By Kelsey / Last Updated December 29, 2020


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The Case: Google Drive “Is Owner” Option Missing

“I'm trying to change the owner of a video file in my Google drive, but it is not working. As you can see from the screenshot, the ‘Is Owner’ option is missing. Please help!”

Is Owner Missing

Why “Is Owner” Option Lost from Google Drive?

Google Drive as one of the most attractive cloud storage services provided by Google. It has a very convenient point, Google account owners and non-owners can be set to access and/or collaborate on files/folders in real-time. Additionally, you can find files you've shared not only by filename but by the person you've shared the files with.

However, many users think they have encountered a situation that “is owner” option missing on Google Drive. It is most likely caused by the following reasons:

  • The person who owns the file is the only user who can transfer ownership of the file. Perhaps you do not have the right to transfer ownership.

  • In Google Drive, the transfer of ownership is limited to documents, pictures, etc., but not to video files. The personal Gmail account can transfer the ownership about only folder and Google Docs/Sheets/Slides/Forms/Drawings and Google My Maps.

  • If your account is a G Suite account, you can only transfer ownership within the enterprise’s G Suite domain.

  • Temporary technical problems caused by network problems at the user end or bugs from Google Drive.

How to Solve “Is Owner” Missing on Google Drive?

If “Is Option” lost from Google Drive happens, here are four effective ways to solve it.

Solution 1. Check file ownership.

Perhaps you are not the person who owns the file, you can confirm the ownership of the file in the following ways.

Step 1. Open Google Drive.

Step 2. Right-click Folder.

Step 3. Click Share.

Step 4. Click Advanced and you will see the listing of user emails.

Step 5. The word "Is owner" will appear to the right of the owner’s email address.

User Emails Listing

Solution 2. Reset sharing.

Try to fix the error by re-sharing the file.

Step 1. Go into account A.

Step 2. Select the folder, right-click Share.

Step 3. Click Advanced and choose the user B to remove it.


Step 4. Save changes then re-share.

Save Changes

Solution 3. Check your domain name.

Confirm that the domain name of the account you want to transfer ownership to is @ type or @ account user. If your account is a G Suite Account then it is only possible to transfer ownership within the G Suite Domain for the business.

Gmail Domain Name

Solution 4. Using Google Drive alternative tool.

In fact, some of the above solutions can temporarily help you solve the problem, but it is inevitable that Google Drive will have problems again.

Therefore, if you are tired of dealing with such issues with Google Drive, you can use third-party cloud services (such as CBackupper) to back up and sync files to Google Drive. You can also use it to back up files among different Google Drive accounts (the number of accounts is not limited).

Follow the steps below to learn to use CBackupper to execute Google Drive.

Step 1. Go to CBackupper's homepage to create an account for free and Sign in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Authorize your Google Drive account, you can also add other accounts you want to sync files in the same way.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. When you want to perform a backup task, click Tasks at the top of the page and click Create Task.

Create Task

More about CBackupper

Schedule: After creating a backup task, you can set a schedule (if the frequency of use is high, I recommend that you set up daily backups). In this way, synchronization between two cloud storage accounts can also be achieved.


File Filter: The difference between using CBackupper and Google Drive Sharing is that CBackupper supports unlimited storage and file versions, but if you only need to back up certain files, the File Filter function is what you need.

File Filter

Restore: You can use CBackupper as an alternative to each authorized cloud storage to avoid any issue. When the hardware and server crash, the Restore function can quickly restore data through backup files.


Bonus Tip: Can You Change the Owner of a Google Drive Folder?

Google Drive allows the right to change certain types of files, the steps are as follows.

Step 1. Go to

Step 2. Choose the file or folder you want to transfer to another owner.

Step 3. Click the Share icon or click the More menu and select "Share..."

Step 4. If the new owner already has access, skip to Step 5. Otherwise, follow these steps:

  • Enter the email address of the new owner in the "Invite people" field.

  • Click Share & save.

Step 5. Click the drop-down menu to the right of the new owner's name, choose "Is owner."

Step 6. Click Save changes.

Things to consider before transferring ownership

As the owner of a file, you can have great control over it, but once you change the owner, your control changes. So, before you transfer ownership, know what you cannot do:

  • Remove collaborators.

  • Share with as many people as you like.

  • Change visibility options.

  • Allow your collaborators to change access privileges for others.

  • Permanently delete something from Google Drive. After it’s deleted, no one can access it, including those it was shared with.


Usually, Google Drive ''Is Owner" missing can be fixed according to the solutions mentioned above. However, it is inevitable that cloud backup services will encounter some problems, and repairing them is time-consuming and laborious. I strongly recommend that you use CBackupper as an alternative tool to back up and protect your data. In this way, you can also access and manage your files in case of problems.