How to Transfer Ownership of a Google Doc

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This Itechguide teaches you how to transfer ownership of a Google Doc. The guide covers steps to transfer ownership of a Google Doc from a PC (Docs.Google.com).

As at the time of writing this Itechguide, the option to transfer ownership of a Google Docs document is not available from the Apps. The option is only available when you access Google Docs from a PC.
Warning!
After transferring ownership of a Google Docs document, you will NO LONGER be able to: 1, Transfer ownership back to yourself. 2, Delete the file from Google Drive.

When you create a Google Docs document, you automatically become the “owner” of the file. But you can transfer this ownership to another person.

Here are the steps…

1
Share the Google Docs File with the New Owner

  • Open Docs.Google.com from a browser on your PC. Then, sign in with your Google Drive Account
How to Transfer Ownership of a Google Doc - Share the File with the New Owner
  • From Google Docs homepage, open the document you want to transfer to another user.
You can also open a Google Docs document from Google Drive. Better still, you may share the file directly from Google Drive.
  • When the document opens, on the top right of the document, click Share. Share with others pop up will open.
How to Transfer Ownership of a Google Doc - Share the File with the New Owner
  • Type the email address of the user you want to transfer file ownership to. Then, at the bottom left of the pop up, click Send.

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Transfer Ownership of a Google Doc Document to the New Owner

Transfer Ownership of a Google Doc Document

After sharing the document with the person, use the steps below to transfer ownership to the new owner.

  • On the top right of the document, click Share.
Transfer Ownership of a Google Doc Document
  • Then, at the bottom right of Share with others pop up window, click Advanced. The file’s Sharing settings will open.
  • Beside the person you shared the file with in the first section of this Itechguide, click the Edit drop-down. A set of options will be displayed.
  • From the displayed options, click Is the owner. The file ownership will move from you to the new owner.
  • Finally, to transfer ownership of a Google Doc, at the bottom left of Sharing settings, click Save changes.

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