How to Transfer Your Domain to Your Shopify Store

How to Transfer Your Domain to Your Shopify Store

Transferring your domain to Shopify allows you to manage your domain settings directly from your Shopify admin. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to transfer your domain to your Shopify store:

How to Transfer Your Domain to Your Shopify Store

Step 1: Verify Domain Eligibility

  1. Ensure Your Domain is Eligible:
    • Check that your domain is eligible for transfer. Some domains have restrictions or may be locked.
    • Verify that your domain is older than 60 days and is not set to expire within the next 60 days.

Step 2: Prepare Your Domain for Transfer

  1. Unlock Your Domain:

    • Log in to your domain registrar account (e.g., GoDaddy, Namecheap, Bluehost).
    • Navigate to the domain management area.
    • Find your domain and unlock it, if it’s locked. This setting is usually labelled as “Domain Lock” or similar.
  2. Obtain the Authorisation Code:

    • Also known as the EPP code or transfer key.
    • Request the authorisation code from your current domain registrar. It may be sent to your registered email address or available directly in your domain management panel.

Step 3: Initiate the Transfer in Shopify

  1. Access Shopify Admin:

    • Log in to your Shopify account.
    • Go to your Shopify admin dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Domains:

    • Click on "Settings" at the bottom left of the dashboard.
    • Select "Domains" from the settings menu.
  3. Start the Transfer Process:

    • Click on "Transfer domain" and then "Transfer your domain."
  4. Enter Your Domain:

    • Type in the domain you want to transfer and click "Next."
  5. Enter the Authorisation Code:

    • Provide the authorisation code (EPP code) you obtained from your current registrar.
    • Click "Next" to proceed.

Step 4: Verify and Complete the Transfer

  1. Confirm Contact Details:

    • Review and confirm your contact information.
    • Ensure your email address is correct, as Shopify will send you important notifications regarding the transfer.
  2. Verify Domain Ownership:

    • You may receive an email from your current domain registrar asking you to approve the transfer.
    • Follow the instructions in the email to approve the transfer.
  3. Pay the Transfer Fee:

    • Shopify charges a fee for domain transfers, which usually includes one year of domain registration.
    • Complete the payment process.

Step 5: Wait for the Transfer to Complete

  1. Transfer Processing Time:

    • The transfer process can take up to 7 days to complete, although it often happens sooner.
    • During this period, your domain should remain active and accessible.
  2. Check Transfer Status:

    • You can monitor the status of your domain transfer from the "Domains" section in your Shopify admin.

Step 6: Configure Your Domain in Shopify

  1. Set Primary Domain:

    • Once the transfer is complete, set your newly transferred domain as the primary domain.
    • Go to "Online Store" > "Domains" in Shopify admin.
    • Click "Set as primary" next to your domain.
  2. Set Up Email Forwarding (Optional):

    • If you were using email with your domain, you might need to set up email forwarding again.
    • You can configure email forwarding through Shopify or use a third-party email hosting service.


Transferring your domain to Shopify simplifies your management tasks by consolidating everything into your Shopify admin. By following these steps, you can ensure a smooth transition of your domain to Shopify, helping you maintain a professional and seamless online presence. If you encounter any issues during the transfer, Shopify’s support team is available to assist you.