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.

If you use a personal Google Account:

  • You can invite another person with a personal Google Account to take ownership of your files and folders.
  • You can’t invite another person with a work or school account to take ownership of your files or folders.
  • The person you invite to own the file or folder must accept your request to complete the transfer.

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.

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

After you transfer ownership

When you send an ownership transfer request:

  • The pending owner is notified by email that if they accept the transfer request, they become the file owner. Until then, you remain the owner.
  • The pending owner is upgraded to an Editor, unless they’re already an Editor.
  • If the pending owner accepts, you’re downgraded to Editor. The new owner can remove you.
  • If the pending owner declines, you remain the owner.

Change owners

  1. Open Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides.
  2. Click the file you want to transfer to someone else and then Share or Share Share.
  3. To the right of a person you've already shared the file with, click the Down arrow Down arrow.
  4. Click Transfer ownership and then Send invitation.

Tip: To cancel the ownership transfer request, next to the person you shared the file with, click the Down arrow Down and thenCancel ownership transfer. When you click the Down arrow Down, you can change each participant's permissions.

You remain the file owner until the pending owner accepts your invitation. After the pending owner accepts your invitation, you can edit the file until the new owner changes your access.

Accept or decline an ownership transfer request

You get an email when someone requests a file transfer. You can accept or decline the invitation. You can also search in Drive for files pending a response to an ownership transfer request.

  1. Open Google Drive.
  2. In the search bar at the top, enter pendingowner:me.
  3. Right click the file or files you want to respond to.
  4. Click Share Share and then Accept ownership? and then Accept or Decline.

Important:

  • You can’t transfer a file from your personal Google account to someone with a work or school account.
  • If you send an ownership transfer request to a personal account and that account becomes a work or school account, the pending owner can’t accept the request.
  • If you send an ownership transfer request and your personal account becomes a work or school account, the pending owner can’t accept the request.
  • You can cancel the request.
  • The pending owner can decline the request.

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