How to use Google Drive offline on PC & Mobile.

If you aren't connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network, you can still view and edit files. Now, Google Drive to be able to take the service offline, and access and edit your files even without an Internet connection.

Google Drive Offline problems

  • Sync Issues : Remember that when you edit a document offline, the changes won’t be immediately available in another browser, or to another user. If you sync your offline edits after the document has been edited elsewhere, the two versions of the file will be merged. → Let any collaborators know when you take a file offline, so they know not to work on it themselves.
  • Offline Spreadsheet Compatibility : Spreadsheets created in Google Sheets before December 2013 cannot be edited, and only accessed in read-only mode → Copy and paste the content into a new document if you need to edit an older spreadsheet.

You need the Google Chrome browser to be able to access Google Drive offline on the desktop. It's available in Windows, Mac & Linux and same working in earch platform.

STEP 1 : Make sure your Chrome Browser is intalled Drive Chrome web app. It is default option when you install google chrome.

STEP 2 : Active offline mode in Google Drive

  • Go to  drive.google.com and log into your account. 
  • Settings → General → Check the Sync Google Docs... on Offline section.
  • Click `Done`

    google drive settings

    enable google drive offline mode


When you are offline, open Google Drive or Google Docs in your browser by going to the same URL that you use in online mode. All of your files will be listed as usual, but the ones that aren’t available offline will be grayed out.

You can also create new documents when working offline. These will be uploaded to your account the next time you are online.

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