Use the change of address tool
If you've moved your site to a new root-level domain, use the Change of address tool in Webmaster Tools. A change of address notification helps you manage the transition needed by Google to index your new URLs at the new address, while minimizing impact to your current ranking in Google Search results.
A change of address notifies Google about the new URLs for your existing content, so that we can update our index to reflect the new domain for your pages. This updated index status remains in effect for 180 days, by which time Googlebot will have crawled and indexed the pages at the new address.
The change of address tool is safe, because only verified site owners can use it. You can check the tool at any time to see the information provided to Google about your domains.
Before you request an address change
Prepare for you address change as follows:
- Complete the actual content migration first.
Read our guidelines on moving a site with URL changes and make sure to complete key steps before submitting a change of address request.
Note: If you do not first set up 301-redirect directives, your change of address request will not work.
- Add and verify your new site with Webmaster Tools.
The first step in submitting a change of address request involves selecting your new site from a list, so make sure Webmaster Tools knows about your site.Make sure you specify all relevant preferences for your new domain that you set for your old site, including a preferred domain, geographical preferences, and any crawl rate adjustments you might have made.
- Request an address change.
Use the Change of address tool when your site move entails a root-level domain change, such as changing from www.example-petstore.com to www.example.com.
Note: The tool does not currently support the following kinds of site moves: subdomain name changes, protocol changes (from HTTP to HTTPS), or path-only changes.
Submit a change of address
- On the Webmaster Tools Home page, click the site you want to move from.
- Click the gear icon; then click Change of Address.
- Follow the instructions in the Change of site address tool.
- Monitor your traffic as indicated in Move a site with URL changes.
- Add your new site to your Webmaster Tools account, and verify ownership.
- Set up server-side redirects (301-redirect directives) from your old URLs to the new ones. The Change of address tool won't function without it.
- Make sure that your new site is not a subdomain or a sub-directory located beneath a root-level domain. For example, you can specify
http://www.example.com, but not
- Verify the preferred version of your new domain. For example, if you have verified
http://example.com, but not
http://www.example.com, and you want to use
http://www.example.comas the preferred version, it will not appear in the list until you verify it.
- Don't chain site moves. If you submit a change of address notice redirecting traffic to your new site (
www.example-petstore.com), you can't then submit another change of address notice specifying that the content on
www.example-petstore.comhas moved to
Withdraw a change of address
If you or another verified owner have incorrectly indicated a change of address for your site, you can withdraw that request after it has been made. When you withdraw a change of address, it stops the process of updating URLs for your old site.
To withdraw an address change: Select your original site from the site selector. You'll see the Change of address steps listed as completed. At the bottom of that screen, click Withdraw.