Work on Google files offline

If you aren't connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network, you can still view and edit files, including:

  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides

Open files offline

Important: You must be connected to the Internet to turn on offline access.

Android

Turn offline access on or off

  1. Open the Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. Touch and hold a file for 1–2 seconds.
  3. Touch Keep so you can work with the document offline .

To end offline access, complete the same steps.

Find files you saved for offline access

  1. Open the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. Tap Menu > Offline.
iPhone/iPad

Turn offline access on or off

  1. Open the Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. Next to the file, tap More .
  • In Google Drive: Touch Available offline.
  • In Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides: Touch Download & keep in sync.

Find files you saved for offline access

  1. Open the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. Tap Menu > Offline.
Computer

You can turn on offline access for your entire Google Drive, but not specific files. Offline access is only available in the Google Chromebrowser.

Open your Google Drive files offline

  1. Open Chrome. Make sure you're signed in to Chrome.
  2. Go to drive.google.com/drive/settings.
  3. In the top right, click Settings .
  4. Choose Settings.
  5. Check the box next to "Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline."

To work on files offline from a computer, learn how to install Google Drive for your Mac or PC.

Mary is a Docs & Drive expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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