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Use your Chromebook offline

Even if you’re not connected to the Internet, you can still do lots of things with your Chromebook.

Note: Some offline apps and services won’t work in incognito or guest mode.

Check your email

You can read, respond to, and search your emails when you aren’t connected to the Internet using Gmail Offline. To set it up:

  1. Open the Gmail Offline page in the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Click Add to Chrome and then Add app.
  3. Click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  4. Click the Gmail Offline app Gmail Offline.
  5. Select Allow offline mail and then Continue. Your messages will save so you can view them offline. If you close Chrome while your messages are syncing, they won’t all be saved.

Once you've set up offline email, you can use it by clicking the Gmail Offline app Gmail Offline.

Any messages you write, archive, label, or delete while you’re offline will be sent or moved when you connect to the Internet. Learn more about using Gmail offline.

Check your schedule

You can see your calendar and respond to event invitations while you’re offline. First, turn on Google Calendar offline:

  1. Click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  2. Click the Google Calendar app Calendar.
  3. On the top right, click Settings Settings and then Offline.
  4. In the window that appears, click Enable. You’ll see a message showing that your calendar is syncing.
  5. Click Settings Settings. When you see a green check mark, your calendar can be viewed offline.

To see your calendar when you’re not connected to the Internet, open the Google Calendar app Calendar. Learn more about using Google Calendar offline.

Play movies, music, or games

Watch movies and TV shows offline

First, buy a movie or TV show on Google Play Movies.

Download a show

Next, download your movie or TV show to your Chromebook:

  1. Click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  2. Click the Google Play Movies app Play Movies.
  3. Click My Movies or My TV Shows.
  4. Next to the movie or TV episode you’d like to download, click Download Download.

The Download icon will fill in red to show your download progress. You can watch your video offline once the download icon turns into a check mark.

If downloading doesn’t work, learn how to troubleshoot problems downloading videos.

Watch offline

To watch a movie or TV show when you’re not connected to the Internet, open the Google Play Movies app Play Movies.

To remove a video, click Downloaded Downloaded.

Listen to music offline

First, buy or upload your music to Google Play Music.

Next, download your songs to your Chromebook:

  1. Click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  2. Click Google Play Music Play Music.
  3. Click the Menu Menuand then Music library.
  4. Find the song or album you’d like to listen to offline.
  5. Click More Moreand then Download.
  6. Choose a download location, then click Download Now.

After the download completes, you can play your songs using your Chromebook’s built-in media player.

Play games offline

First, find and install games that can be played offline:

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store.
  2. On the left, click Games.
  3. Check the box for Runs Offline.

Many games work offline, like Cut the Rope and Cube Slam. If your Chromebook works with Android apps, you can also search the Google Play Store app for offline games.

Once you’ve installed a game, you can find it by clicking the Launcher Launcher and then All Apps.

Take notes

You can take notes offline using Google Keep. First, if you’ve already taken notes, you’ll need to save them so you can read and edit offline:

  1. Make sure your Chromebook is connected to the Internet.
  2. Click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  3. Open the Google Keep app Google Keep.
  4. Wait for a few minutes. Your Chromebook will automatically save your notes so you can see them offline.

After your Chromebook saves your notes, you can edit them or write new notes offline. Any changes you make will show up in Google Keep the next time you’re online.

Other tasks you can do offline

  • View, create, and edit documents, spreadsheets, or slides using the Google Drive app Google Drive.
  • View and edit photos with the Chromebook’s built-in photo editor.
  • Read web pages: Right-click the page, select Save as, then save the page as an HTML file. You can also use an app from the Chrome Web Store, like Pocket.
  • Find more apps that work offline: Open the Chrome Web Store, click Apps, then check the box for Runs Offline.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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