View and edit files offline on your iPhone or iPad

This article describes the latest versions of the Drive , Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for iOS. To download them, or get the latest versions, download the updates from the App Store.

You can access files on your mobile device even when you have no internet connection by setting up offline access in the Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps. You can also edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations offline in 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

You must be connected to the Internet in order to turn on offline access for a file.

To make a file available offline in the Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps, touch the Activity Information grey i button next to the file, within a file or the file list, and switch the setting from Off to On next to “Keep on device” in the details panel.

When you're not connected to the Internet, you'll see a pin icon next to all of your offline files.

Remove offline access for a file

To remove offline access for a file, touch the Activity Information grey i button next to the name of the file and switch the setting from On to Off next to “Keep on device” in the details panel.

What types of files 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

When your iPhone or iPad loses its Internet connection, you can access your offline items by selecting On device on the left-hand navigation panel of the Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps.

You can edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides offline in the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps as well, and all changes will be updated online when you restore your Internet connection. For all other files available offline, you can still read, star or rename them.

Making a doc available offline only makes it available in that particular app. If you make a Google Doc available offline in the Drive app, for example, 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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