Google Domain Transfer: Everything You Need to Know

Are you thinking of selling your business or rebranding your website? Or, maybe your domain hosting is costing too much or you need better service. Perhaps you’re just looking to switch up your online presence. In any case, in these situations, you may need to perform a Google domain transfer.

It’s not as straightforward as handing over the keys to your new website, though—there are many details to consider, and you’ll want to be fully informed. 

As Google Domains has risen in popularity, it has recently hosted almost 6 million sites, ranking 6th worldwide. However, as Google has recently opted to move out of this space, if your site has used Google Domains, understanding how to transfer your domain is becoming increasingly crucial. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about Google domain transfers. So, let’s dive in and make this process as smooth and painless as possible!

Domains? Registrars? I’m So Confused…

If you’re a business owner looking to establish an online presence, you’ve probably heard about the importance of having a custom domain. But what exactly is a domain, and why is it necessary? 

A domain is like your home address on the internet. It’s a unique name (the “X” in that you choose for your website, making it easy for people to find and remember. Think of it as your online identity. Without a domain, your website would be a series of numbers, making it much harder for people to find and visit. 

To have a domain, you need to buy one and register it with a domain registrar. A registrar is a company that manages and sells domains to individuals and businesses, and gives them the right to use that specific domain for a set time. 

Why are we telling you this? If you’ve been following tech news lately, you’ve probably seen some headlines about “Google Domain transfers.” Squarespace has recently entered into a new agreement with Google to take over the assets associated with Google Domains, allowing customers to transfer their Google Domain accounts over to Squarespace. 

So, if you currently have a Google Domain, you may be wondering whether you should transfer it to Squarespace. Because both are reputable options, the answer depends on your specific needs and preferences. 

Why Transfer?

There are various reasons why someone may choose to transfer their domain. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Change of Ownership: If you’re selling your website or business (or just handing it to someone else), you’ll need to transfer the domain to the new owner. 
  • Consolidate Domain Management: Managing multiple domains can be time-consuming and overwhelming. Transferring all your domains to one registrar can help streamline the process and make managing it easier. 
  • Better Pricing or Services: If you find a registrar offering better pricing or services, transferring your domain may be worth it to take advantage of these benefits. 
  • Consistency Between Host and Registrar: Sometimes, website owners may purchase their domain from one registrar and their hosting from another. Transferring the domain to the same registrar as their host can help with consistency and save on fees. If you’re dealing with Google/Squarespace, this may be a top reason for transferring. 
  • Security: Security is another primary consideration for transferring a domain. If you’ve had breaches or concerns with your current provider, transferring to a more secure option can help protect your website and customers’ sensitive information.

Once you’ve decided it’s time to make the switch, you have several options for types of domain transfers:

  1. Registrar to Registrar: This is the most common method, and involves moving your domain to a new registrar. 
  2. Ownership Transfer: This transfer occurs when selling a website and transferring the domain to the new owner. 
  3. Site to Site: If you are moving your website to a new hosting platform, you will need to transfer your domain to point to the new site. 
  4. TLD (Top-Level Domain) Transfer: This type of transfer involves switching to a different top-level domain, such as .com to .org. 
  5. ccTLD (Country Code Top Level Domain) Transfer: If you have a country-specific domain, such as, and want to transfer it to a different registrar, you must follow this process. 

The next step is to learn what’s necessary to make your transfer as painless as possible. That’s where we come in!

7 Steps for a Google Domain Transfer

If you want to transfer your Google domain to another service, you’ve come to the right place! Transferring a domain may seem daunting, but with these simple steps, you can switch without any hassle. 

1. Log into Your Account 

The first step is to access your Google Domains account. If you don’t already have an account, you can easily create one by visiting Once logged in, you’ll see a list of your registered domain names. 

2. Select the Relevant Domain

Next, pick the domain name you want to transfer out. This might be a personal website, a blog, or a business website. Make sure you select the correct domain name to avoid any issues. 

3. Access Registration Options

Once you’ve selected your desired domain, go to the menu and click on “Registration settings.” This will bring you to a page where you can manage the registration settings for your domain. 

4. Deactivate Domain Lock 

To transfer your domain, you must ensure it’s not locked. Look for the “Domain lock” section and ensure it is set to ‘Unlocked.’ If it’s locked, click the ‘Unlock’ button to deactivate it. 

5. Obtain Transfer Code 

Next, you must obtain an authorization code to initiate the transfer process. In the “Transfer out” section, click on the option to receive an authorization code. Remember: this code is only valid for a limited time, so use it promptly. 

6. Copy the Code 

If you’re prompted to log in, do so, and then you’ll see a code appear. Copy it down accurately, as you’ll need it in the next step. 

