Domain Auto-Renewal

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Auto-renewal reduces the risk of a domain expiring by renewing the domain automatically within 30 days of expiration. When auto-renewal is turned on for a domain, we’ll attempt to renew it automatically prior to expiration. We’ll bill your credit card if the renewal is successful.

When does auto-renewal happen?

Auto-renewal usually occurs within 30 days prior to the domain’s expiration date. As such, this figure may vary from domain to domain.

You can enable auto-renewal when you first register a domain or any time after the domain has been registered. However, it cannot be turned on within 30 days of the expiration date.

Auto-renewals are processed automatically within the final 30 days of registration. Enabling auto-renewal a few days before expiration is not enough to ensure the domain is automatically renewed – increasing the risk of losing the domain. Likewise, if you want to let a domain expire but you turn off auto-renewal a few days before the expiration, the domain may already be auto-renewed and you can’t get a refund for it.

We deliver auto-renewal and expiration notices starting 2 months prior to the domain’s expiration date. Please update your auto-renewal preferences before it reaches the 30-days “zone”.

Enabling Auto-Renewal

Newly registered domains are set to auto-renew by default, but if you’ve turned off auto-renewal and want to re-enable it for your domain, follow these steps:

To enable auto-renewal for a domain
  1. Log in to DNSimple with your user credentials.
  2. If you have more than one account, select the relevant one.
  3. On the header click the tab, locate the relevant domain and click on the name to access the domain page.
  4. Check the checkbox on the “Registration” status card

    Auto-renewal checkbox

  5. Auto-renewal is now enabled on your domain.

Disabling auto-renewal

Some registries require that domains renew through auto-renewal. If you disable auto-renewal for a domain that requires auto-renewal to renew, you risk losing the domain.

If you want to turn off auto-renewal for a domain, follow these steps:

To disable auto-renewal for a domain
  1. Log in to DNSimple with your user credentials.
  2. If you have more than one account, select the relevant one.
  3. On the top-nav menu click the tab, locate the relevant domain and click on the name to access the domain
  4. Uncheck the checkbox on the registration status card

    Auto-renewal checkbox

  5. Auto-renewal is now disabled on your domain.