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

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 in Google Drive

  1. On your computer, open Google Drive.
  2. Find the file you want to transfer then right-click.
  3. Click Share Share.
  4. Next to the recipients name, click the Down arrow Down arrow and then Transfer ownership and then Send invitation.
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Transfer file ownership within a file

To transfer file ownership in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides:

  1. On your computer, open a file.
  2. At the upper right corner, click Share.
  3. Next to the recipients name, click the Down arrow Down and then Transfer ownership.

Cancel a transfer

To cancel file ownership transfer in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides:

  1. On your computer, open a file.
  2. At the upper right corner, click Share.
  3. Next to the recipients name, click the Down arrow Down and then Cancel ownership transfer.

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 remain the file owner until the pending owner accepts your request. After the transfer, you can edit the file until your permissions change.
  • 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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