Access your files offline

You can work on files on a Chrome browser even when you’re not connected to the Internet. Chrome automatically syncs files in Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides so you can view and edit files offline.

View and edit your files offline (1:50)

In the video above, we show you how to view and edit your files offline in Google Drive and in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Here are some important things to know when you're offline:

  • Use Chrome. Offline access doesn’t work with other browsers. Offline access is also available on Chrome devices.
  • Use one account per Chrome profile. More than one person can use Drive offline on the same computer, but each person will need to log in with a different Chrome profile.

Turn on offline access in Chrome

To turn on offline access in Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome and sign in by clicking the Chrome menu > choosing Sign in to Chrome > following the directions on the sign-in page.
  2. Visit Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides. Offline access will automatically be turned on. Open a file to begin viewing or editing it even when you have no Internet connection.

Note: Do you use Google Apps for Work or Education? Chrome sign-in for offline access is not currently supported for these accounts. Use the instructions in "Turn on and turn offline access from settings" below.

Turn on and turn off offline access from settings

You can manually enable or disable offline access from your settings in Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

Only enable offline access on personal computers or computers that you use regularly. Turning on offline access on public or shared computers can put your data at risk, since others may be able to view your synced files.

In Drive:

  1. On a Chrome browser, sign into Drive at drive.google.com.
  2. In the top right, click the gear icon
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Check the box next to "Sync your work to this computer so that you can edit offline" to enable offline access. Your files and folders will automatically be synced so that they'll be available without an Internet connection.
  5. Uncheck the box to disable offline access.
Alternate instructions for the classic version of Drive
  1. On a Chrome browser, sign in to Drive at drive.google.com.
  2. On the left side of the screen, click More.
  3. Select Offline.
  4. Click the blue button that says Get the app. If you already have the app installed, you won't need to complete this step.
  5. You'll be taken to the Chrome web store. In the upper right corner of the browser window, click Add to Chrome.
  6. Once the app is installed, you'll be taken to a Chrome page with the Google Drive app icon. To return to Drive, click the icon.
  7. Return to the “Offline” page in Drive (steps 1-2) and click the blue button that says Enable Offline.

Once you’ve clicked Enable Offline, you can now access your files without an Internet connection by simply going to Drive and opening a file.

In Docs, Sheets, or Slides:

  1. Visit any of the Docs, Sheets, or Slides homescreens on a Chrome browser:
  2. Click the menu in the upper left.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Check the box next to "Sync your work to this computer so that you can edit offline" to enable offline access. The homescreens will automatically begin syncing your files and folders so that they'll be available without an Internet connection.
  5. Uncheck the box to disable offline access.

Where offline access is available

Offline access isn't currently available everywhere. See what is and isn’t available below.

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*To edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides offline on your mobile device, you must have the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps installed. All other files can be viewed using the Google Drive app.

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