7. Provide Code to New Registrar 

The final step is to provide the copied authorization code to the registrar where you’re transferring your domain. Once you’ve shared the code, click the “Done” button to complete the process. 

That’s it! By following these easy steps, you can successfully transfer your domain away from Google Domains.

Common Problems and Troubleshooting

You need to know some important things about Google Domain transfers to help you through the process. 

  • Don’t Rush: Transfers can take up to 5 days. Don’t sweat!
  • Clear the Deck: Do you have any pending admin issues with Google? Sort those out first, or your transfer’s a no-go.
  • Watch the Calendar: Have you bought or transferred this domain in the last 60 days? Some red tape might slow you down. Check with your new registrar for workarounds.
  • Know Your Role: You’ll wear different hats in this process, from the current domain owner with Google to the new owner at your new registrar. Keep those responsibilities straight to avoid mix-ups!
  • WHOIS Who?: If your domain has private registration, the new registrar won’t automatically get your contact details. You’ll need to re-enter and verify this info on the other side.

Knowing these common issues can help you quickly transfer your domain to your new registrar.

Time to Transfer?

There are a variety of reasons why people choose Google domain transfers, from getting better pricing to seeking additional features and services, and our step-by-step guide will help you navigate the domain terrain. 

But the key takeaway is this: transferring your domain can be beneficial and straightforward if done correctly. And that’s where Buddy Web Design and Development comes in. 

At Buddy, we understand making the switch can feel stressful and intimidating, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the technical aspects. We aim to make it easier for you by being a partner and teammate for creating an outstanding brand and online experience.

Whether you’re looking to transfer your Google domain for better pricing or additional features or simply want to revamp your online presence, let’s work together to make it happen!

Buddy Web Design & Development

Let’s Work Together

Let’s partner to turn your ideas into reality and build something great together.

Privacy Policy

We value your privacy.

This privacy policy applies to the use of all our web properties, including this site.

Log Files and Cookies

This website utilizes industry standard analytics packages which gather limited information on visitors to our website automatically and stores this anonymous information in server log files. This information may include IP addresses, browser type, basic IP information, referring pages, operating system used, and date/time stamps. This information does not identify individual users; it is used only for site administration, as well as for analysis of website usage and trends.

Additionally, cookies may be used to provide easier and faster access to website features such as logins and/or repeat visits.  Cookies are very small text files that are stored on personal computers for reference purposes. We do not store in cookies to any personally identifiable information in cookies.   

Links to Third-Party Websites

This website may contain links to other sites that are not controlled in any way by us. Please be aware when you click on any such links, we are not responsible for the privacy practices and/or policies of any website other than our own. Consequently, we strongly suggest that you review the privacy policy of every website you visit, whether or not they are linked to by our site.

Registration and Use of Personal Information

Registration is not required to use or access this website. However, we may make forums, blogs, message boards, or similar features available to our visitors. You may be asked to register for using these features, particularly if you wish to leave comments or publish content.

Please note that if you post comments or articles to any forum, blog or message board on this site, any personally identifiable information you provide in those comments or articles may be read, collated and used by anyone viewing them. As such, we are not responsible for personally identifiable information you may choose to make available through these channels.


We follow accepted industry standards to protect any personal information you have provided to us. However, please be aware that no method of electronic storage can ever be 100% secure. Therefore, as is the case with any organization – we are not in a position to guarantee the absolute security of your information.

You may submit any questions you may have about our security procedures by emailing us

Legal Disclaimer

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our website.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy, please free to contact us.

Copyright Notice

We do not authorize anyone to copy materials published on this web site for personal, commercial, or non-commercial use. The sites to which our site links remain subject to their own copyright notice. These materials cannot be distributed, modified, posted on a website, or used for public or commercial purposes.

Permission to copy any portions of these publications or post any portions of these publications on a website must be obtained in writing by contacting us.

Terms of Use

These terms and conditions outline the rules and regulations for the use of Buddy Web Design & Development’s Website, located at

By accessing this website we assume you accept these terms and conditions. Do not continue to use if you do not agree to take all of the terms and conditions stated on this page.

The following terminology applies to these Terms and Conditions, Privacy Statement and Disclaimer Notice and all Agreements: “Client”, “You” and “Your” refers to you, the person log on this website and compliant to the Company’s terms and conditions. “The Company”, “Ourselves”, “We”, “Our” and “Us”, refers to our Company. “Party”, “Parties”, or “Us”, refers to both the Client and ourselves. All terms refer to the offer, acceptance and consideration of payment necessary to undertake the process of our assistance to the Client in the most appropriate manner for the express purpose of meeting the Client’s needs in respect of provision of the Company’s stated services, in accordance with and subject to, prevailing law of us. Any use of the above terminology or other words in the singular, plural, capitalization and/or he/she or they, are taken as interchangeable and therefore as referring to same.


