Let’s imagine for a moment that you might be going on a trip or to a presentation and you’re not sure about the quality or availability of Internet access.
If you’ll need to access Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, this isn’t an issue.
You can turn on Offline Mode for individual documents and you’ll be able to access them even if you’re not connected to the Internet.
This feature can be a LIFE SAVER. Here’s how to do it, direct from the Google:
If you aren’t connected to the internet, you can still create, view, and edit files on:
Use Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides offline
You can save the most recently opened documents on your computer.
Before you turn on offline access
- You must be connected to the internet.
- You must use the Google Chrome browser.
- Don’t use private browsing.
- Install and turn on Google Docs Offline Chrome extension.
- Make sure you have enough available space on your device to save your files.
How to turn on offline access
- On your computer, open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screen.
Note: If you want to use offline access for another Google Account, make sure you’re signed in to the right Chrome profile. Learn how to switch Chrome profiles.
- At the top left, click Main menu Settings.
- Turn on Offline.
Note: If you turn on offline access for Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drive, then the rest will also be available offline.
- Open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides in your Chrome browser to work offline.
Turn off offline access
Make specific files available offline
If you have enough storage, some of your most recent files will be automatically saved offline. To manually select files to save offline:
- Follow the steps above to turn on offline access in Google Drive.
- Open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screen.
- On the file you want to use offline, click More .
- Click Available offline. A check mark will appear in the bottom left corner to show that the file is available offline.
Tip: You can also make a file available offline by opening a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation, and clicking File >Make available offline.