I have a folder with thousands of files in Google Drive. Now I want to move this folder to another user's Google Drive. First I changed the owner of the root folder but that didn't apply to the files in that folder (very confusing). Now I select a bunch of files, click the share-button and then "Transfer ownership" and finally opens the receiving account where I accept the transfer of ownership.

I have been doing this for a week because after a while I get an error message that I have exceeded my sharing quota.

What is weird is that the number of files I can transfer per day varies a lot:

  • nov 12 999
  • nov 13 800
  • nov 14 748
  • nov 15 387
  • nov 16 481

What is going on here? What is the limit for how many files you share/transfer ownership of per day? Is there a workaround (e.g., something in the "app store) that allows me to transfer all files in one go?

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Other options for changing ownership of Google Drive files:

The method of cross-domain transfer with preserving file IDs using Google Shared Drives is well described here.


  1. Setup Google Shared Drive.
  2. Neutralize files' ownership in the Shared Drive.
  3. Assign new ownership.

If you do not have access to Google Workspace (former G Suite), you can take advantage of ready-made solutions available in the Google Workspace Marketplace and also available here as a web application.

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