How to Work on Google Docs, Sheets and Slides Offline?

Working with Google productivity services like Docs, Sheets and Slides is always convenient. It’s free and offers lots of features as well. However, if you are not connected to the internet, you can still create, view, and edit files on these products.

Use Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides offline

Take note, before you turn on offline access:

How to turn on offline access

  1. Open your Google Drive.
  2. At the top right, click Settings  Settings.
  3. Turn on Offline setting
  4. To work offline, in your Chrome browser, open Google DocsSheets, or Slides


  • If you want to use offline access for another Google Account, make sure you’re signed in to the right Chrome profile. Learn how to switch Chrome profiles.
  • You can also turn on offline access from Docs, Sheets, or Slides settings. If you turn on offline access for Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drive, then the rest will also be available offline.
  • Alternatively, to turn on offline access, open any Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation, and click See document status   Turn on  Turn on.

Turn off offline access

  1. Open Google Docs.
  2. Click Menu  Settings.
  3. On the right, turn off Offline.

Make specific files available offline

If you have enough storage, some of your most recent files will be automatically saved offline. To manually select files to save offline:

  1. Follow the steps above to turn on offline access in Google Drive.
  2. Open the Google DocsSheets, or Slides home screen.
  3. On the file you want to use offline, click More .
  4. Click Available offline. A check mark will appear in the bottom left corner to show that the file is available offline.

Tip: You can also make a file available offline by opening a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation, and clicking File > Make available offline.

Check if a document is ready for offline use

  1. On your computer, open a file in DocsSheets, or Slides.
  2. Click See document status .

Tip: If your document is not ready to edit offline, an explanation will appear.


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