How to Transfer Ownership of Google Drive Folder and Files
Using Google programs makes it easy to collaborate with friends and colleagues using the sharing feature. These documents have different levels of access for members with access, but the owner has the most control over them.
Luckily, if you own a file, you can use the sharing settings in Google Drive to easily transfer your ownership. In this article, you will find easy-to-follow steps for the Google Drive file ownership transfer process.
How do I transfer ownership of Google Drive folder and files?
There are two steps you need to take to transfer ownership of your files and folders. Initially, you must send a property invitation on your behalf. Then the recipient must accept the request on their part.
Step 1: Share Google Files
You can only transfer ownership of files and folders to users who already have Editor-level access to those files. For those without access, you must share the file or folder before sending the ownership invitation. The method to share your files and folders is mentioned below:
On the web browser
- Open Google Drive on your browser
- Navigate to the target file or folder.
- Right click on the file and click To share. Or, click the Share icon at the top of the page.
- Click the text box and enter the recipient’s email address.
- Click on the Access tab next to the email address to change access.
- Click on Send.
- Open Google Drive on your smartphone.
- Navigate to the target file or folder
- Click on the three dots next to the file name.
- Click on To share.
- Enter the recipient’s email address in the text box.
- Click on the Access tab to change the recipient’s access to the file.
- Click on the send icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
Step 2: Send Owner Invitation
The Transfer Ownership feature is only available for PC users. However, you can also use the desktop site feature on your Android devices. The method to send property invitation to other users is mentioned below.
On the desk
- Open Google Drive on your browser
- Navigate to the target file or folder and right-click on it.
- Click on To share or the Share icon at the top of the page.
- Click the access tab next to the account you want to transfer ownership to.
- Click on Transfer of ownership.
- Click on Send an invitation.
- Open Google Chrome on your phone.
- Type drive.google.com
- Click on the three dots in the lower right corner of the screen. (Top corner for Android)
- Scroll down and tap Request a desktop site.
When you open the desktop version of Drive on your phone, you can then transfer ownership of your files and folders. To do this, you can use the same steps mentioned earlier for a desktop.
You can’t transfer ownership of your files and folders in Drive if you’re using an iOS device. The desktop display method only applies to Android devices.
Step 3: Accept the invitation to become an owner
After receiving the ownership invitation, the recipient must accept the invitation to complete the process. Here are the steps to follow:
- Open Gmail on your browser or mobile app.
- Locate the mail with the forwarding invitation.
- Open the mail and click Accept.
The previous owner will receive a confirmation email when the transfer of ownership is complete. Likewise, this owner will now have the Editor file access. The new owner will be able to change access, transfer ownership, or remove access to the file as they see fit.
Can I find ownership of the file I transferred?
If you succeed in transferring ownership of the files to your disk, you cannot undo it. The new owner will have full access to the file. You will only get ownership if they transfer it using the method mentioned above. If you click the Share button on a Google Doc, you can see who owns the file.
If you have access to both accounts, you can follow the steps in this article to transfer ownership back and forth as you see fit.