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Transfer a domain in

Transfer a domain in

You can transfer a domain in to your account in Google Domains.

Note: The current owner must work with you to prepare the domain for transfer and must permit the transfer.

  • A domain name you own at a different registrar
  • A domain name owned by another user:
    • Within Google Domains
    • At another registrar

Start the transfer.

  1. There are two ways to start a transfer:
    1. Search for the domain name you want to transfer, and then click the transfer button next to the domain in search results.
    2. Click Transfer In in the left navigation menu and enter the domain you want to transfer.
  2. When you click Continue, the transfer process will start.  

 

Before you transfer from another registrar ...

Cost

Transferring a domain from another registrar requires buying one additional year of registration. Therefore, the cost of transferring your domain is the price of one year of registration for that domain. For example, if a .com domain costs $12 per year, you can transfer it to Google Domains for just the $12 to purchase an additional year of registration. If the domain was registered until January 1, 2019 before transfer, it will be registered until January 1, 2020 after transferring it.

  • Note: If a domain has been auto-renewed within the last 45 days (the auto-renew grace period), the renewal at the current registrar may cancel the renewal and receive a refund for the cost of the renewal. When this happens, you will not see an increase in the registration expiration date when Google Domains adds a year as part of transfer in. You are entitled to a refund of the auto-renewed registration from your current registrar. You may need to contact the registrar for this refund.

Restrictions on transfers from another registrar

Please note the following:

  • If you recently purchased or transferred your domain using your current registrar, you need to wait 60 days before you can transfer your domain to Google Domains.
  • 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 (5 years for .co domains), you cannot transfer your domain to Google Domains at this time.
    • .co.nz domains are an exception. Transferring a .co.nz domain requires a $20 transfer fee but does not include an extra year of registration.
  • If the registry responsible for your domain has an outstanding administrative action against your domain, you cannot transfer your domain until the matter is resolved.
     

Transfer a domain in from another registrar

Transferring your domain into Google Domains is a six-step process:

Step 1: Prepare your domain for transfer.

Perform these steps on your current registrar:

Tip: It is easier if you open another browser window or tab for the other Google Domains account or other registrar.

Unlock your domain. A domain lock prevents it from being transferred. Most registrars call it a "domain lock," "registration lock," "transfer lock," or just plain "lock."

Find your current registrar in the List of instructions for other registrars and follow the instructions to unlock your domain for transfer and obtain an authorization code.

Make your WHOIS data public. Most registrars call it "private registration," "WHOIS privacy," "registration privacy," or just plain "privacy."

Note: Your WHOIS contact information will be publicly available while you complete the transfer process. After you have successfully transferred your domain, you can make your information private again.

Verify your Registrant contact email. Log in to your current registrar make sure your contact email is up to date. Google Domains will mail the transfer confirmation notice to the Registrant email in your WHOIS contact information.

Get the authorization code from your registrar. Most registrars call it an "authorization code," "transfer code," or "EPP code." The authorization code is a unique string of characters, for example "5YcCd!X&W@q0Xozj"

Perform the next steps in Google Domains.

In Google Domains log in with the account you are transferring the domain to.

Verify the changes you made in your current registrar have taken effect:

If the screen still says the domain is locked, click the Refresh button.

    

It may take up to 20 minutes or more for the change to take effect. If, after 20 minutes the domain is still locked, go back to your current registrar and make sure the domain is unlocked.

If the screen still says the domain is private, click the Refresh button.
    

It may take up to 20 minutes or more for the change to take effect. If, after 20 minutes the domain is still locked, go back to your current registrar and make sure your registration privacy settings are set to public.

Confirm your Registrant contact email. Remember, this is the address to which Google Domains will mail the transfer confirmation notice.

Under Get authorization code enter the authorization code you collected in substep d above and click the Accept and proceed button.
    

Step 2: Import your domain's web settings

Choose whether or not to have Google Domains detect and import your current web settings:

If you select Detect and import my domain's current settings, Google Domains will display the DNS resource records it finds for you domain immediately below your selection.

Google domains will perform a DNS lookup to look up the resource records associated with the most common subdomains (@, www, blog, etc). Please note the following:

You can edit, delete, or add to the records to be imported by Google Domains:

Step 3: Transfer!

Google Domains will display the current expiration date of your domain with your current registrar, the price of adding one year registration (required for transfer), and the new expiration date of your domain after transfer.

Note:

Click Accept and proceed to start the transfer and pay for one additional year of registration.

Step 4: Enter/verify contact information

In the Confirm contact information dialog, enter your contact information. This information is required so the registrar can contact you.

Choose to keep this information private or to make it public. If you choose to keep the information private, only you and the Google Domains will see the information.

See About contact information to learn more. 

Step 5: Pay for one more year of registration

In the payment method dialog, enter your payment information or select a payment method you have used previously with Google.

See Pay with Google to learn more.

Step 6: Confirm transfer in email

You will receive an email to the Registrant email address for your domain (this is the address you confirmed in Step 5 above).

After you have approved the transfer, it can take up to 7 days for the previous registrar to release the domain. Check the status messages on the Transfer In page in Google Domains to check on the status of your transfer.

More help:

About transferring in

We’re glad you’re joining us! Here's an overview of the process to transfer in.

