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How to Use Google Drive Files Offline: No Internet, No Problem

Use Google Drive Files Offline

One of the strengths of Google Drive is it allows you to access your anywhere there’s an Internet connection.

Your files are in the cloud. So, you don’t have to carry them around on a thumb drive or external hard drive.

But then what happens when you can’t connect to the Internet? How do you access your Google Drive files?

Do you lose access to your files until you’re connected to the Internet?

The good news is you don’t need to be connected to the Internet to use your files on Google drive.

Here are the steps on how to use Google Drive files offline.

Step 0 – Use Google Chrome

You can only access Google Drive Files Offline through the Chrome browser. So, if you haven’t installed the Chrome browser, go ahead and install it.

Step 1 – Log in to Google Account

The first step is to log in to the Google Account through which you’ll be accessing Drive.

Step 2 – Go to Google Drive

You can do this by going to drive.google.com.

You may also click on the nine dots on the top right-hand corner of your web browser after you’ve logged in to your account. Then choose Drive as shown below.

Step 3 – Choose Setting

On the Google Drive page, click on the Settings button (gear icon).

Then choose Settings.

Step 4 – Choose Offline on the Settings Menu

Scroll down the Settings menu until you see the Offline and tick on it.

When you tick on it, you’ll be prompted to install a Chrome extension. Click on Install.

Step 5 – Install the Google Docs Offline Extension

Add the Google Docs Offline extension to your chrome browser.

You’ll receive a notification saying the extension has been installed.

Wait for Google Drive to set up the offline mode.

Step 6 – Turn Off the Internet and Work Offline

You’ll find that you can work with any document offline.

Later when you’re Internet connection is back on, you’ll receive the following message on your Google Drive asking you to reload the page.

That’s how you use Google Drive files offline and sync them across your other devices when you have access to an Internet connection.

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