View and edit files offline on your iPhone/iPad

You can access files on your mobile device even when you don’t have an Internet connection. You can also edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations offline in the latest version of the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps. Note that while all spreadsheets can be viewed offline, only spreadsheets created in the new version of Sheets can be edited offline.

Make an item available offline

To turn on offline access for a file:

  1. Make sure you’re connected to the Internet.
  2. Open the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  3. Next to the file name, touch the info icon Activity Information
  4. Slide Off to On next to “Keep offline.”
See an example

When you're not connected to the Internet, your offline files will have a pin icon .

Remove offline access for a file

To remove offline access for a file:

  1. Open the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. Next to the file name, touch the info icon Activity Information
  3. Slide On to Off next to “Keep offline.”
Types of files that can be made available offline

Files you can make available offline:

  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides
  • Uploaded images
  • Files in the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .xls and .ppt

Files you can’t make available offline at this time:

  • Google Sites
  • Google Drawings
  • Google Forms
  • Fusion Tables
  • Folders

Access and manage offline items

To see your offline files:

  1. Open the Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides app.
  2. In the top left, touch the menu .
  3. Touch Offline.

You can edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides offline. All changes will be updated online when you get your Internet connection back. For all other files, you can still read, star, or rename them.

Making a doc available offline only makes it available in that app. For example, if you make a Google Doc available offline in the Drive app, it’ll only be available for viewing in the Drive app. To edit this same Google Doc, you’ll have to make it available offline in the Docs app.

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