How to Use Google Docs Offline

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Though Google Docs is primarily used for editing documents while you're connected to the internet, you can access the word processor when you're offline. Having local access allows you to work when you're in a dead zone such as a subway or any area where connectivity is sparse. Here are our step-by-step instructions for how to set up Google Docs's Offline Mode and how to access a document without a connection.

1. Open Google Docs and click on the Menu icon after logging into Google.

2. Select Settings.doffline2

3. Click Turn on.doffline3

4. Click Get the app.doffline4

5. Click Add to Chrome.doffline5

6. Click Add extension.doffline67. Click the Google Docs tab.doffline7

8. Click Enable Offline. Your docs will begin to download for offline use. Don't disconnect immediately, as it takes some time.


9. If you lose your internet connection, open Google Docs and click on one of your documents. We recommend you bookmark the page for convenience.



You're now using Google Docs offline. doffline10

How to Save a Google Doc for Offline Use in iOS and Android

Offline sync is also available for Google Docs on iOS and Android, but it requires you to turn the feature on for each doc while the device is online. The steps are the same for both Android and iOS.

1. Tap the three dots icon in either the document view or list view.  doc01 2883041462832377

2. Tap Available offline.doc02 2883041462832377

Now you can use a Google Doc offline in iOS or Android.doc03 2883041462832377

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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