How To Use Google Docs Offline

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Google Docs offline.

How To Use Google Docs Offline

Google Docs is one of the most popular cloud-based office applications available today. However, many users wonder if they can still open and edit their files without internet access.

Fortunately, Google Docs has an offline feature that allows you to access and edit your documents without an internet connection. The user simply needs enough space in their device to save the data as well as an internet connection prior to toggling on this feature.

In this guide, we will show you how to use Google Docs offline so that you can continue working on your documents, even when you don’t have access to the internet.

How to Use Google Docs Without Internet Access

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to use Google Docs without Internet access.

Step 1

In the Google Docs homepage, click on the hamburger icon in the top-left corner.

Step 2

Click on the Settings option in the pop-up panel.

Step 3

Toggle on the Offline option to enable users to use Google Docs when the device is offline.

Do note that this option is not recommended for public or shared computers.

Step 4

You should now be able to access your most recent documents even without internet access.

Do note that offline sync can only be enabled by a single user account at a time in the same device.

Step 5

We can also ensure that a file is available offline by clicking File > Make available offline.

We can undo this action by clicking File > Remove offline access.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to use Google Docs offline.

You may make a copy of this sample document to test it out on your own.