Who is the owner of a shared folder?

Updated Feb 19, 2024
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The information in this article applies to all Dropbox users, unless otherwise stated.

The creator of a shared folder is automatically designated the owner unless the folder was created in someone else’s shared folder. 

Owners have extra administrative functions, such as the ability to: 

You can find out who the owner of a folder is by going to the folder's options.

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How to view a folder on Dropbox

  1. Log in to dropbox.com.
  2. Hover over the folder you’d like to determine the owner of and click the share icon (rectangle with arrow pointing up).
  3. Click Who can access
  1. Open the Dropbox folder in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  2. Right-click the folder you’d like to determine the owner of, then select Share… next to the Dropbox icon.
  3. Click Who can access.
  1. Open the Dropbox mobile app.
  2. Tap the “⁝” (vertical ellipsis on Android) or “…” (iOS) next to the folder you’d like to determine the owner of.
  3. Tap Manage access (Android) or Folder settings (iOS).
  4. Tap the area below [x] members.


This will show all members of the shared folder and specify who the owner is.

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Note: If you’re a member of a Dropbox team and don't see an owner listed, the folder is either owned by admins on your team, or by someone outside your team. Contact your admin to find out if the folder is admin-owned.

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