For a free text editor, it is difficult to get much better than Google Docs. You can update your CV, work on a paper or even write articles (like this one) directly in your browser.
With Google Drive, you can access all your documents from any computer or mobile device you have entered into your Google Account. This makes it completely attractive in the cloud to work in the cloud. You can drop what you do on your work computer and download it later at home or make quick changes to your phone. As long as you have an internet connection, it is super comfortable. The friction comes when you lose your connection.
There will be times when you do not have internet access but still need to edit a document. When you arrive on an airplane, or if the internet goes down, all your job is still available. Fortunately, you can get around this with some quick steps so you can continue to use Google Docs ̵1; and still have access to all your files – even when you're offline.
How to configure Google Docs to work offline. The same instructions work for Google Presentations and Google Sheets.
How to configure Google Docs offline on your computer
The Offline feature of Docs only works on Google's own browser. If you use Firefox, Safari, Edge or any other browser, download and install Chrome .
Sign in to your Google Account
Everything you do in Google's world is linked to your Google Account and Docs is no different. Log in to your Chrome account after installing your browser.
Download Google Docs Offline Extension
With Chrome, you can install browser extensions that add new features and enhance your overall experience. For offline access, this extension allows you to use Google Docs, Presentations and Sheets even if you lose internet access.
Enable offline access
Open Google Docs and sign in to Google Account if you haven't already. Click on the hamburger menu at the top left of the screen (), select Settings and enable Offline switching.
Once you've done that, you can continue editing and saving your documents when you lose internet access. Google also downloads some of your latest files so you can edit them even if you don't already have them open. For older files, however, you must download them in advance.
How to configure Google Docs offline on mobile
Enabling offline access for Docs is a little easier on your mobile devices.
Download Apps You Need
Google offers separate apps for Google Drive, Docs, Presentations and Sheets on IOS and Android. Download the ones you need for the phones and tablets you should use while offline.
Make latest files available offline
On the current Drive app, tap the hamburger menu () in it upper left corner, press Settings and enable "Enable new files available online".
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The mobile apps automatically identify which files you have used frequently and keep a local copy available for you to use offline. If you need to make sure that specific files are available, follow the steps in the next section.
Make specific files available offline
By default, Google tries to save space by just keeping local copies of files you "recently edited on your device. But you have a few options to make sure some files are always Available on your laptop, you can download Google Drive Backup and Sync to keep a local copy of all your files, or just some folders, on your desktop, making the Drive feature much like Dropbox.
If you just want to download specific files, enter the file you want to keep in the app. T [Thethree-point"More"icon() and activate the "Available Offline" button. Repeat for each file you need. You can also open the file you need and the app should download it, but it never hurts to make sure.
When you have a file available for offline use, you will see a circle symbol with a check mark inside it. When you edit the file without an Internet connection, you see a circle symbol with a flash bolt next to the document's name.
When you are online again, the synchronization changes and the symbols disappear.