Point Domain to New Account with Droplet

Posted August 29, 2021 170 views

I set up an app on one account. My domain is now on that account, along with a records and mx records. I want the domain instead to point to a droplet on a different account. I found that dropping a domain that is already pointed to Digital Ocean and repointing to Digital Ocean does not clear out the old data for the domain. What is the process for pointing the domain to a new droplet on a different account? I want to be able to keep all the records and have them work on the new account.

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There are to ways of doing this:

  • If you want to keep the domain name under your first account, and only point it to the Droplet under your second account, what you could do is just change the A record and the MX records of your domain to the new Droplet’s IP address. It could take up to a few hours for the DNS to clear over the Globe before you could see the new records. You can take a look at this documentation page here on how to change your DNS records:

  • The second option is as you mentioned, you could delete your domain from your current account and re-add it to your new account. Then that way you will be able to manage your domain name DNS records via your new account directly. Note that it would also take up to a few hours for the DNS cache to clear over the Globe before you could see your new records

Hope that this helps!

  • Definitely the second option. I want to get rid of the app and add the domain to the new account.

    My concern is when I tried this with a test domain, I found no way to add the domain back into a different droplet. is told it cannot be added to a droplet. I looked it up, and it said I would have to make a request of Digital Ocean in order to add it back in. Seems like this would be a common occurrence.