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How do I change the owner of a shared folder?

If you're the owner of a shared folder, you can transfer ownership to another member by changing the folder's options on the Dropbox website. Once ownership is transferred, the new owner will be the only person who can unshare the folder or remove members. Please note that you must be the current owner of a shared folder to transfer ownership. By default, the original creator of a shared folder is the owner.

Dropbox Pro and Dropbox Business users: You can also set roles and permissions for members of your shared folders. Learn more about shared folder permissions.

Transfer ownership of a shared folder

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Select the Sharing tab from the sidebar on the left.
  3. Scroll to the Folders in your Dropbox section.
  4. Click the Share link to the right of the shared folder.
  5. Select make owner from the pull-down menu and confirm your choice.
    The pull-down menu containing the make owner option
    The make owner option

What do I do if an owner leaves a shared folder?

The owner is likely the person who originally invited you to the shared folder. If you don't see an owner for a shared folder, the owner may have already left it. If this happens you can contact the original owner and ask him or her to first add the folder back to their Dropbox, and then transfer ownership to you.

If this solution isn't feasible, you can create a new shared folder, drag the contents out of the old folder and into the new folder, and then re-invite members of the old shared folder to the new shared folder.

As an owner, can I re-add a shared folder and transfer ownership?

If you're the owner of a shared folder and leave it without transferring ownership, the shared folder will be without an owner. In that case, you can always add the shared folder back to your Dropbox and be reinstated as the owner. You can then transfer ownership of the folder.

Windows users: change an owner from the desktop app

Windows users can transfer ownership of a shared folder to another member of that shared folder using the Dropbox desktop app.

  1. Right-click the shared folder.
  2. Select Shared folder settings... from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click the permissions dropdown menu to the right of a member's email address.
  4. Select make owner.