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How to Transfer Ownership of a Google Sheet

Sometimes when working in Google Sheets you may want to change the ownership of your spreadsheet.

It is possible to change the owner of all the files in your google drive. Whether you want to transfer ownership of a Google Doc, folder, or Google Sheet. The process for transferring to a new owner is pretty much the same regardless of which kind of file it is.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to transfer ownership in Google Sheets.

How to Transfer Ownership

Before I show you how to change the ownership, there are a few rules about changing the owner of Google files that you should know:

  1. You can change the ownership of Google files and folders to anyone with a Google Account
  2. You cannot change the ownership of a Form currently
  3. When you transfer ownership of Google files and folders, you can transfer ownership of the folder, but you will still own the files inside

Now that we have learned some of the basic rules of changing ownership, let’s take a look at how this is done with a Google Sheet.

Here is how this is done:

1. Open up your spreadsheet, and in the top menu select File>Share

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2. Type the email address of the person you want to make the owner of the file

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3. You can type a message, but this is optional. Select Send

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4. Go back into the top menu and select File>Share again. From here you can click on the drop-down next to the email address to edit each user’s access privileges. Select the Make owner option.

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You have now made another user the owner of your spreadsheet

Closing Thoughts

Changing the owner of a Google file is very simple. All you have to do is first give another user access and then change the file to them as being the owner.

Just be cautious about doing this because you will no longer be the owner after you make this change. That means the new user can block access from you if they want to.

More Google Sheets Tutorials:
How to Change Edit Access
How to Share Only One Tab