Use your Chromebook offline

Your Chromebook was designed to help you get things done faster and easier. You'll be able to access your files with secure, built-in cloud connectivity, as well as use powerful web apps to create documents, edit photos, and listen to music. For those rare times when you aren't connected to the web, there are a variety of tasks you can still do with your Chromebook:

  • Write emails. Gmail Offline is built to support offline access, allowing mail to be read, responded to, searched, and archived without network access. After first start-up, Gmail Offline will automatically synchronize messages and queued actions anytime Chrome is running and an Internet connection is available.
  • View appointments. With offline access from the Google Calendar app, you can view a read-only version of your calendar no matter where you are.
  • View, create, and edit documents. The Google Drive app allows you to view and edit Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings files.
  • View and edit photos. Your Chromebook comes with a built-in photo editor, so you can view and edit photos that are saved locally.
  • Listen to music. You can play music stored on your Chromebook's internal storage when you're offline. Copy music files there directly from a storage device like a USB stick or SD card.
  • View Microsoft Office and Adobe .pdf files. You can easily use your Chromebook to view Microsoft Office or Adobe files without an Internet connection.
  • Take notes. With Google Keep, you'll be able to take and save short notes that will be synced to the cloud the next time you're connected to the Internet.
  • Read offline web pages. If you've saved web pages for offline viewing later, these will open seamlessly in Google Chrome on your Chromebook.
  • Use offline-capable apps. Some very powerful web applications also have offline counterparts, and you can find them in the Chrome Web Store. Some of these apps include The New York Times and Cloud Reader from Amazon.
  • Play games. The Chrome Web Store is home to hundreds of games, many of which are also available offline, like Angry Birds and Cube Slam.