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Preparing Domains in GoDaddy for Transfer Out

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If you have more than a few domains with GoDaddy then preparing them for transferring away can be a time-consuming process. To help, we've put together this guide.


Before transferring all domains that will be transferred need to fit the following requirements:


Once these requirements are met follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://godaddy.com/ and log in.
  2. Under My Products click on Domain Manager

    GoDaddy Domain Manager

  3. Check the box next to each domains, press the Locking icon, uncheck the Lock check box and press OK.

    GoDaddy Unlock Domain

  4. Go to Tools > Exportable Lists

    GoDaddy Exportable Lists

  5. Click "Add New Export"

    GoDaddy New Export

  6. In step 1 select "All My Domains" and press "Next"

    GoDaddy Export Lists Step 1

  7. In step 2 check "Authorization Codes" and press "Next". You may also check other boxes if you want to have that information handy while doing transfers.

    GoDaddy Export Lists Step 2

  8. Select "CSV" for the "File Type" and "GZ" for the "Compression" and enter a name such as godaddy-domains and press "Finish". If you are worried about being able to open a GZ compressed file then you may always change "Select compression:" to none.

    GoDaddy Export Lists Step 3

  9. Once the list is generated by GoDaddy you will receive an email from them with a link to get to the page where the list may be downloaded.

    GoDaddy Export Lists Step 4

  10. To download the list click on the "Download Now" link for the list.

GoDaddy Export Lists Step 5

Now you should have a file that you can open with Excel or Numbers or even a text editor and you can copy each of the authorization codes from the file as you add the domains into your account.

Update: Recently a DNSimple customer pointed out this help article on GoDaddy’s site about how to speed up transfers out by explicitly approving them: http://help.godaddy.com/article/6040?locale=en - this is good to know since without it you may have to wait 5 days for the transfer to complete.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at support@dnsimple.com - we're always happy to help.

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Anthony Eden

I break things so Simone continues to have plenty to do. I occasionally have useful ideas, like building a domain and DNS provider that doesn't suck.