How to use Google Docs offline: two ways to create and edit documents without the Internet
Google Docs is popularly known for creating documents that you can edit and share online. However, did you know that there is also a way to access the service offline? When you don’t have internet access and want to edit a document, you can always get the job done. Google Docs works offline and is available for both smartphones and computers. Follow this guide to see how to use Google Docs offline.
Google Docs: How to use it offline on computers
For Google Docs to work offline on your computer, you need Google Chrome and a Chrome extension installed. Follow these steps to get started.
- On your computer, download Google Chrome.
- Now download the extension Google Docs offline from Chrome Webstore.
- Once you’ve added the extension to Google Chrome, open Google docs in a new tab.
- From the main page, press the hamburger icon > go to Settings > enable Disconnected.
- After this, when I turn off the Internet and open Google docs In Chrome, you can access your documents offline.
- To keep an offline copy of a specific document, press the three dots icon right next to the file and enable Available offline.
Google Docs: How to use it offline on smartphones
The process to use Google Docs offline is even easier on smartphones. Follow these steps.
- Make sure you have downloaded the Google Docs app on your smartphone. It is available in both App store and Google play.
- Once Google Docs is installed, open the app> tap the hamburger icon > go to Settings.
- On the next screen, enable Make recent files available offline.
- Similarly, to keep an offline copy of a specific document, touch the three dots icon right next to the file and tap Make available offline. You will notice that a circle with a checkmark inside it will appear right next to the file. This means that your file is now available offline.
These are the two methods that allow you to work in Google Docs without an internet connection. This way, you can edit and save files offline without worrying about losing them. And of course, once you are connected to the internet, your files will automatically be saved to the cloud.