How to change the owner of a shared folder

By default, you’re the owner of any new shared folders you create. However, you can transfer ownership to another member of the folder if you’d like.

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To change the owner of a shared folder on dropbox.com:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click the Files tab.
  3. Navigate to the shared folder you want to transfer ownership of.
  4. Hover over the folder and click Share.
  5. Click the dropdown menu next to the member you want to transfer ownership to.
  6. Select Make owner and confirm your choice.

To change the owner of a shared folder using the Dropbox desktop app:

  1. Right-click the shared folder.
  2. Click Share…
  3. Click the dropdown menu next to the member you want to transfer ownership to.
  4. Select Make owner and confirm your choice.

Note: Once ownership is transferred, the new owner will be the only one who can remove members or unshare the folder.

What to do if a shared folder has no owner

If the owner of a shared folder leaves without transferring ownership, the shared folder will be without an owner. If this is the case, you have two options of getting ownership:

  • If you know who the original owner was, you can contact him or her and have them add the folder back to their Dropbox account, then transfer ownership to you.
  • If you don’t know who the original owner was or you’re unable to contact them, you’ll have to copy the files into a new folder and re-invite members.
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