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Locking and Unlocking Your Domain Names

Date Submitted: 10/2/15

We automatically keep your domain names locked at the registry level to keep them secure. Locked domain names cannot be transferred to another registrar or account. When you make changes to a domain name's settings, such as updating nameservers or contact information, we automatically unlock and re-lock the domain name.

To transfer your domain name, you must manually unlock it. For more information, see Transferring Domain Names to Another Registrar. Allow up to 15 minutes for the change to complete.

To Lock or Unlock an Active Domain Name

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Manage.

Which procedure you'll use depends on the number of domains in your account:

6 Domains or Fewer

If your control panel doesn't look like the following example, go to the More than 6 Domains section of this article:

  1. Select the domain name you want to use, click Text Icon (Settings) and select Domain Details.
  2. Under Lock, click Manage.
  3. Select On or Off, then click Save.

More than 6 Domains (i.e. 7 or More)

  1. Under the Lock column, click Edit.
  2. Click On or Off, and then click Save.

To Unlock an Expired Domain Name

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Manage.
  3. From the Domains tab in the upper left, select Expired Domains.
  4. Select the domain names you want to unlock.
  5. Under the Lock column, click Edit.
  6. Click On or Off, and then click Save.

NOTE: For your security, we automatically lock domain names 30 days after unlocking.

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