There are plenty of reasons why people may want to transfer ownership in Google Docs. If you are the owner, you might want to pass along responsibility of a project to someone else in your organization. If you’re a Google Apps Admin, you probably want to have a process in place when employees leave the company.

On the end user side, transferring ownership of files in Google Drive is really easy and it only takes a few steps. It’s important to keep in mind that you can only transfer ownership to someone else inside your organization, not a Gmail or another Google Apps account.

On the administrative side, you need to have a process in place for transferring files when an employee leaves your organization. Using a third-party tool like BetterCloud will allow you to transfer files in bulk, making sure all files are accounted for.

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12 Comments on "How to Transfer Ownership of Google Drive Files"

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Mary Ann Rusnak
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Mary Ann Rusnak

Video on transferring doc ownership was very helpful. Thank you!

Julie
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As an international teacher, I would love to be able to “bring my files” with me from school to school. However, once a doc is created in Google Apps for Education, you cannot change ownership to a person outside of the domain. I realize that I can download and re-upload to my personal Google Account, but it would be a lot easier to change permissions like the above video. Any plans to change this?

Dan
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Dan

There is no “Is Owner” option. Perhaps this was removed.

stuart amos
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stuart amos

We have noticed when the files are transferred to another user the files are copied into their my drive folder. Is this normal or a bug? We would like the file location to stay the same but simply transfer owner. This allows us to keep an eye on storage in one place rather than have it spread over a number of users.

stuart amos
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stuart amos
Sorry im not sure what you mean. We have been deleting them from the My Drive folder so they only remain in the original location. Is this going to cause problems? We need to upload files from individual user computers then transfer ownership to the admin user say once a week. When this is done the files are copied so they are then in two places. The original location that everyone can see within the file structure and another copy within the admin My Drive folder. This isnt a major problem but its just another job to delete them out.… Read more »
David
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David

Hi, I can’t transfer ownership of files I uploaded in a shared folder. The shared folder is owned by the person I would like to transfer the rights too, but the option to make him the owner never appears. How would I go about making him the owner?

Liam
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Liam

Is their a way to transfer all documents inside of a folder to someone? They already own the folder but I own the documents.

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