We may employ the use of cookies. By accessing, you agreed to use cookies in agreement with the Buddy Web Design & Development’s Privacy Policy.

Most interactive websites use cookies to let us retrieve the user’s details for each visit. Cookies are used by our website to enable the functionality of certain areas to make it easier for people visiting our website. Some of our affiliate/advertising partners may also use cookies.


Unless otherwise stated, Buddy Web Design & Development and/or its licensors own the intellectual property rights for all material on All intellectual property rights are reserved. You may access this from for your own personal use subjected to restrictions set in these terms and conditions.

You must not:

  • Republish material from
  • Sell, rent or sub-license material from
  • Reproduce, duplicate or copy material from
  • Redistribute content from

This Agreement shall begin on the date hereof. 

Hyperlinking to our Content

The following organizations may link to our Website without prior written approval:

  • Government agencies;
  • Search engines;
  • News organizations;
  • Online directory distributors may link to our Website in the same manner as they hyperlink to the Websites of other listed businesses; and
  • System wide Accredited Businesses except soliciting non-profit organizations, charity shopping malls, and charity fundraising groups which may not hyperlink to our Web site.

These organizations may link to our home page, to publications or to other Website information so long as the link: (a) is not in any way deceptive; (b) does not falsely imply sponsorship, endorsement or approval of the linking party and its products and/or services; and (c) fits within the context of the linking party’s site.

We may consider and approve other link requests from the following types of organizations:

  • commonly-known consumer and/or business information sources;
  • community sites;
  • associations or other groups representing charities;
  • online directory distributors;
  • internet portals;
  • accounting, law and consulting firms; and
  • educational institutions and trade associations.

We will approve link requests from these organizations if we decide that: (a) the link would not make us look unfavorably to ourselves or to our accredited businesses; (b) the organization does not have any negative records with us; (c) the benefit to us from the visibility of the hyperlink compensates the absence of Buddy Web Design & Development; and (d) the link is in the context of general resource information.

These organizations may link to our home page so long as the link: (a) is not in any way deceptive; (b) does not falsely imply sponsorship, endorsement or approval of the linking party and its products or services; and (c) fits within the context of the linking party’s site.

If you are one of the organizations listed in paragraph 2 above and are interested in linking to our website, you must inform us by sending an e-mail to Buddy Web Design & Development. Please include your name, your organization name, contact information as well as the URL of your site, a list of any URLs from which you intend to link to our Website, and a list of the URLs on our site to which you would like to link. Wait 2-3 weeks for a response.

Approved organizations may hyperlink to our Website as follows:

  • By use of our corporate name; or
  • By use of the uniform resource locator being linked to; or
  • By use of any other description of our Website being linked to that makes sense within the context and format of content on the linking party’s site.

No use of Buddy Web Design & Development’s logo or other artwork will be allowed for linking absent a trademark license agreement.


Without prior approval and written permission, you may not create frames around our Webpages that alter in any way the visual presentation or appearance of our Website.

Content Liability

We shall not be hold responsible for any content that appears on your Website. You agree to protect and defend us against all claims that is rising on your Website. No link(s) should appear on any Website that may be interpreted as libelous, obscene or criminal, or which infringes, otherwise violates, or advocates the infringement or other violation of, any third party rights.

Reservation of Rights

We reserve the right to request that you remove all links or any particular link to our Website. You approve to immediately remove all links to our Website upon request. We also reserve the right to amen these terms and conditions and it’s linking policy at any time. By continuously linking to our Website, you agree to be bound to and follow these linking terms and conditions.

Removal of links from our website

If you find any link on our Website that is offensive for any reason, you are free to contact and inform us any moment. We will consider requests to remove links but we are not obligated to or so or to respond to you directly.

We do not ensure that the information on this website is correct, we do not warrant its completeness or accuracy; nor do we promise to ensure that the website remains available or that the material on the website is kept up to date.


To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, we exclude all representations, warranties and conditions relating to our website and the use of this website. Nothing in this disclaimer will:

  • limit or exclude our or your liability for death or personal injury;
  • limit or exclude our or your liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;
  • limit any of our or your liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or
  • exclude any of our or your liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law.

The limitations and prohibitions of liability set in this Section and elsewhere in this disclaimer: (a) are subject to the preceding paragraph; and (b) govern all liabilities arising under the disclaimer, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort and for breach of statutory duty.

As long as the website and the information and services on the website are provided free of charge, we will not be liable for any loss or damage of any nature.

Get Your Free Guide Now!

By submitting this form, you’ll receive an email to confirm we have the right address for you, and that you’d like to receive this free guide as well as periodic emails from Buddy. You may unsubscribe at any time.