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

  • You must be connected to the internet.
  • You must use the Google Chrome browser.
  • Don't use private browsing.
  • Install and turn on Google Docs Offline Chrome extension.
  • Make sure you have enough available space on your device to save your files.

How to turn on offline access

  1. 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
  2. At the top left, click Main menu Menuand then Settings.
  3. Turn on Offline.
    Note: If you turn on offline access for Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drive, then the rest will also be available offline.
  4. Open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides in your Chrome browser to work offline. 

Turn off offline access

  1. Open Google Docs or Google Drive.
  2. Click Menu Menuand then Settings.
  3. On the right, turn off 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:

  1. Follow the steps above to turn on offline access in Google Drive.
  2. Open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screen.
  3. On the file you want to use offline, click More More.
  4. 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 and then 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:
    1. Open chrome://settings/cookies/detail?site=docs.google.com .
    2. 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."

Only one account for each Chrome profile can have offline enabled. If you own the other user account, log-in as that user and disable offline. Learn how to disable offline.

If you don't own the other account, create and enable offline for a new Chrome profile. Learn how add a new profile.

Offline setup failed

Disable and re-enable offline 

Clear your site data 

  1. Open chrome://settings/cookies/detail?site=docs.google.com .
  2. Click Remove all

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. 

Learn how to disable offline.

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.

  1. On your computer, open the Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide.
  2. At the top, click File and then Make available offline. The check mark should disappear.
  3. At the top, click File and then Make available offline

If the error continues, your file is too large. 

Step 2: Make your file smaller

  1. Make your file smaller.
    • Tip: Copy smaller sections of the original document into new documents.
  2. At the top of your new smaller document, click File and then Make available offline.

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