Google offers its Docs application to create documents that you can edit and share online. These documents are auto-saved on your Google drive from time to time. However, there are two ways to use the service offline as well.
There may be times when you don’t have internet access and you want to edit a document, but you can always get the work done by using Google Docs‘ offline feature. This feature also saves your files to your Google Drive without an internet connection. Both desktop and mobile devices can access Google Docs offline. Follow the step-by-step guide to see how to use Google Docs offline.
To work on Google docs without internet access on your desktop, follow these steps:
Open Google Chrome on your desktop.
Open Google Docs in a new tab.
From the main page of Google Docs, tap the icon with three horizontal lines (available at the top left corner of the screen).
Go to “Settings” and enable the “Offline” toggle.
When you turn off your internet or you don’t have internet access, you will be able to access your documents offline.
Click on the three-dot icon right next to the file and enable “Available offline” to keep an offline copy of a specific document.
To work on Google docs without internet access on your smartphone, follow these steps:
Open the Google Docs app on your smartphone.
Tap on the menu icon with three horizontal lines (available at the top left corner of the screen).
Enable the toggle “Make recent files available offline”.
Tap the three dots icon next to the file and select “Make available offline” to save a copy of the document offline.
Right next to the file, you’ll see a circle with a checkmark inside it. This indicates that your file is accessible offline.