Google Docs is one of the best document editors online. You can write articles, stories, resume and anything else online from your browser. Google Docs app also lets other people contribute which make it interesting and easy when you are writing stories with other people.
However, to access the documents on Google Docs, you need to connect to the internet. Without the internet, it is impossible for you to edit and save the file. So, what should you do if you want to edit it while no internet connection? The solution is to make Google Docs available offline.
Here, we will tell you how to make Google Docs available offline on PC and smartphones. By then end of the article, all the documents on Docs are ready for offline editing.
How to Make Google Docs Available Offline on PC
1. Install Chrome Browser
Google only allows the Docs to be available offline for its web browser. So, if you are using Opera, Safari, Firefox or other browsers, you’d better download and install Chrome right now.
2. Sign In to Google Account
All apps on Google are integrated, including Docs, so you need to sign in to your Google account after you have downloaded the browser. When you have signed in to your account, you can have the access to the Docs.
3. Download Google Docs Offline Extension
The access you get on Google Docs after your sign in to your account is available online only. To make it available offline, you need to download and install an extension on your Chrome browser. Not only Google Docs, you can also make Slides and Sheets available offline with this extension.
4. Enable Offline Access
Now, it’s time to make the Google Docs to be available offline. Here’s how to do it:
- Open the documents on Google Docs.
- Click on the three lines on the top corner to get into the Settings.
- In the Settings, enable the Offline toggle by sliding it to the right.
- Click OK.
From now on, the Google Docs will be available offline. You can edit and save them without internet connection. While for the older files, you need to download them beforehand.
How to Make Google Docs Available Offline on Smartphones
If you want to make the Google Docs available offline on your smartphones, you can refer to the steps below.
1. Download Apps
Google has a separate app for Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drives for Android and iOS devices. So, you need to download and install the apps on your devices. This app will allow you to save and edit Docs while you are offline.
2. Set Recent Files Available Offline
After you have Docs installed on your device, you need to set the Settings so that it allows you to have the Docs available offline. Here’s how to do it:
- Launch the Drive and press the three lines on the corner.
- Scroll down and press on Settings.
- Enable “Make recent files available offline” by sliding it to the right.
However, this only works for the recent files. The mobile apps will automatically detect which files you’ve used frequently and keep a local copy available for you to use offline.
What if you want specific files to be available offline? You can do it by opening the documents. Then, tap on the three dots on the corner to get into Settings. Scroll down and enable Available offline feature. The file will be available offline.
You need to repeat similar steps for other documents too.
With the methods above, you can enjoy the Google Docs files offline. Start from now, you don’t need to worry to access the Docs when no internet around. You can edit and save them offline. Then, upload them whenever you are connected to the internet.