Access your files offline

You can view and edit Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files when you’re not connected to the Internet. Watch the video below to see how.

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:

Turn offline access on and off

You can turn offline access on or off from your settings in Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

Only turn on 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, because others may be able to view your synced files.
Google Drive
  1. On a Chrome browser, go to
  2. In the top right, click the settings menu
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Check the box next to "Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline." To disable offline access, uncheck the box.
Docs, Sheets, and Slides home screens
  1. On a Chrome browser, go to
  2. On the left, click the menu .
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Click Turn on. To disable offline access, click Turn off.

Your files and folders will automatically be synced so that they'll be available without an Internet connection.

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