View files offline in the Google Drive iOS app

This article describes the latest version of the Drive app for iOS. To get the latest version, download an update from the App Store.

The Google Drive app for iPhone and iPad lets you view items you've stored in Google Drive with your device even when it isn't connected to the Internet or a mobile network. Offline editing isn’t currently supported.

Make an item available offline

Before you can view files offline, you'll first need to make them available offline. To make an item available offline:

  1. Make sure that you're connected to the Internet or a mobile network. (You can also request to make an item available offline when your device is disconnected from the Internet. It'll update the next time your device does connect.)
  2. Tap the arrow next to an item’s name to open the details pane.
  3. Tap or slide the switch to "on" next to Available Offline. A loading spinner will appear next to the switch until the file loads into the Offline section of your Drive app.

If you no longer need offline access for the item, follow the same steps but set Available Offline to "off."

Access and manage offline items

Access your offline items from the Offline section on the landing page of the Google Drive app for the iPhone or in the left-hand navigation panel for the iPad. Items available for offline viewing will appear here as either one of the following:

  • Up to date
    Offline items have synced, reflecting what's online. If you’re offline, the latest edits will be those from the last time your device connected to the Internet.
  • Updates available
    Changes made to online items haven't yet synced with offline items.

When your device is disconnected, you can still star, rename, and take other actions on your offline Google Docs and files. This is available even for files that you haven’t made available offline. Just open the details panel by tapping the gray arrow next to each item the way you would if you were connected to the Internet. Sharing isn't available while offline.