I'm helping my daughter with her project and started an example of how to create a table using Google Sheets, which I shared with her. She continued on with it but now I want to remove it from my Google Drive and let her have it permanently.

Is there a built-in way to do that?

Something like I release my ownership to her and then I remove the file entry in my Drive but she now owns the file?

Or does she have to download the file and upload it to her account to make it permanently hers?


I can't transfer ownership, but if the file is shared and I remove the file from my Drive, on the other user's "Drive", they will get a message stating the owner deleted the shared file, it will soon be gone and to make a copy. A button to copy is provided.

If you are on the same domain, the information at the link works fine. I tested that.

  • See Transfer file ownership - Google Drive Help
    – Rubén
    Feb 28, 2016 at 19:56
  • Please take the tour and checkout How to Ask. I'm downvoting this question for now as the current version doesn't show a research effort like looking looking for the answer in the at the help articles of the related web app..
    – Rubén
    Feb 28, 2016 at 19:59
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    By the way, could be helpful that you edit your question and mention that you and your daughter are using accounts with different domains.
    – Rubén
    Feb 29, 2016 at 1:46
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    Because when users posts questions in this site looking for free help they agree that their post will not be only helpful by themselves but by others too. Editing your question could make it a unique case rather than a duplicate of the other question.
    – Rubén
    Feb 29, 2016 at 1:53
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    Possible duplicate of Transferring files across from restricted Google Drive account
    – palswim
    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:19

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Google does not like to transfer ownership between domains. Without domains or within the same domain you could transfer without issue.

You can publish the document and append /copy to the shared file URL that will prompt the user to copy it to their drive regardless of domain.

So a URL like https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Lrq5sbr-Q_8TFky81OSMFgTO1OnQ8bbN1G05m0q3dVQ/

becomes https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Lrq5sbr-Q_8TFky81OSMFgTO1OnQ8bbN1G05m0q3dVQ/copy

  • When I do the initial share, I see (advanced dialog) a URL like this: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/…, So after sharing, I would have to send that URL replacing the "edit...." part with "copy"?
    – Jim
    Mar 1, 2016 at 15:51
  • Yeah- I think https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yykVarc75xJipg72AgF-FWhjbPDX1qKB1Z_CXsntbXc/copy would do it. Mar 1, 2016 at 16:56

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