Use Google Drive files offline

If you aren't connected to the Internet, you can still view and edit files, including:

  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides

Save and open Google Docs, Sheets and Slides offline

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 that you have enough available space on your device to save your files.

Open Google Docs, Sheets and Slides offline

  1. Open Chrome. Make sure that you're signed in to Chrome.
  2. Go to drive.google.com/drive/settings.
  3. Tick the box next to 'Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline'.

Save Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for offline use

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click the Google Docs, Sheets or Slides file that you want to save offline.
  3. Turn on 'Available offline'.

To save multiple files offline, press Shift or Command (Mac)/Ctrl (Windows) while you click other files.

Preview offline files

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
    • Make sure that you turn on offline access first.
  2. At the top right, click Ready for offline Ready for offline.
  3. Click Offline preview.

Learn about Drive File Stream and Backup and Sync.

 
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