How To Transfer Domain Ownership in NameCheap

Suppose you’ve decided to sell your online business or website. In that case, you’ll need to transfer the domain ownership to the new owner. Website owners whose domain is registered at Namecheap should have no trouble completing this task. And you’ll find the process even easier with this step-by-step guide at hand.

How To Transfer Domain Ownership in NameCheap

How to Transfer Namecheap Domain Ownership

Transferring (or pushing, as the company calls it) Namecheap domain ownership is pretty straightforward. It’s free of charge and can be completed whether the new owner already has a Namecheap account or not.

Before diving into the steps, let’s lay out the ground rules:

  • You can transfer your domain at any point of your ownership. (You don’t have to wait even after completing another transfer.)
  • You can’t transfer expired domains. (Renew the domain first.)
  • You can’t transfer domains listed in Namecheap Marketplace. (Remove the listing first.)
  • You can’t transfer the domain to a person already designated as its manager. (Remove them from the function first.)

Now that we’ve got that out of the way let’s get down to business.

How to Transfer Namecheap Domain Ownership to an Existing Account

If the new domain owner already has a Namecheap account, you can move straight to transferring the domain ownership.

  1. Log in to the Namecheap account that owns the domain you want to transfer.
  2. Go to the “Domain List” tab on the left sidebar.
  3. Locate the domain you want to transfer.
  4. Click on the “Manage” button on the far right of the domain’s name.
  5. Head to the “Sharing & Transfer” tab at the top of the domain’s page.
  6. Scroll down to the “Change Ownership” section.
  7. In the “New Owner” field, enter the new owner’s Namecheap username or the email address they use for their account.
  8. Click on the “Change” button.

At this point, a Change Ownership window will pop up. You’ll need to enter your Namecheap password to authorize the domain ownership change. In addition, the pop-up window requires you to choose whose contact info the domain will list after the ownership change.

If you select the “Use new owner’s contacts” option next to the “Registrant Contact” field, the new owner will have to verify their contact info. Still, choosing this option is well worth it since using current contacts can only create confusion and unnecessary future verification difficulties.

Hit the orange “Change” button at the bottom of the pop-up window, and the ownership change is done. Well, at least your part of this process. The rest is up to the new owner.

They will receive an email. One click on the “Approve the Ownership Change” link and the transfer will be completed almost immediately. After all, a domain ownership transfer doesn’t affect the DNS settings, which equals no downtime.

Note that the approval step is optional and serves as a security feature. If the new owner wants to skip it, they can do so by enabling the auto-accept feature.

  1. Click on the “Profile” tab on the left sidebar.
  2. Select the “Security” option.
  3. Navigate to the “Recovery & Alerts” section.
  4. Locate the “Incoming Invitations” option and click on the “Edit” button next to it.
  5. Go to “Automatically Accept Invitations” and check the box next to it.

This option will also come in handy if you’re transferring the domain to another Namecheap account you own.

In case you’re sticking to the email confirmation route, the new domain owner must be logged into their Namecheap account before clicking on the email confirmation link.

Note that not all domain-related services will automatically move to the new account. For services like Private Email, you’ll need to take some additional steps. Similarly, any app subscriptions will remain in your account instead of transferring with the domain name.

Once the domain is fully transferred to the other account, the new domain owner assumes responsibility for all payments associated with the domain.

Also, remember that a Namecheap domain ownership change is final. If you happen to change your mind about making the deal, Namecheap won’t be able to reverse this change. In this case, the only course of action is to contact the new owner and ask for the domain back.

How to Transfer Namecheap Ownership to a New Account

Say the new owner of the domain you intend to transfer doesn’t have a Namecheap account. Can you still proceed with the transfer?

You absolutely can! You just need to invite them to become the new domain owner via email. Here’s what to do:

  1. Log in to the Namecheap account where the domain you want to transfer is located.
  2. Go to the “Domain List” tab on the left sidebar.
  3. Find the domain you want to transfer and click on the “Manage” button next to it.
  4. Tap the “Sharing & Transfer” tab at the top of the page.
  5. Locate the “Change Ownership” section.
  6. Type the email address of the new domain owner in the “New Owner” text field.
  7. Hit the “Change” button.

A Change Ownership window will now appear. You must select the “Use Current Contacts” option under “Registrant Contact” since the new owner won’t have any contact information at Namecheap. To complete the transfer process, enter your password in the corresponding field and click on the “Change” button below.

If you’ve followed these steps carefully, the following message should appear: “Domain ownership change initiated successfully.”

And that’s all you need to do. The new domain owner should take it from here.

All they need to do is log in to their email and click on the “Approve the Ownership Change” link. As soon as they do that, they’ll be redirected to the Namecheap homepage.

From there, the new owner can create a Namecheap account. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Click on the “Sign Up?” button in the upper-right corner of the “Log In to Your Account” window.
  2. In the “Create an Account” form, enter your username, password, and first and last name in the corresponding field.
  3. In the “Email Address” field, enter the email address that received the ownership change invitation.
  4. Click on the “Create Account and Continue” button at the bottom.

Once the account is created, the Domain Push Invitation page will automatically launch. Here, the new owner can push the “Accept” button to advance the domain ownership change process.

Interestingly, this isn’t the end. Instead, the new domain owner will be redirected to a new page where they have to fill in the necessary fields. The “Primary address” field is the most important among them. Then, they should return to the invitation email and click on the link again.

Once again, they’ll be sent to the Domain Push Invitation page. And once again, the new owner must confirm the change by hitting the “Accept” button.

This time, the change will be accepted and an “Action Success” message will pop up to complete the transaction.

From there, the new owner has complete control over your old Namecheap domain.

A Domain Ownership Change in Just a Few Clicks

As you can see, transferring domain ownership at Namecheap requires little time and effort, both from you and the new domain owner. The new owner doesn’t even have to be a Namecheap account holder and you can complete the domain ownership change in just a few clicks.

Have you ever had to transfer domain ownership? How did it go? Let us know in the comments section below.

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