Transferring Ownership of Files - OneDrive

Transferring ownership of folders in OneDrive involves adding a co-owner to the folder you wish to transfer, having that co-owner transfer the folder’s contents to a new location in their own OneDrive account, and then having the co-owner recreate any sharing permissions on that folder.

To Transfer Ownership in OneDrive:

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to your OneDrive file library.

  2. Right-click the name of the folder you wish to transfer.

  3. Click Details.

  4. Click the Manage Access link in the window that appears on the right.

  5. Click Grant Access.

  6. In Enter names or email addresses… field, search for the person to whom you want to assign permissions, then click on their name to select it.

  7. Leave the setting Can Edit.

  8. Optional: Enter a personal message explaining why you are sharing the folder.

  9. Click the + for Direct Access.

  10. The new editor will now see the folder in their own OneDrive file library under the Shared tab on the left-hand menu.

  11. Ask the new editor to download the contents of your folder and transfer those contents to a new folder that they create within their own OneDrive account.

  12. If you still need access to these files, ask the new editor to share their new folder with the same people who had access to your folder.