How to Transfer Ownership of a File or Folder in Google Drive

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Drive users

You can transfer ownership of a file or folder in Google Drive to someone else.

Limitations of transferring ownership of Google Drive files and folders

  • You can’t transfer ownership to a personal email address or any email outside your organization’s Google Workspace.

After you transfer ownership of Google Drive files and folders

  • After making someone else the owner, you retain edit rights over the file or folder, but the new owner can remove you if they wish.

How to transfer ownership of Google Drive files and folders step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Transfer Ownership Of A File Or Folder In Google Drive - Step 1

Go to Google Drive at and right-click a file or folder, then select Share.

Step 2

How To Transfer Ownership Of A File Or Folder In Google Drive - Step 2

Under Share with people and groups, you will see a list of everyone who has been granted access to the item(s) – in the image above, [email protected].

Click their access level button to the right of their name/email and select Make owner.

Step 3

How To Transfer Ownership Of A File Or Folder In Google Drive - Step 3

Click Yes to confirm that you’d like to transfer ownership.

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