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Transferring a 1&1 IONOS domain to Squarespace

If you have a domain with 1&1 IONOS, you can transfer it to Squarespace by following this guide. When you transfer your domain, you can manage all of your domain settings and billing from your Squarespace account.

Before you begin the transfer, consider reviewing:

Note: 1&1 IONOS recommends starting your domain transfer at least one month before the domain expires to allow enough time to complete the process.

Step 1 - Log into 1&1 IONOS

Go to 1&1 IONOS and log into your account to prepare your domain for transfer.

Note: If you have US and CA control panels, you may need to select the relevant package for your domain first.

If logging in doesn't automatically bring you to the Domains & SSL page, choose this option from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Click the domain you'd like to transfer. 


Step 2 - Verify domain contact information

Under Privacy & Contact Details, confirm that all the information listed under Administrative Contact (Admin-C) is correct. All communications regarding the transfer will be sent to this email address.

Note: To ensure a smooth transition, the person listed as the Administrative Contact (Admin-C) should handle the transfer. 

To edit this information, scroll down to 1&1 IONOS Domain Contact Details and click Edit Admin-C. If you change any contact details, you'll receive a verification email to confirm the update. Click the link in the email to ensure all information is updated. See 1&1 IONOS' documentation for more details.


Step 3 - Unlock your domain

Click the Registration & Transfer tab. Next to Activate domain transfer lock, toggle off the lock. When it's unlocked, it will be gray instead of blue.


Step 4 - Get authorization code

Next to Change provider, click Show Authorization Code. Your authorization code will appear in a pop-up. You’ll enter this code later, so copy and paste it in a safe place before continuing.


Step 5 - Start the transfer in Squarespace

Begin the transfer process in your Squarespace site’s Domains panel.

  1. Confirm that you’re logged into the correct Squarespace site.
  2. In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Domains.
  3. Click Use a domain I own.
  4. Enter the full domain name you’re transferring in the Domain Name box, and then click Continue.


  1. Click Transfer to Squarespace.


A window will open, reminding you of the transfer requirements. Review the information and ensure that you've already taken all required steps.

If you see an error message at this point, ensure that your domain meets all of our transfer requirements. If it does, contact 1&1 IONOS to investigate.

Step 6 - Prepare domain and authorize transfer

In the next window, you’ll confirm that you’ve unlocked your domain and you’ll enter your authorization code.

The Unlock Domain option should display a green check mark, which allows the domain to be transferred. If it displays a red ! instead, contact 1&1 IONOS for help, then click Refresh to try again.

Next, in the field under Enter Authorization Code, add the authorization code from 1&1 IONOS.

Tip: The authorization code is a unique string of letters, numbers, and other characters. Because it can be a complex code, we recommend copying and pasting it instead of typing it.

When both options look correct, click Continue.


Step 7 - Review DNS settings

In the next window, confirm the DNS records to move to Squarespace. To minimize any downtime, we recommend keeping them all toggled to ON. Any options toggled to OFF must be managed manually.

  • Point to Squarespace - Change CNAME and A records to point the domain to Squarespace.
  • Keep Other DNS Records - Keep other DNS records intact, like MX records for email. Click View records to review the current DNS settings.
  • Move Nameservers to Squarespace - Move the domain's nameservers to Squarespace. If you toggle this option off, it’s not possible to move DNS records to Squarespace.

If all settings look correct, click Continue.


Step 8 - Review and confirm registration details

In the next window, confirm the domain’s registration details. Ensure that the address shown in the Email Address field is correct, as this is how we’ll notify you that your transfer is complete.

These fields automatically populate with information we detect from your WHOIS records with your original registrar. For help formatting these fields, visit Domain contact information.

When everything looks correct and all required fields are complete, click Continue. If you’ve added any new data, your WHOIS records will update when your transfer is complete. This won't disrupt the transfer process, but will ensure all contact records are correct when they move to Squarespace.

Step 9 - Confirm registration terms and billing

Note: If your site is on a trial, you'll be prompted to enter your payment information before this step.

By transferring your domain to Squarespace, you’ll be charged for one additional year of domain registration with Squarespace. Pricing is based on your domain’s TLD, and may be free if you’re eligible.

To confirm the transfer:

  1. Confirm the credit card on file.
  2. Confirm the total charge for one year of domain registration.
  3. Review the terms in the white box, including your domain’s new expiration date.
  4. If everything looks correct, click Transfer.

If your payment is successful, you’ll see a purchase receipt. Click Continue to return to your Domains panel.


Step 10 - Accept the transfer from 1&1 IONOS

After you've entered your authorization code, 1&1 IONOS sends an email to the domain administrator with a link to approve or deny the transfer. If you don't click the link, 1&1 IONOS will automatically approve the transfer on the date noted in their email.

Step 11 - Wait for the transfer to complete

Congratulations, you’ve set up the domain to transfer!

Your previous provider should release the domain to Squarespace. If your domain transfer is still pending after 15 days, and you’ve correctly followed all steps above, contact 1&1 IONOS for more details. This timing is out of Squarespace’s control.

While your transfer is in progress, we don't recommend changing your DNS settings or adding a G Suite email account. Wait until your domain is fully transferred before adding any new integrations.

When the domain is fully transferred, you'll receive a "Thank you" email from, and the domain will appear in the Domains panel with a green label.

Next steps

After the domain transfer is complete, you can: 

Cancel or remove the transfer

If you already confirmed the transfer in Squarespace, you may still be able to cancel it. If your Domains panel still lists the domain as Transfer In Progress, ask 1&1 IONOS to deny it. This may or may not be possible, and depends on whether the current provider has already approved and released the domain.

If the transfer failed and you need to try again, you can remove the current transfer before starting over. While this step isn't necessary, you may find it easier to keep track of pending transfers.

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Domains.
  2. Click the domain under Transfers In Progress.
  3. In the Transfer Failed box, click Done.

You may need to refresh your browser for the failed domain to disappear.

Troubleshooting failed transfers

If your domain fails to transfer, you’ll get an email from Squarespace. This can happen if you entered wrong information in the registration field, entered the authorization code incorrectly, or for other reasons. For a full list of scenarios, see our FAQ.


Getting more help

For more help with transferring from 1&1 IONOS, contact their support team at (866) 991-2631. You can also visit their documentation.

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