Can I access my Google Drive files and folders when I'm not online?

Yes, Google Drive has a feature called "Offline Docs" that allows you to view, edit, and move files in Google Drive when you are without Internet access. Note that you must use the Chrome browser to use Offline Docs.

Files Available With Offline Access

Not all files in Google Drive are available with Offline Docs. For example, Google Spreadsheets can be viewed, but not edited. The following types of files can be viewed and edited offline:

  • Google Documents
  • Google Presentations

These files can be viewed and edited in their respective applications on your computer, and any saved changes will sync next time you're online:

  • Microsoft Office files
  • PDFs
  • Images 

How to Set up Offline Access

  1.  With your Google Drive open in a browser, click More on the left side of the page.more.png
  2. Choose the Offline option.
  3. Next, you will see two options (one of which will be greyed out). Click the blue button that says Enable Offline.
  4. After a second or two, the second option will become available. When it does, click Get the app.
  5. At this point you'll be automatically directed to the Chrome Web Store. Click Add to Chrome in the upper-right to install the app. A dialog box will ask you to Add "Google Drive"? Click Add.
  6. Once the app is installed, you'll be taken to a page with the Google Drive app icon. To return to Drive, click the Google Drive icon.

At this point Google Drive will begin syncing eligible documents for viewing offline. You can view your offline docs by going to drive.google.com, clicking More in the menu on the left side (as described above) and then Offline.

How to Access Offline Docs

You can now access your synced documents without an Internet connection. Just open Chrome and go to drive.google.com. This will automatically load the offline version of your Google Drive.

How to Disable Offline Docs

You can disable Offline Docs at any time by going to your Google Drive, clicking on the gear icon, and clicking Disable Offline.

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