How to use Google Docs, Slides and Sheets in Offline mode

How to use Google Docs, Slides and Sheets in Offline mode

Mayank Sachdeva | 19 Aug 2020
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You can actually work on Google Docs, Slides and Sheets offline.

Here's a step-by-step instructional on how to use them in offline mode.

To set this up, you will need to be connected to the internet

Google Docs, Slides and Sheets pack many useful features. These include the document being available to you on any device, so long as you are logged in using your Google account and also lets you work on a document simultaneously with colleagues making it easy to work remotely. Working on your documents or spreadsheets on the go means you need to be connected to the internet in order to work on them. However, did you know that you can make your documents, slides and sheets available for offline use as well? Yes, this will let you work on them even when you don't have access to the internet. Just remember, in order to set this up, you will need access to the internet.  

Here’s how you use Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheet in offline mode:

On the Computer

  • Make sure you are connected to the internet at first.
  • Open Google Chrome on your computer.
  • Download and install the Google Docs Offline extension, which allows you to work on Google Docs, Slides and Sheets in offline mode. You can download the Chrome extension here
  • Once the extension is installed, open Google Docs, Slides or Sheets on your computer.
  • Click on the three-lined or ‘Hamburger’ icon in the top left of the screen
  • Click on ‘Settings’
  • Toggle ‘Create, open and edit your recent Google Docs files on this device while offline’ to ON.
  • Click on OK to continue

On Android and iOS

  • Make sure you are connected to the internet.
  • Open the Google Docs, Slides or Sheets app on your phone.
  • Click on the three-lined or ‘Hamburger’ icon in the top left of the screen
  • Click on ‘Settings’
  • Toggle ‘Create, open and edit your recent Google Docs files on this device while offline’ to ON.

How to make specific files available in offline mode

  • Open Google Docs, Slides or Sheets on your computer or your phone.
  • Click on the three dots of the file you wish to be made available in offline mode.
  • Toggle ‘Available Offline’ to ON.
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