How to Use Google Drive While Offline

As more and more people turn to cloud computing as a means of avoiding lost data to crashes, Google Drive is ever increasing in popularity. What happens when you don’t have Internet access, though? Say, when you are on a plane or during a power outage? Google has already thought of that, and there’s an easy way to access your files in these situations. 

A Step Ahead

Google has a reputation as a visionary company, and they’ve asserted that fact yet again with the increased functionality of Google Drive while offline. This comes in addition to the many amazing things Google Drive already allows users to do. 

If you foresee an offline work session in your future and are wondering how best to navigate those waters, it’ll only take you a few minutes to get yourself set up to access Google Drive offline.

Making The Connection

The process of setting up offline Drive access is rather simple, especially if you already use Google Chrome. That’s the first step—setting Chrome as your default browser, and not browsing in incognito mode for these steps. 

Next, you can install and open the Google Docs Offline extension. After that, go into your Drive account setting and check the box to sync your files for offline editing. You can also pick specific files to sync by going through them individually. 

This way, you’ll have all the files you need to work offline saved locally through the extension. Once you have Internet access again, any changes you’ve made can be saved in Drive. There’s no need to lose valuable time just because you’ve lost Internet access—make every minute count by using Google Drive offline.