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Make someone else the owner of your file

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.

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.

Files you can transfer

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

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. Find the file you want to transfer to someone else.
  3. Click Share or Share Add people.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. To the right of the person’s name, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  6. Click Is owner.
  7. Click Save changes.

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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