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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

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 that you want to transfer

  1. Click My domains to view your domains.
  2. Click the name of the domain that 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 that 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 that your personal contact information is up to date. This is important, because your new registrar will send the request to authorise 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 authorisation code button. Copy the authorisation code and provide it to your new registrar.

Step 3: Authorise 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.

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 (update the contact information, unlock the domain, and get the authorisation code).
  2. New Registrant: (At the new registrar's site) Provides the authorisation 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 authorisation code to the registry responsible for the domain.
  6. Registry: Asks Google to confirm that the registrant wants to 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.

Minimising disruptions

When your transfer is completed, all Google Domains services will be stopped (email forwarding, domain forwarding, name servers, resource records, private registration). This could impact your website and online presence. To minimise 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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