How to transfer ownership of a Google Doc to anyone with a Google account

You can transfer ownership of a Google Doc to anyone with a Google account.

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You can transfer ownership of a Google Doc to anyone with a Google account.
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  • You can easily transfer ownership of a Google Doc that you created whenever you no longer need ownership of it, but others do.
  • Transferring ownership of a Google Doc means you may still have access to the document, but not final rights to edit it, delete it, or choose who it’s shared with.
  • You can transfer ownership through the document’s Share menu.
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Google Docs is a great option for creating, editing, and sharing documents online with colleagues and friends.

The product also makes it easy to transfer ownership of your documents should you no longer want or need them. This is useful, for instance, when you’re leaving a company, or ending your role in a project.

Transferring ownership of your Google Doc is a simple and straightforward process. As long as the person you’re transferring ownership to has a Google account, you can complete the transfer in just a few minutes. Here’s how.

How to transfer ownership of a Google Doc

1. Go to the Google Docs homepage, and make sure you’re signed into the Google account that currently owns the document you want to transfer.

2. Open the file you want to transfer ownership of.

3. Once inside the document, click the “Share” button in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

4. Click “Advanced.”

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Open the “Advanced” sharing menu.
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5. If you haven’t already, invite other people to the document and wait for them to accept.

6. Next to the name of the person you’ve shared the document with that you want to become the owner, click the downward facing arrow.

7. Click on “Is owner.”

You can only set one person as the owner of the Google Doc.

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You can only set one person as the owner of the Google Doc.
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8. Click “Save changes.”

9. In the pop-up that appears, click “OK” to confirm your intention to transfer ownership.

Confirm that you want to give up ownership.

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Confirm that you want to give up ownership.
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