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I moved my website from one domain to another in the last days and now I want to submit these changes to the Google Webmaster Tools.

What does Step 3?

Check that verification methods are still present
This step ensures your new and old sites are properly verified before the > move, and will remain so afterwards.

The odd thing is that I don't get any error message. The little loading icon just doesn't stop.

My setup:

  • I have 4 different accounts in my Webmaster Tools this means 2x www and 2x non-www for each domain (old & new)
  • Preferred version is set up on both accounts to www
  • The rest is also identical like geographical settings or crawl delay (default)
  • Both sites are verified via TXT record, I double checked it via MXToolBox
  • Step 2, the 301 redirect test passes, everything okay along this line
  • No https involved
  • The redirect is handled via Clourflare (Page Rules)

So everything is set up correctly, the redirect works, the verification works etc. but I still can't pass Step 3. Any thoughts or questions about this? Highly appreciate your response!

  • If you have not set-up the new domain name as a property in Google Search Console, then you need to. When that is done, go through and verify it using verification code they provide. Then I believe your step 3 will work. Personally, I have not moved a domain via Search Console, so I cannot tell you from experience. I am just guessing based on what I believe is being said. Try it. Then let us know. Cheers!! – closetnoc Aug 22 '16 at 2:58
  • Thanks for your reply. I did this already what you are suggesting and I wrote it in my initial post :( – european_altruist Aug 22 '16 at 6:20
  • Delete your session cookies, or try a different browser. – Simon Hayter Aug 22 '16 at 8:28
  • I tried that too, no luck. – european_altruist Aug 22 '16 at 17:37
  • Might better in Google webmaster forums, if you haven't posted already. Some threads never get a helpful reply, but when I had issues verifying many sub domains in Search console, I get an offical reply. – Max Aug 28 '16 at 6:26
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This is a known issue in Chrome that has not been addressed after 2-3 years of being reported by users.

The workaround is simply to visit Google Webmaster Tools from another browser, such as Safari, and the change of address will go through immediately.

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