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Prepare Your gTLD Domain for Transfer to 1&1

Learn how to prepare your domain for a transfer from your current provider or registrar to 1&1.

It's as easy as:

Step 1
Check Your Domain’s Registered E-mail Addresses

Verify with your current domain provider that the Registrant (Reg-C) and/or Administrator (Admin-C) e-mail addresses are up to date. We will send an FOA (Form of Authorisation) e-mail to those addresses to authorise the domain transfer.
Please note:
If you make any changes to the Registrant (Reg-C) name, organisation name, or e-mail address, ICANN regulations require a 60-day waiting period before you can transfer your domain to another registrar. If you plan to transfer the domain name to a different registrar within 60 days, you are advised to finish the transfer before changing the registrant to avoid triggering the 60-day lock.

Alternatively, you can simply change the Administrator (Admin-C) e-mail address since this will not trigger the lock.
Step 2
Disable the Domain Transfer Lock and Whois Privacy

Disable the domain transfer lock and Whois Privacy (if applied) with your current provider.
Step 3
Check the 60-Day Waiting Period

Make sure that your domain has been registered and has not completed another transfer for at least 60 days with your current provider. If not, your domain cannot be transferred to another registrar due to ICANN’s transfer policy.
Step 4
Request the Authorisation Code

Request your authorisation code (Auth Code or EPP Code) from your current provider. Some providers may require you to cancel your domain in advance before you receive the authorisation code.
Prepare Your Data and E-mail Accounts for the Transfer

Create a backup of your webspace. Use an FTP client to copy all folders and files from your webspace to your PC/Mac or other method of storage. Create a backup of your databases. It is also advisable to create a list of all important e-mail addresses and forwards for recreation after the transfer (unless you will continue to use e-mail services with your previous provider).

Back Up Your E-mails

Before a domain transfer, you should back up all important e-mails, contacts, calendars, and tasks. Once your domain is successfully transferred, you can set up a new mailbox and import your backed up data.