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Google Drive Launches New Feature To Access Files On ‘offline Mode’; Here’s How To Use



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  • Google Drive now supports offline mode.
  • The new update will allow users to open and read files, even when they are not connected to the internet.
  • A similar capability is already available in the Chrome OS Files app.

Google Drive will now allow users to access PDFs, Office files, and images in offline mode. Users can access all of their important Drive files while offline such as when they’re traveling or when there’s poor internet connectivity. Non-Google files such as PDFs, images, and Microsoft Office files will need to be opened using apps installed on your computer through Google Drive Web when offline.

ChromeOS users can now also use the easily accessible Files app on their Chromebook to select Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files to be available when offline. This streamlined access eliminates the need to open Google Drive or Google Docs to select files to make them available offline.

Google Drive: How to Enable Offline Mode?

  • To achieve the same, the Google Drive for the desktop app on Mac or Windows must be installed first.
  • Afterward, make sure “Offline” access is enabled in Drive settings (top-right corner gear icon) on the web.
  • Once that set-up process is complete, right-clicking on a supported file will show an “Available offline” toggle.
  • When you mark these files available offline, you can easily open these files from your browser even when you aren’t connected to the internet.
  • These non-Google files “can be opened using apps installed on your computer through Google Drive Web when offline”

Disable Google Drive offline

  1. In Chrome browser, go to
  2. Click the Settings icon in the top-right corner of your browser.
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Click the box next to “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline.”
  5. To disable offline access, uncheck the box.

The company has started rolling out the feature earlier this week for rapid-release domains. The scheduled release domain will get it starting on September 14th. In either case, it’ll take 15 days for Google Drive Web offline to reach all users.

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