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Transfer Your Domain Away from 1&1

Learn how to transfer your domain away from 1&1, to another registrar.

Please note:
Please note that transferring all domains out of your hosting package does NOT cancel the hosting plan itself. The hosting plan will remain active and will continue being billed until cancelled.

To transfer a domain away from 1&1, the following conditions must be met:

  • The domain has not been registered or transferred in the last 60 days.
  • The domain must have public registration.
  • The domain's contact information should be updated.
  • The domain must be unlocked for transfer (shown below).
  • The domain's authorization code is needed (shown below).

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.

Step 1
Log in to your 1&1 Control Panel and select the relevant package.
Step 2
Click Manage domains.
1&1 Control Panel
1&1 Control Panel
Step 3
Click the domain name you want to prepare for transfer.
1&1 Control Panel
1&1 Control Panel
Step 4
Go to the Registration & Transfer tab.
Domain Management
Domain Management
Step 5
Click the switch to disable the Domain transfer lock.
Domain Management
Domain Management
Step 6
Click Show Authorization Code.
Domain Management
Domain Management
Step 7
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 owner of the domain. Some domains do not have authorization codes assigned to them. For these domains, the authorization Code will not appear underneath the Domain transfer lock.
Confirmation message
Confirmation message
Step 8
Please wait up to 24 hours for the transfer lock to be removed before initiating 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 once the transfer has been approved or after five(5) days as required by ICANN, if there are no restrictions, disputes, etc.

If at any time, you wish to prevent the transfer before it has begun, you can simply Enable the domain transfer lock in Step 5 to prevent the transfer from occuring.

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