  1. Registrant: (At current registrar's site) Prepares domain for transfer (turns off private registration, updates the contact information, unlocks the domain, and gets the authorization code).
  2. Registrant: (At Google Domains) On the Transfers page, confirms the domain is ready for transfer, provides the authorization code, and adds an additional year of registration.
  3. Google: 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.
  4. Registrant: Replies to the email from Google Domains and approves (or cancels) the transfer.
  5. Google: If approved, provides the authorization code to the registry responsible for the domain.
  6. Registry: Asks the current registrar to confirm that the registrant wants to transfer the domain.
  7. Current registrar: Sends an email to the registrant asking the registrant to approve (or cancel) the transfer.

    Note: If the current registrar is slow to act, the registrant can contact the current registrar directly and ask them to approve (or cancel) the transfer. If the current registrar does not act, the transfer is automatically approved after 5 days.

  8. Registrant: Replies to the email from the current registrar and approves (or cancels) 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. Google: Informs the registrant that the transfer is completed.
Checking status messages

Domain transfers can take 5-7 days to complete. Click Transfer in in the navbar on the left to check the status of your transfer. If the transfer is approved, messages similar to the ones shown here will appear. If the transfer is blocked for any reason, a message with a red bar will appear.

 

Transferring within Google Domains

If you are transferring a domain within Google Domains from another user account to your account (for example, if you bought a domain on a personal account and want to transfer it to a company account), follow these steps in Transfer a domain between Google Domains accounts

Transferring from other registrars

For the registrars listed below, the linked articles show you how to prepare your domain for transfer.

  • Be sure to perform all 4 tasks required by Google (see Step 1: above), even if your current registrar does not require it.
  • Some registrars may ask you to perform other additional tasks; if so, perform these tasks as well.

If you have specific questions or need further help, contact your current registrar for assistance.

1and1.com

To transfer your domain away from 1and1.com, follow the instructions in this 1&1 help article: Transfer Your Domain Away from 1&1.

Note: 1and1 calls the transfer authorization code an "Authorization Code."

DreamHost.com

To transfer your domain away from DreamHost, follow the instructions in this DreamHost Wiki article: How do I transfer my hosting away from DreamHost?.

Note: DreamHost calls the transfer authorization code an "EPP (auth) code."

eNom

To transfer your domain away from eNom, follow the instructions in the eNom support article: How to Initiate an Outgoing Domain Transfer

Note: eNom calls the transfer authorization code an "auth code."

FastDomain.com

To transfer your domain away from FastDomain, follow the instructions in this FastDomain Helpdesk article: Transferring away from FastDomain.

Note: FastDomain calls the transfer authorization code an "EPP/Authorization Code."

Gandi.net

To transfer your domain away from Gandi, follow the instructions in this Gandi Helpdesk article: Transferring your domain away from Gandi.

GoDaddy

To transfer your domain away from GoDaddy, follow the instructions in this GoDaddy support article: Transferring Domain Names to Another Registrar.

Hover (Tucows)

To transfer your domain away from Hover, follow the instructions in this Hover help article: How to: Transfer your domain away from Hover.

MelbourneIT.com.au

To transfer your domain away from Melbourne IT, follow the instructions in this Melbourne IT Helpdesk article: How do I transfer my domain away?

Name.com

To transfer your domain away from Name.com, follow the instructions in this Name.com knowledge base article: Transfer a Domain Name Away from Name.com?

Namecheap.com

To transfer your domain away from Namecheap, follow the instructions in this Namecheap knowledge base article: What should I do to transfer a domain from Namecheap?

Note: Namecheap calls the transfer authorization code an "EPP/ Authorization Code" and an "EPP Code."

Network Solutions

To transfer your domain away from Network Solutions, follow the instructions in this Network Solutions support article: Transfers Away From Network Solutions.

Rebel.ca (Domainscostless.ca / Domainsatcost.ca)

To transfer your domain away from Rebel.ca, follow the instructions in this knowledge base article: How do I transfer my domain to another registrar? Where do I get my EPP Transfer Code?

Note: Rebel.ca calls the transfer authorization code an "EPP Transfer Code."

Register.com

To transfer your domain away from Register.com, follow the instructions in this Register.com Help article: How Do I Transfer My Domain Name to Another Registrar?

Web.com

To transfer your domain away from Web.com, follow the instructions show here. (Currently, Web.com does not have a support article documenting this procedure.)

  1. Login to your Web.com account.
  2. Click the Manage My Domain link.

  3. Click the Registration tab.

    • Under Registration Details, for Domain Privacy, click Private and turn off the privacy option.
    • Under Transfer Domain, for Lock Status, click Locked and unlock your domain.
    • Under Transfer Domain, for Authorization code, click View or Reset and copy the authorization code.
  4. Click the WHOIS tab.
    • Update the Registrant contact information.
    • Update the Administrative contact information.

When you have completed these tasks, please go to the Google Domains Transfers page to begin the transfer process. You will need the authorization code.

Adding additional registration

When you transfer in a domain, ICANN requires you to add an additional year of registration. This additional year is added to your domain’s existing registration. For example, if your domain is registered for 5 years with your current registrar, the additional year that ICANN requires will increase your domain registration to 6 years.

You can register a domain for a period of from 1 to 10 years. If adding an additional year of registration will cause your domain to exceed the 10 year maximum registration period, then you cannot transfer your domain to Google Domains at this time.

Note: You add the additional registration year using your Google account when you initiate the transfer process. Your credit card, however, will not be charged until the transfer is completed.

Next step

  • Once your domain transfer is completed, go check it out! See View your domain.
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