Before transferring a domain away from 1&1, please backup all website files, databases, e-mail accounts, and take note of any DNS settings or subdomains created under the domain as no data or configuration will transfer with the domain!
It is suggested to initiate a domain transfer at least 1 month before the domain's expiration to allow ample time. Please read how to Check a Domain's Expiration Date to find out when the domain is going to expire.
Log in to the 1&1 Control Panel
using your Customer ID OR domain name
and your password
If you have only one package, you will land on the Administration page. If you have more than one package, select the package in question to reach its Administration page.
Click the Domain Center
link from the Domains panel.
Domains > Domain Center
Check the box next to the domain which is to be transferred away from 1&1. Click the Domain Settings
button and then select Edit Basic Settings
Domain Overview Page
Click the Unlock
Take note of the Authorization code
for the domain. The authorization code is needed when initiating the transfer request with the Gaining Registrar as verification that you are the current holder of the domain. Some domains do not have Authorization Codes assigned to them.
For these domains, the Authorization Code will not appear at the bottom of the list on the Info page.
Basic Settings Page
You will receive a confirmation message informing you that the process is underway.
You may now initiate the transfer process using your Authorization Code with the gaining registrar. The gaining registrar will need to obtain express authorization from the current registrant via electronic (typically e-mail) or physical (typically a signed and faxed form) means. Once the gaining registrar has received confirmation from the domain owner to transfer the domain, the request is sent to 1&1 for the domain's release. 1&1 will release the domain after five(5) days as required by ICANN if there are no restrictions, disputes, etc.