How to Transfer a Domain to GoDaddy

Transferring a domain to GoDaddy involves a few key steps that ensure the process is smooth and successful. Whether you’re consolidating your domain management or seeking GoDaddy’s services, following these steps will help you efficiently transfer your domain.

Step 1: Prepare Your Domain for Transfer

Before initiating a transfer to GoDaddy, you need to prepare your domain at the current registrar:

  • Unlock the Domain: Make sure the domain is unlocked. Domains are often locked to prevent unauthorized transfers, so you’ll need to disable this setting.
  • Verify Contact Information: Ensure that your administrative contact information is up-to-date because GoDaddy will use this information to contact you during the transfer.
  • Obtain an Authorization Code: Also known as an EPP code, this is required to transfer your domain. You can obtain this code from your current registrar.

Step 2: Purchase a Domain Transfer from GoDaddy

  • Go to GoDaddy’s Website: Visit GoDaddy’s domain transfer page.
  • Enter Your Domain: Type the domain you wish to transfer into the search box.
  • Enter Your Authorization Code: Input the EPP code when prompted.
  • Add to Cart and Complete Purchase: Follow the instructions to add the transfer to your cart and proceed to checkout. You will likely need to pay for one additional year of domain registration during this process.

Step 3: Approve the Transfer

After purchasing the transfer, you’ll need to authorize it:

  • Email Confirmation: GoDaddy will send an email to the administrative contact’s email address. You must approve the transfer by clicking on the link provided in the email.
  • Current Registrar Approval: Depending on your previous registrar, you might also need to approve the transfer from their end. This process varies, so check with your current registrar for specific instructions.

Step 4: Wait for the Transfer to Complete

  • Transfer Time: Domain transfers typically take between 5 to 7 days to complete after you’ve approved the transfer.
  • Monitor the Status: You can check the status of your transfer in your GoDaddy account under the “Domains” section.

Step 5: Verify the Transfer

Once the transfer is complete, verify that your domain is correctly listed in your GoDaddy account. Check the domain’s settings and ensure that everything is configured as you desire, such as domain locking and auto-renew settings.

Additional Tips:

  • Transfer Time: Start the transfer process well before the domain’s expiration date to avoid any service disruptions.
  • Domain Age: Ensure the domain was registered or previously transferred at least 60 days ago, as ICANN regulations prevent transferring newly registered or recently transferred domains within this period.

By following these steps, you can successfully transfer your domain to GoDaddy, taking advantage of their services and support to manage your online presence effectively.