Renew a domain

You can take steps to prevent your domain from expiring and to prevent you from potentially losing your domain registration. There are two ways that you can renew your domain:

  • Auto-renew: Turn on a setting that automatically renews your domain every year within a month of when your domain expires. Google Domains will charge your payment method when the auto-renewal occurs.
  • Add years: Take manual steps to add years to your domain registration period (up to your domain ending's maximum registration period).
If your domain has expired and is outside of the renewal grace period (typically 30 days), you must take steps to restore your domain and pay an additional restoration fee.

How to turn on auto-renew

To turn on auto-renew, do the following:

  1. Open Google Domains: domains.google.com/registrar.
  2. In the left-hand navigation menu, click My domains.
  3. Click the Expires tab for the name of the domain for which you'd like to turn on auto-renew.
  4. Under Registration, click Turn on auto-renew.

After these steps, Google Domains will prompt you to confirm your purchase. Google Domains will not charge your account until the auto-renewal process actually occurs, within a few days of your expiry date.

Auto-renew only works while the credit card information in your account is valid. Make sure that you update your information if you get a new credit card.

How to add years to your registration

To add years to your registration, do the following:

  1. Open Google Domains: domains.google.com/registrar.
  2. In the left-hand navigation menu, click My domains.
  3. Click the Expires tab for the name of the domain that you'd like to add years to. 
  4. Click Add years and select the number of years that you'd like to add.

After these steps, Google Domains will prompt you to confirm your purchase. Google Domains will charge your account when you finalise this purchase.

The typical maximum registration period is 10 years. The registration period varies by domain ending and some domains only allow auto-renew. Check the reference of domain ending details to confirm the details for your domain.
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