On Google Docs, you can quickly transfer ownership of a file in a few steps. A new owner should accept the request. This transpiration of ownership of a document also transfers control of the document, including editing and sharing permission, to the new owner.
Note: the ownership of Google Docs is only Transferable if the new owner has a Google account.
Change ownership of Google document file on Desktop
#From File Menu
- Open Google Docs on your Desktop.
- Tap on the file in the toolbar.
- Hover on Share.
- Select share with others.
- Enter the Email Address of the recipient.
- Click on the Send button.
- Repeat steps from 2 to 4
- Click on the Down arrow next to the recipient’s name.
- Select Transfer Ownership.
- Tap on Send invitation
# Transfer ownership with Share Icon
- Go to Google Docs and open your desired file.
- Click on the Share icon in the top right corner.
- Enter recipient Email
- tap on Send
- Again, click on the Share button
- Next to the recipient’s name, click on the drop-down arrow.
- Choose Transfer Ownership
- Send Invitation
If someone is invited as the new owner by mistake, the cancellation can be done with a few steps.
Cancel a transfer of ownership.
Once a new owner accepts the invitation of your request, you can’t cancel the transfer. If not, follow these steps.
- Open File.
- Click on the Share button.
- Click on the arrow next to the recipient’s name.
- Select Cancel Transfer Ownership.
- Tap on Cancel Ownership.
The ownership transfer feature is available only on the Desktop. The step guide is here if it has been updated on the app.
If you are using a personal Google account, you can transfer the ownership to a person with a personal account. The acceptance of the invited person is required to complete the process. The new owner is notified by email, and if they accept the request, they become the document owner. If they decline the request, you remain the owner of the file.