How To Access Your Google Drive Files Offline

Creating files and saving them to Google Drive may be easy to accomplish, but what if we can’t access it? This usually happens when an internet connection isn’t available, making us unable to view the files we have saved there. And so, if you haven’t discovered it yet, there’s a feature in Google Drive where it allows you to view your files and documents offline.


Amazing, right? Now, you can have access to them anytime and anywhere you like by just enabling this feature. If you’re new to this and don’t have any idea about how it’s done, we got you! In this article, we’ll provide you with a detailed guide about turning on the offline viewing of files on your Google Drive.

Making Files Available for Viewing Offline

Not only Google Drive, but Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets have this feature also. Here’s how to do it in a few steps:

1. Click on the file you want to make available offline.

First, make sure that you’re logged in to your Google account so that you can have access to all the files you have there. Afterward, scroll through all the files you have and select the one you wish to make available offline. If you want to save time, simply type in the name of the file on the search bar.

But if it’s more than one file, you can simply select multiple files by holding the Shift button on your keyboard while selecting more files.

2. Right-click on your mouse and select “Available offline”.

Then, what you have to do now is right-click on your mouse and turn on the button for the “Available offline” option. Once it turns blue as shown in the picture, that’s when you know it’s already enabled.

Turning On Offline Preview

For an offline preview, this is to know that the files you have on your drive are saved onto your device. If you wish to enable this too, simply follow the steps given below.

1. Select the file(s) you want for enabling the offline preview.

Again you may select more than one file for this option. For selecting multiple files, hold the Shift button and continue clicking on more files you want for enabling the offline preview.

2. Click the “Ready for offline” icon on your Google Drive’s toolbar.

Observe the icons on the toolbar and look for a circle that has a checkmark inside with a line under it. When you select it, an option will appear just right below it that says “offline preview”, that’s what you have to turn on.


Whether you’re on your desktop or mobile device, you can make any file available offline. There actually won’t be any problem with enabling this feature because it can easily be done in just a few clicks! There won’t be a limit to how many files you can view offline so don’t worry about it and just keep on doing so — as long as you need it.

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