Work on Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides offline
If you aren't connected to the internet, you can still create, view, and edit files on:
- Google Docs
- Google Sheets
- Google Slides
Use Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides offline
You can save the most recently opened documents on your computer.
Before you turn on offline access
- On your computer, open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screen.
Note: If you want to use offline access for another Google Account, make sure you're signed in to the right Chrome profile. Learn how to switch Chrome profiles.
- At the top left, click Main menu Settings.
- Turn on Offline.
Note: If you turn on offline access for Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drive, then the rest will also be available offline.
- Open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides in your Chrome browser to work offline.
Make specific files available offline
If you have enough storage, some of your most recent files will be automatically saved offline. To manually select files to save offline:
- Follow the steps above to turn on offline access in Google Drive.
- Open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screen.
- On the file you want to use offline, click More .
- Click Available offline. A check mark will appear in the bottom left corner to show that the file is available offline.
Tip: You can also make a file available offline by opening a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation, and clicking File Make available offline.
Fix problems with using files offline
If you're having trouble working with Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides offline, try these steps.
Check your browser
- You must use the Google Chrome browser.
- Do not use private or incognito browsing.
Error message: "Checking offline sync status. Please wait."
- Reload the page and try again.
- Clear your site data:
- Open chrome://settings/cookies/detail?site=docs.google.com .
- Click Remove all.
Error message: "Offline sync is disabled by your administrator."
You can't use Offline with this account. Learn how to contact your administrator.
Error message: "Another user has already enabled offline access on this computer."
Offline setup failed
Offline is already on
Offline will automatically be enabled if you are a ChromeOS user, if you choose to sync your Docs and Drive when creating a Chrome Profile, or if you have Drive Backup and Sync installed on your device.
Error message: Could not sync document or trouble syncing
Step 1: Check your network connection
There might be a problem with your network connection. First, check your network connection. Then, try to disable and re-enable offline access.
- On your computer, open the Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide.
- At the top, click File Make available offline. The check mark should disappear.
- At the top, click File Make available offline.
If the error continues, your file is too large.
Step 2: Make your file smaller
- Make your file smaller.
- Tip: Copy smaller sections of the original document into new documents.
- At the top of your new smaller document, click File Make available offline.
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