How to Change the Ownership of a Folder in Google Drive

You can use the web version of Google Drive to transfer the ownership of a folder. Keep in mind that when you make someone the owner of a folder, you remain the owner of the files inside it. In this guide, we will talk about how to change the ownership of a folder in Google Drive.

Step 1: Share the folder

Before you make someone the owner of a folder in Google Drive, you need to share that folder with them. Follow these steps:

How to change the ownership of a folder in Google Drive
Share the file/folder from the context menu options.
  1. Go to Google Drive.
  2. Right-click the folder you want to transfer ownership of.
  3. From the drop-down menu, click Share.
  4. Enter the other person’s email and click Send.

Step 2: Transfer ownership

Now that you’ve shared the folder, you can transfer its ownership by following these steps:

Transfer Ownership
Transfer the folder ownership from the “share” option in the context menu.
  1. Again right-click the folder and click Share from the drop-down menu.
  2. Here you will see the name of the person the folder is shared with. Click their access and select Transfer ownership.
  3. A pop-up window will open. Click Send Invitation
  4. Finally, click Done.

The person whose email you entered can become the new owner of the selected folder by accepting the invitation sent to their email.

Phoebe is an HR assistant in her day job, but is also a web blogger that loves writing guides and sharing her experiences. When she is not out with her friends, she enjoys traveling or binge-watching Netflix. She graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Utah, and is a chief editor at TechObservatory.

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