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How to Transfer a Domain to Hostinger

Transferring your domain to Hostinger: requirements and steps

Updated over a week ago

Transferring your domain to Hostinger is a great solution to have all your services in one place! Follow the steps below 👇

Step 1 – Check-up Before You Start the Transfer

Before you initiate a domain transfer, make sure that:

  1. You have full ownership and control of the domain name you want to transfer to us

  2. The domain name is older than 60 days and is active (not suspended by the registry and not in the redemption period)

  3. The domain was not transferred between registrars within the last 60 days

  4. You have a valid EPP/Auth code from your current registrar. You might need to contact your registrar's support to receive the code

If you currently have DNSSEC enabled for your domain, we highly recommend disabling it before initiating the domain transfer to make sure everything goes smoothly 💡

Step 2 – Initiate the Transfer

To initiate the transfer, all you need to do is:

  1. Unlock your domain from the current registrar. You might need to contact your registrar's support to unlock the domain

  2. Open the Hostinger Transfer Domain page (or Transfer Domain if you already have a Hostinger account)

  3. Insert your domain name and click on Transfer

  4. Proceed with the payment

  5. Enter the EPP code

  6. Choose whether you want to keep your current nameservers or use Hostinger nameservers and initiate the transfer. You will also have the option to keep your current records if you choose Hostinger nameservers

Once you finish the order, the transfer process will be initiated. You will receive an email regarding the domain transfer. Make sure to confirm it!

NOTES

  • If your domain has a generic TLD such as .com, .net, etc., it will be renewed for one year after the transfer

  • Country-code TLDs, such as .uk, .es, com.br, etc., are not renewed as part of the transfer

What to Do If You Get an Error?

If you see an error message while ordering domain transfer, check the table below:

Error message

What to do?

Seems like this domain is available for registry. Would you like to register it?

The domain you inserted is currently not registered by anyone. Make sure to check the spelling, there might be a typo. Once the domain name is correct, you can proceed with the purchase

Domain is locked and cannot be transferred

The domain is still locked on the registrar's part. To unlock it, you might need to contact support for that.

If you unlocked your domain recently, it might take up to a couple of hours for the change to take place

Sorry, this top-level domain cannot be transferred to Hostinger at the moment

We currently don't support this TLD. No worries, you still can use this domain at Hostinger by pointing it to our servers

Should You Change Nameservers Before or After the Transfer?

Nameservers determine where your DNS Zone is managed from. During the transfer process, which usually takes up to 7 days, nameservers are locked and cannot be modified.

If you want to use your domain with a hosting plan at Hostinger, choose the option “Use Hostinger nameservers and DNS records” during the transfer process. This will provide you with the ability to host files, use emails, and see all the latest changes to your website hosted at Hostinger while the domain is still transferring.

If you are okay with the domain pointing elsewhere while the transfer is happening, choose to keep your current nameservers – you can update the nameservers after the transfer.

NOTES

  • To transfer a .uk domain, you need to ask your current domain's registrar to set your domain IPS tag to YOURSRS-NL after initiating the transfer

  • If you want to transfer the domain from one Hostinger account to another, you can easily move it

  • Alternatively, if you prefer keeping your domain on the current registrar, or it is not available for transfer, you can point your domain to Hostinger

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