Use your Chromebook offline

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

Important:

  • Some offline apps and services won’t work in Incognito or guest mode.
  • If you're using Gmail with your work or school account, you can ask your admin to help change your Gmail offline settings.

Check your email

You can read, respond to, and search your Gmail messages even when you aren't connected to the Internet by visiting mail.google.com. To set it up:

  1. Open Chrome Chrome. Important: Gmail offline will not work in Incognito mode.
  2. Go to Gmail offline settings.
  3. Check "Enable offline mail."
  4. Choose your settings, such as how many days of messages you want to sync.
  5. Select Save changes.
  6. To use Gmail when you’re not connected to the Internet, go to mail.google.com.

Important: When you send emails offline, your email goes into a new "Outbox" folder and gets sent as soon as you go back online. Learn more about using Gmail offline.

Tap here to see an interactive tutorial

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. In the corner of your screen, select the Launcher and then Up arrow .
  2. Select the Google Play Movies app Play Movies.
  3. Select My Movies or My TV Shows.
  4. Next to the movie or TV episode you’d like to download, select 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, select Downloaded Downloaded.

Listen to music offline
YouTube Music for Chromebook doesn’t support offline playback. To listen to music offline, you need:
Play games offline

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

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store.
  2. On the left, select 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.

To find a game you have installed: 

  1. In the corner of your screen, select the Launcher and then Up arrow .
  2. Select 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. In the corner of your screen, select the Launcher and then Up arrow .
  3. Open the Google Keep app 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

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