process:

  • You select the registrar you want to transfer the domain to.
  • Google Domains contacts Nominet, the registry, and informs them of the transfer.
  • You receive an email notice from your new registrar to confirm and complete the transfer.

To transfer out a .CO.UK domain:

  1. Click the Expires tab or for your domain and scroll down to Transfer out.
  2. Click  Select registrar to start the transfer out process.
  3. Select if you are transferring to another user within Google Domains or to another registrar. 
    If you are transferring to another Google Domains account, follow these instructions
  4. In the Transfer Out screen, enter the tag for the registrar you are transferring to.
    1. Go to nominet.uk/registrar-list/ and search for your new registrar.
    2. Copy the registrar tag and paste it into the Transfer Out screen in Google Domains.

      Note: It is important to enter the tag correctly.

      The registrar tag is a code recognized by Nominet. Tags are usually based on the name of the company. For example, the registrar tag for Google Domains is "GOOGLE"
  5. Click Transfer and then Accept to confirm you are sure you want to transfer the domain.
  6. Go to your new registrar and follow the transfer in procedures there. 
  7. During the transfer process, you will receive an email with instructions to confirm the transfer process. You must follow these instructions to complete the transfer. If you do not receive this email within a few days, go to the Nominet website (www.nominet.uk) and follow the transfer instructions. You may be required to pay a fee to transfer through the Nominet site. 

 

More help ...

About transferring out

We don’t want you to leave, but Google Domains makes it easy for you to transfer your domain to another registrar or to another user of Google Domains. Here's an overview of the process to transfer out:

  1. Registrant: (You at Google Domains) On the Settings Settings (gear icon) and Expires  or tabs, prepare domain for transfer (updates the contact information, unlock the domain, and get the authorization code).
  2. New Registrant: (At the new registrar's site) Provides the authorization code to the new registrar.
  3. New registrar: Performs a WHOIS lookup to obtain the contact information and sends an email to the registrant asking the registrant to approve (or cancel) the transfer.
    • If private registration is off - This email is sent to the registrant address listed under your personal contact information.
    • If private registration is on - This email is sent to the registrant listed under your public contact information (for example registrant@example.com.whoisproxy.com) and then forwarded to the registrant address listed under your personal contact information. Do not mistake this email for spam. See Maintaining private registration.
  4. Registrant: (You) Reply to the email from the new registrar and approve (or cancel) the transfer.
  5. New registrar: If approved, provides the authorization code to the registry responsible for the domain.
  6. Registry: Asks Google to confirm that the registrant wants to the transfer the domain.
  7. Google: Sends an email to the registrant asking the registrant to approve (or cancel) the transfer.
    • If private registration is off - This email is sent to the registrant address listed under your personal contact information.
    • If private registration is on - This email is sent to the registrant address listed under your public contact information (for example registrant@example.com.whoisproxy.com) and then forwarded to the registrant address listed under your personal contact information. Do not mistake this email for spam. See Maintaining private registration.
  8. Registrant: (You) Reply to the email from Google Domains and approve (or cancel) the transfer. If approved, the domain is released for transfer.

    Note: If the registrant does not reply, the transfer is automatically approved after 5 days.

  9. New registrar: Informs the registrant that the transfer is completed.
Maintaining private registration

During the transfer out process, if private registration is enabled, confirmation emails will be sent to the registrant contact (for example registrant@example.com.whoisproxy.com) listed under Public contact information on the Settings tab Settings (gear icon). This email is then forwarded to the registrant address listed under Personal contact information on the Settings tab Settings (gear icon). Do not mistake these forwarded emails for spam. Respond to these emails and either approve or cancel the transfer of your domain.

After Google notifies you that your transfer is completed, you will no longer receive emails addressed to the privacy provider contacts and your private registration service through the privacy provider will no longer be in effect.

Please be sure to verify your personal contact information with your new registrar and enable private registration (also called WHOIS privacy and domain privacy) if this option is available.

Minimizing disruptions

When your transfer is completed, all Google Domains services stop (email forwarding, domain forwarding, name servers, resource records, private registration). This could impact your website and online presence. To minimize any disruptions, please note the following:

  • You may need to contact your web hosting provider and your DNS hosting provider.
  • You may need to reconfigure your name servers and resource records.
  • To continue using any Google products and services with your domain, you will need to verify your domain with Google.

 

Next steps

  • If you are transferring your domain to another account in Google Domains, see Transfer a domain in.
  • Still want to use Google products and services with your domain? Please verify your domain.
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