Apr 04, 2014

How to use Google Drive offline?

I use Google Drive for a number of things, although most often I make use of the word processor. It’s free, it works reasonably well (although I do still prefer Word), and all of my documents are saved to the cloud. However, I’m not always sitting at my desk, and I am often out of the office and away from WiFi. I often use a mobile hotspot, but that gets expensive. What do I need to do to be able to use Drive when I am not online?

How to Make Google Drive Work Like a Desktop Suite

"At a glance, it seems like Google Drive is online only. After all, it's a web app, right? But you can use all the apps in Google Drive offline, just like a desktop office suite if you set it up ahead of time. All you need is Google Chrome. Here's how to set it up:

Go to drive.google.com in Chrome.
Click "More" and select "Offline"
Click the "Get the App" button to head to the Chrome Web Store and download the Google Drive app
Once it's installed, click the Drive icon and then the "Enable Offline" button"

You have to use either Chrome OS or the Crome browser to use Drive offline. It requires a few steps to set up, and then you will be good to go. 


Here are the instructions from Google:


"From drive.google.com in your Chrome browser, click More on the left-hand side of the screen.

Select Offline.

Click the blue button that says Get the app to go to the Chrome web store. 

Click Add to Chrome in the upper-right corner of the browser window.

Once the app is installed, you'll be taken to a Chrome page with the Google Drive app icon. To return to Drive, click the Google Drive icon.

On the right side of the dialog on the Offline Docs page, click the blue button that says Enable Offline. At this point, it also works to click on the gear icon in the top-right corner of your main Drive view and select Enable Offline to set up offline access."




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