By default, you are the owner of Files that you upload on Google Drive but one can easily hand the ownership of the file to any other users. Before you hand the ownership of the file to someone else, keep in mind that you won’t be able to reverse the process and won’t be able to share the file with anyone else. The new owner will have all the control of the file, he can even remove you from the list of people who can access it. So make sure you really want to give the ownership to another person.
Here is the list of Google Drive files whose ownership can be transferred from a personal account:
- Google Docs
- Google Slides
- Google Forms
- Google Sheets
- Google My Maps
- Google Drawings
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Transferring the Ownership of Google Drive File
Before you transfer the ownership of a file, make sure you have already shared the file with that user. Follow the guide to learn how to do it:
- Launch the browser and head over to Google Drive Homepage.
- Right-click on the file that you want to transfer the ownership of, and click on “Share”.
- If the file has not been shared with anyone, enter the e-mail address of the person you want to share the file with and click on send.
- Now click on the “Advanced” option given at the bottom right of the window.
- From the “Who has access” section, click on the drop-down menu given next to the username of the user with whom you have shared the file and select the “is owner” option.
- Next click on “Save changes” to transfer the ownership of the file.
- You will be asked for confirmation of your decision. Click on “Yes” if you really want to transfer the ownership of the file to the other user or click on “No” if you have changed your mind.
- If you have only transferred the ownership of the folder to the other user, the files inside the folder will not be transferred to him.
The new owner of the folder will receive the confirmation e-mail of the changes made.