Use your Chromebook offline

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

Notes:

  • 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. Note: Gmail offline will not work in incognito mode.
  2. Go to Gmail offline settings.
  3. Tick '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.

Note: 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.

Play films, music or games

Watch films and TV shows offline

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

Download a show

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

  1. At the corner of your screen, 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 film or TV episode that 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 tick mark.

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

Watch offline

To watch a film 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. At the corner of your screen, 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 that 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. Tick the box for Runs Offline.

Many games work offline, such as 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 that you have installed: 

  1. At the corner of your screen, click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  2. Click 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 that you can read and edit offline:

  1. Make sure that your Chromebook is connected to the Internet.
  2. At the corner of your screen, 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 that you can see them offline.

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

Other tasks that 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 tick the box for Runs Offline.
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