We all LOVE using Google Docs for the reliability of automatic saving and always having access to our files BUT what to do when you find yourself in the “NO WIFI!!” situation?

Be prepared by enabling a few settings now and you will be able to access your documents when you are without internet service.  You can view and edit Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files off-line.

In the video above, we show you how to view and edit your files offline in Google Drive and in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

You can turn offline access on or off from your settings in Drive.

  1. On a Chrome browser, go to drive.google.com.
  2. In the top right, click the Settings icon
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Check the box next to “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline.” To disable offline access, uncheck the box.

When you’re working on Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides offline, Google gives you one clear indicator to determine if you are connected to the internet or not: a circle icon with a lightning bolt at the top of the page indicates that you are NOT connected to the internet. It’s next to the star and folder icons, and it looks like this:

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The moment Google recognizes an Internet connection, it will sync your changes to the cloud, and the icon will disappear.

Finally, while you can edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides offline, you can’t actually change any of the folder names or other details of your Google Drive account while you’re disconnected from the Internet.