This article will teach you how to transfer a Google registered domain to GoDaddy. I found it extremely frustrating that there are no decent instructions out there about how to transfer a domain you registered with Google (most likely when you signed up for a Blogger account) over to another Registrar. This process takes a few steps and will more than likely take you a couple days to finish, but stay with me and we’ll get through it together.
The first thing you will need to do is have an account at a registrar where you want your Google domain to be transferred to. I’ve been using GoDaddy.com forever, and I’ve never had any issues with them, so if I can highly recommend them for your domain registering needs. Normally it only costs $7.00 to transfer a domain name, and you get an additional year of registration for free.
Now that you have your account set up there, log in and go to the top “Domains” dropdown tab and select “Transfer Domains to GoDaddy”. Type the domain name you wish to transfer from Google in the box and select “Go”. If the domain name is available for transfer, click “Proceed to Checkout”. Continue through the checkout process and pay for the transfer. You will receive several emails from GD, one of which will contain transfer codes for your domain, so don’t trash these!
In the next step, you have to get into it with the nice folks over at Google. When you buy a domain name through the big “G”, your domain name is actually being hosted by Enom.com or GoDaddy.com (Yeah, go figure), but for some reason it’s extremely difficult to get access to your own domain name.
Proceed to the Google Apps page here…google.com/apps/intl/en/business/index.html
Click on “Returning User Sign In” in the upper right. Enter the domain name that we’re trying to transfer and click GO. This should log you into your domain management control panel. If you are asked to log in again, just log in with your domain username and password (Hopefully you remember this).
Click on the “Manage this Domain” text in the upper right. On this page, click on “Domain Names” in the upper left section of the page. Doesn’t it seem like we’ve clicked “domain names” about a thousand times already?
Finally…you are now looking at the domain settings for your Google domain. In the Primary Domain section, see the link for Advanced DNS settings..Click that. You will now see the following:
To change Advanced DNS settings, sign in to your DNS console with the following information:
Write this password down, because you’re going to need it when you email Google for your “Authorization Code”. Send an email to the address you see on the screen above, it could be either of those addresses shown. Tell them you are the owner of http: //www. xyzYourDomain.com and you need the authorization code to transfer your domain to a new registrar. Write in the password show above also. This will be all they need to unlock your domain, and email the transfer code to you. It may take a few hours to a day to get the email.
Once you do, copy the Authorization Code and go back into your GoDaddy.com account and go to the “My Domains” tab where you can manage your domain names. In the upper left, you will see another 4 tabs that read “Domain Names” | “Buy/Sell” | “Tools” | “Help”. Roll over the “Domain Names” tab and select “Pending Transfers” from the dropdown list. You should now see the domain name you are trying to transfer. Click the checkbox next to the domain name and on the left portion of the page you will see an “Authorization” button. Roll over Authorize and select “Begin Transfer Authorization”. Find that email GoDaddy sent you before, which contains a Transfer ID & Security Code and enter those numbers into the appropriate boxes which should now be showing. Click “Next” and select that it is OK to transfer. Now enter the holy Google Authorization you were emailed. You should now be seeing a message that says “Accept Transfer at Current Registrar”. That’s it, it’s now out of your hands. Hopefully within the next 1-5 days, someone over at Google domains will press the button to finalize the transfer into your GoDaddy.com account. Once it’s been transferred, it will show in your “My Domains” section of your account, and you’re free to change DNS NameServers, forward it, or any of the other features.
Now doesn’t it feel good to be free and have control over your own domains? Good luck with your websites.