GoDaddy is one of the world’s most popular domain name registrars. However, lots of new registrars are emerging and consumers are often itching to try out a new domain host for various reasons. If you are transferring domains from GoDaddy to another registrar, you need to first unlock the domain.
P.S. GoDaddy doesn’t allow you to transfer your domain to another registrar if you registered the domain in the last 60 days. Or you transferred the domain to GoDaddy within that period.
Steps to unlock your domain on GoDaddy
Step 1. Log in to your GoDaddy Domain Control Center
Step 2. Select your domain name
Now, select the domain name you want to transfer to another registrar. Doing this takes you to the Domain settings page.
Step 3. Click ‘Additional Settings’
Next, click Additional Settings and select Transfer domain away from GoDaddy.
Warning: If the option to transfer your domain away from GoDaddy is disabled, one of four things could be the cause. 1. You transferred your domain to Godaddy in the last 60 days. 2. You registered this domain with GoDaddy in the last 60 days. 3. You recently updated your domain contact information. 4. Your domain has Ownership Protection.
Note. GoDaddy requires all .UK domains to enter the IPS (internet provider security) tag for your new registrar before the transfer can be completed.
Step 4. Get Authorization Code
Now, you can access your Authorization Code which is important for transferring your domain to your new registrar.
You can click on the Get Authorization Code button to copy the code to your Clipboard. Regardless, GoDaddy will send you an email with your Authorization Code immediately you click that button.
The email will be sent to the email address associated with your domain name.
Bravo! Your domain is now Unlocked!
The transfer process must now be completed on your new registrar. To do this, you must provide your new web host with the Authorization Code you just received from GoDaddy.
How to get your Authorization Code if your domain is on a 60-day lock
We already explained that the option to transfer your domain away from GoDaddy may be disabled for four reasons – as highlighted in Step 3 above. This makes it seem impossible to get your Authorization Code.
Still, you can get your Authorization Code even with this button disabled due to a 60-day lock or other reasons.
To do this you need to create an exportable list which would contain your Authorization Code.
Steps to create an exportable list for your domain
Step 1. Login to your Domain Control Center on GoDaddy
Step 2. Click on the Checkbox next to the domain you wish to export.
Step 3. Above your domain list, there’s a menu. Click on Export.
Step 4. Select the details you would like to export through settings. This includes your profile name the columns and the file format you prefer.
Step 5. Confirm your export.
Step 6. Click on the Download Now button to download your exported list to your computer or device. By default your Authorization code will be included in the list you just downloaded.
GoDaddy also allows you to manage your Domain Name System (DNS) even after transferring your domain to another host. But you can only do this after you have added DNS hosting. Here’s how to add DNS Hosting to your site.
Now, let’s answer the most frequently asked questions for Transferring Domains from GoDaddy to new registrants.
What is an Auth-Code?
An Auth-Code is the same for an Authorization Code, AuthInfo Code, EPP code or Transfer Code. This code is created by GoDaddy or any other registrar to identify the domain name holder and prevent unauthorized transfers. Hence, you can’t transfer your domain to another registrar without an Auth-Code.
Why isn’t GoDaddy allowing me to transfer to another registrar?
From the article, we already discussed four reasons why your domain transfer may fail. However, GoDaddy can prevent a domain from being transferred for any of the following reasons.
- Identity dispute over the user trying to transfer a domain to another registrar.
- Domain has is on hold due to payments owed for a previous registration period.
- Explicitly written objection from domain name registrant not to transfer the domain.
- Evidence of fraud from the domain being transferred.
- Your domain is on 60-day lock, as discussed earlier
GoDaddy will send you an email telling you why the domain transfer is being prevented. If by any chance you don’t get this email, send a support email from your GoDaddy Domain Control Center immediately.
Do I get charged a fee to transfer my domain from GoDaddy to another registrar?
There is no fee charged to transfer your domain away from GoDaddy. However, your new registrant will charge a small fee. This fee is required to purchase domain transfer on your new registrar.
Can I transfer my expired GoDaddy domain to another registrar?
Yes. You can transfer an expired GoDaddy domain to another registrar. If the domain is still in the grace period.
Transferring your domain away from GoDaddy is a simple process. The actionable steps have been carefully outlined in this brief piece.
If you have any further challenge with transferring your domain from GoDaddy to another registrar, let us know in the comments section.