How To Transfer Domain From GoDaddy To Google Domains

Godaddy dashboard

When it comes to purchasing domain names, GoDaddy is certainly the king of domain business.

Namecheap which is certainly one of the closest competitors to GoDaddy, but it will take years of experience for them to match Godaddy standard. If you have been following domain industry news, you must have heard of Google launching their domain service with the name Google domains which are in beta stage & available in U.S.A only.

Today, I got an invitation to try out Google domains, and instead of buying a new domain from them, I thought of transferring and renewing one of my domain hosted on GoDaddy to Google domains.

This guide is for those who are already on Google domains, or you can refer to this once you Google domains goes public. I will show you how to transfer your existing domains on Godaddy to Google domains.

Step by step guide to transfer GoDaddy domain to Google

There are two mandatory steps required to transfer a domain from any domain registrar to new one, and they are:

  • Unlock the domain
  • Get the EPP code

In this guide, I will show you all the steps you need to do at Godaddy domain manager to unlock and get your domain EPP code to transfer the domain. On the receiving side, I have Google domains, but you can use the same steps for any other domain registrar like NameCheap.

To start with, login to your GoDaddy panel and launch the domain manager at the dashboard:

Godaddy dashboard
On the domain manager panel of GoDaddy, you need to click on the domain name which you wish to transfer to Google domains or any other domain registrar.

click on domain name
Now you will be on the domain management page of your selected domain. Here you need to unlock the domain so that your domain can be transferred from one registrar to another. I have already talked about this in details in my earlier guide on how to make your domain secure. Follow the screenshot and simply set the lock status to off:

unlock domain on Godaddy
After unlocking your domain, you need to get your domain authorization code to transfer the domain from one registrar to another. On the same page at the end you will see a column call “Authorization code,” you need to click on “Email code” to get EPP (Authorization code) in your eMail.

domain authorization code
Check your Email inbox for your unique domain authorization code, and now it’s time to go to Google domains to transfer the domain name.

You can login to your Google domains account from here. Once you are inside your Google domains dashboard, you will see an option to “Transfer in” domains.
Click on it and add your domain name which you want to transfer. In this case, add the domain name which you have unlocked on Godaddy and have EPP code for the same.

Google Domains transfer in
Click on continue, and it will ask you to follow steps one by one. In our case, we have already unlocked the domain and our who.Is information is updated, so we skip to the step 3 and add the authorisation code.
One important step which you don’t want to skip is step 4.

By default, Google will select the Google’s name server, and you should change it to keep existing name-servers, this will not affect your website in any way, and domain transfer will happen without any downtime.

Existing Nameserver
Click on Import Name servers and in next step Google will ask you to pay $12 (May change) to transfer the domain to Google domains. When you pay for the domain transfer, this will also renew your domain for one more year.
Now you need to add your billing details to confirm the transfer. You will be getting an Email to authenticate the transfer of your domain from your existing domain registrar to Google domains.

Note: Google domains service is currently in beta, and above screenshot might change over the time. However, The procedure will remain the same.

As a blogger, I’m happy to see Google entering into domain business, as it might give a stiff competition to GoDaddy and as a user we get maximum benefit out of it. If you are already using Google domains service, I would like to hear your feedback and comment on the same. If you enjoyed this tutorial, do share it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

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Harsh Agrawal

Harsh Agrawal

A blog scientist by mind and a passionate blogger by heart. Blogging on WordPress platform since 2008. Sharing his learning about WordPress hosting to help other bloggers & entrepreneurs make better decisions.

10 thoughts on “How To Transfer Domain From GoDaddy To Google Domains”

  1. As i was trying to transfer in India from godaddy to google, google didn’t allow stating that domain transfer is still not avbl in india. How did you change?

  2. Do you require a credit card with US address to transfer the domain from Godaddy to google, as the feature is only available in US?

  3. I am concerned with the transfers in terms of the content in my mail. I have three email accounts with the domain and they are filled with mails from day one, will they get lost during the transfer?

      1. Hello again @Harsh Agrawal,

        Well that got me even more concered when you said “if you do it right” is there a page that you could recommend to read for instructions?

        Also, i just found out that google domains are not yet available in Lebanon, which i find very strange as i knew a few people here who have used google domains and migrated the account from godaddy to google.

        anything else that you could recommend?

      1. Is that cost of transfer or that fees will be used towards renewal? My domain expires in a week, so would I have to pay fees to transfer and then renewal as well or just to transfer and that auto renews?

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