Make someone else the owner of your file

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By default, you own any file you create in or upload to Google Drive.

You can transfer ownership of your Google files and folders to someone with a Google Account.

Tip: You can't transfer ownership of a Form at this time. 

Before you transfer ownership

You can only transfer ownership of Google files and folders.When you make someone else the owner of a folder, you still own the files inside. Learn more about sharing folders.

Note: If you transfer ownership of a lot of files and folders at once, it may take some time for you to see the changes.

Files you can transfer

  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides
  • Google Drawings
  • Google My Maps
  • Folders

Tip: When you transfer ownership of a folder it transfers only the selected folder and does not include the files inside.

After you change file owners

When you make someone else the owner of a file, you won’t be able to:

  • Transfer ownership, even back to yourself.
  • Permanently delete the file from Google Drive.

How to change owners

  1. Open the homescreen for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Click the file you want to transfer to someone else.
  3. Click Share or Share Share.
  4. To the right of a person you've already shared the file with, click the Down arrow Down arrow.
  5. Click Make owner.
  6. Click Done.

After you make someone else the owner of a file, you can edit the file unless the new owner decides to change your access.

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