Domain auto-renewal

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The auto-renewal service 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, and we’ll bill your credit card if the renewal is successful.

When does the auto-renewal happen?

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

You may 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. For this reason, enabling auto-renewal a few days before expiration is not enough to ensure the domain is automatically renewed; increasing the risk that you lose the domain. Likewise, if want to let a domain expire but you turn off auto-renewal just a few days before the expiration, the domain may already be auto-renewed and you will not be able to 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”.

Enable Auto-Renewal

By default, newly registered domains are set to auto-renew, but if you have turned off auto-renewal and would like to re-enable it for your domain, you should follow these steps.

To enable auto-renewal for a domain
  1. Log into DNSimple with your user credentials.
  2. Click on your avatar on the top-right, and on the drop-down menu select the account.
  3. On the top-nav menu 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!

Disable auto-renewal

Keep in mind that some registries require that domains renew through auto-renewal. If you disable auto-renewal for a domain that requires auto-renewal to renew, then you risk losing the domain.

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

To disable auto-renewal for a domain
  1. Log into DNSimple with your user credentials.
  2. Click on your avatar on the top-right, and on the drop-down menu select the account.
  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!