How To Transfer a Domain with GoDaddy
Picking the right registrar can take a bit of trial and error. However, once you’ve found the one, you need to transfer your domain to its new home.
GoDaddy makes transferring domains easy, whether you want to migrate your domain to or from another registrar. Transferring a domain from one GoDaddy account to another is also an option if you need to change the domain’s owner.
Here are the answers to all your questions regarding domain transfer on GoDaddy.
How to Transfer Domain Ownership
You can change the owner of your GoDaddy domain by transferring the domain from one GoDaddy account to another. You’ll need to change the domain account in order to do so. Follow the steps below:
- Head to your GoDaddy Domain Control Center and make sure you login. Choose the domain you want to transfer by checking the box next to it. Click the “Ownership” button. Pick “Move to other GoDaddy Account” from the dropdown menu.
- You’ll need to enter the email address of the person you’re transferring your domain to.
Note: You can also enter the recipient’s shopper ID. If you do so, ensure the email address actually matches the one used for the GoDaddy account you are transferring your domain to.
- Decide whether you’ll copy the contact information to the new account.
- Click “Transfer Domain.”
- If you have domain protection, you’ll need to verify your identity by entering a code.
- If you have two-step verification enabled, simply check your inbox.
- If you don’t have two-step verification, request a code by clicking “Send Password.”
- The other party will receive an email about the account change. Make sure they accept the domain within 10 days of receiving the notice.
If you decide not to copy the contact information during the transfer process, you’ll have to wait for another email. Changes made to the contact info will need to be manually approved.
To view or cancel pending account changes, you can visit the following page:
- Open your GoDaddy Domain Control Center and log in.
- Click “Domains,” then “Pending Account Changes” in the dropdown menu.
- Select “To Another GoDaddy Account” to see the transfers you have initiated.
You can cancel pending account changes by checking the box next to them, then clicking “Cancel Transfer” at the top.
Note: If you’re looking to transfer a GoDaddy domain to another one of your GoDaddy accounts, remember that this is not your only option. It’s also possible to merge GoDaddy accounts. You’ll need to contact GoDaddy support to learn more about this option.
How to Transfer a Domain From Another Registrar
If your current domain provider doesn’t suit your needs, you can transfer your domain to GoDaddy in a few simple steps. First, you’ll have to prepare your domain for the transfer. Then, you can use the GoDaddy transfer tool to complete the process. Here’s how it’s done:
As mentioned, there are a few preparatory steps before beginning the transfer.
- Unlock your domain: the exact steps to unlock your domain will vary depending on your registrar. You might need to contact your current registrar and request them to unlock it for you, or you might be able to do so yourself.
- Verify your contact information: since the email address associated with your domain plays a key role in the transfer process, be sure you still have access to the account.
- Obtain an authorization code (transfer key or EPP code) from your registrar.
Once you’ve completed these prerequisites, you can head to GoDaddy to initiate the domain transfer.
- Open the GoDaddy website.
- Find the “Domains” button on the nine dotted icon.
- Click the “New Transfer” button under the “Bring in domains to GoDaddy from another registrar.”
- Type the domain you want to transfer to in the text box.
- Hit “Continue.”
- GoDaddy charges a flat fee for transferring your domain to their registrar. Complete the payment process, and your job is done.
Your domain will be transferred to GoDaddy within five to seven days. After the transfer is finished, you’ll see the domain on your list in GoDaddy.
How to Transfer Domain to Another Registrar
Transferring a GoDaddy domain is an easy process that involves two major steps; unlocking the domain and obtaining an authorization code. Follow the steps below to transfer your GoDaddy domain to any other registrar.
- Go to GoDaddy and log in.
- Look for the domain name you’d like to transfer under “Domains.”
- Click the “Manage DNS” button. Scroll down to find your contact info and double-check that the email address is correct. The transfer process relies on your email address so having access to this account is essential.
- If your email address is correct, scroll further to find the “Additional Settings” panel.
- Unlock your domain by clicking the “Edit” beside the “Domain lock.” You might need to enter a two-step verification code at this point.
- Find and click “Get authorization code” on the right side of the panel. You’ll receive an email code.
- Optionally, click “Transfer domain away from GoDaddy” in the “Additional Settings” panel to review the transfer checklist again. You can access your authorization code here as well.
With the domain unlocked and the authorization code in your possession, your domain is ready to be transferred to another registrar. Head to your new registrar and complete the transfer by providing the authorization code.
Does GoDaddy charge for domain transfer?
Most registrars charge for domain transfer services. Whether you’ll need to pay a fee on GoDaddy depends on whether you’re transferring a domain to or from the registrar. Transferring your domain from another registrar to GoDaddy will involve a flat fee. You’ll have to pay this small fee while completing the transfer process. However, the first year of registration is free on GoDaddy. On the other hand, the site doesn’t charge you for transferring your domain away from GoDaddy.
How long does it take to transfer a domain on GoDaddy?
Knowing how long a transfer will take on GoDaddy before you begin the process is paramount. Typically, you can expect the domain transfer to be completed within five to seven days.
Why can’t I transfer my GoDaddy domain?
You can’t transfer domains that have been registered or transferred less than 60 days ago as they are under a registrar lock. In addition, changes to the contact information might also put the domain under a registrar lock. As soon as the 60-day period expires, you’ll be able to transfer your domain as usual.
Pick the Right Registrar for You
GoDaddy is a solid choice when you’re looking for a reliable registrar for your domain. You can transfer your domain to GoDaddy for a small fee using their transfer tool. The website also makes transferring domains between accounts or even away from GoDaddy easy. All you need is patience, as the process can take a few days.
Do you prefer GoDaddy or another registrar for your domains? Are you planning on transferring your domains now that you know what the process involves? Let us know in the comments section below.