Google Docs Offline Access

**Note**: Enabling your entire Drive to be available offline is not recommended on a shared Chromebook. Also, keep in mind the Chromebook must have enough storage space to hold the contents of your Drive.

  • Right Click on your Document or folder in My Drive will give you the option to make Available Offline
  • Next time you are connected to the internet your document will be updated to Google Drive Online Automatically

Before you turn on offline access

  • You must be connected to the internet.
  • You must use the Google Chrome browser. (If you are not using a chromebook)
  • Don't use private browsing.
  • Install and turn on Google Docs Offline Chrome extension. (not required for Chromebooks)
  • Make sure you have enough available space on your device to save your files.

How to use Chromebook Offline (How-to Link)

You can turn on 'offline' editing for Docs from a Chromebook. You can also turn on 'offline' editing for Docs from a Mac or PC. Same account, different device = different settings. Keep in mind the device you are using when you need files offline.

The article "How to use Chromebooks Offline" by Matt Miller mentions adding the "Google Docs Offline Chrome Extension" in order to use offline editing. Google's support page also mentioned this extension. This extension is only required when on a Mac or PC. Chromebooks do not require this extension.