By default, you own any file you create in or upload to Google Drive My Drive. You can, however, transfer ownership of your Google files and folders to someone else at Lafayette should you change positions or leave the College.

Files that can be transferred

  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides
  • Google Forms
  • Folders

Note: When you transfer ownership of a folder to another person, you continue to own the files inside.

After you transfer ownership to another, you will no longer be able to transfer ownership to another person or permanently delete the file from Google Drive.

Change Ownership of a File or Folder

Ownership can only be transferred to someone the file/folder has already been shared with so that should be done before completing the following steps:

  1. Click on the file/folder
  2. Click Share, then click Advanced
  3. To the right of a person you’ve already shared the file with, click the Down arrow
  4. Click Is owner 
  5. Click Save changes

After ownership has been changed, you can continue to edit and access the file unless the new owner decides to change your level of access.