View and edit files offline on Android

This information only applies to the latest versions of the Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps for Android. To download them, or upgrade to the latest versions, go to Google Play.

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 a file available offline

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

There are two ways you can make a file available offline in the Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps:

  • Touch the grey i button next to the file (within a file or in the file list) and switch the setting from Off to On next to “Keep on device” in the details panel
  • Touch and hold the name of a file for 1-2 seconds. Then, in the box that appears, touch the offline icon . If the icon isn’t filled in , the file is already available offline.

All offline files can be found in the "On device" section of the left-hand navigation panel in the app.

Remove offline access for a file

To remove offline access for a file, follow either of these steps:

  • Touch the grey i button next to the file (within a file or in the file list) and switch the setting from On to Off next to “Keep on device” in the details panel
  • Touch and hold the name of a file for 1-2 seconds. Then, in the box that appears, touch the offline icon . If the icon is filled in , the file has already been removed from being available offine
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 offline items

When your Android device loses its Internet connection, you can access your offline items by selecting On device on the left-hand navigation panel of any 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, 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.

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