How to Access Google Drive Files Offline on a Desktop or Mobile Device?

For a few years, Cloud services have been relatively mainstream for all our productivity and organization needs. If there is any drawback to using cloud-based services, it is that if you can’t get an Internet connection, you are basically out of luck – You have lots of important files and documents saved on Google Drive, but you could find yourself unable to access them.

Thankfully, the engineers at Google have thought of a way around this problem and created a solution which will enable you to use their Drive files even while offline – If you aren’t connected to the Internet, you can still create, view, and edit files on Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.

Access Google Drive Files Offline on PC:

Before you work offline, of course, you need to set up a few things in advance.

  • If you are using a desktop or a laptop, you need to be using the Google Chrome browser if you want to access files offline.
  • First, head to the Chrome Web Store and download the ‘Google Docs Offline’ chrome extension.
  • Next, open your Google Drive account and go to Settings > Offline.
  • Then mark the checkbox next to ‘Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline.’
  • The feature will take a few moments to activate.
  • Make sure you have enough free space on your device to save your files.

Access Google Drive Files Offline on Mobile:

The process to set up offline access on a mobile device is slightly more straightforward, because you don’t need to download an extension.

  • Go to ‘Google Drive’ app and locate the file you want to access.
  • Tap the three vertical dots alongside the file name, then turn on the toggle next to ‘Available Offline.’

  • To see the files you have made available for offline access, tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner and select ‘Offline.’

This post was last modified on March 8, 2018 6:55 pm