Google Drive now lets you take everything offline in Chrome

Alonzo Simpson
June 27, 2019

According to the Google blog post, this feature is in beta at the moment (and you need to apply for it), but we'd imagine it won't take long before it rolls out to all users. The extended offline access is right now accessible in beta for G Suite association users as it were.

Google is giving users the ability to access any Google Drive files offline via a web browser. However, while dealing up with slow internet connection, it has been a tough task to access your files stored on Drive. Marking non-Google files as available offline is simply a matter of right-clicking on a file and selecting "Make available offline".

Its now only part of a beta test and is not available yet for users on Chrome OS devices but we can imagine that's a low priority since Google already offers similar native functionality built in. Offline mode for non-Google files, images, and PDF will solve that problem to a large extent.

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Google offers a Backup and Sync client for Windows and Mac that lets users access their cloud-based files, including Google Photos, in File Explorer (or Finder), similar to how OneDrive works. Any admins who opted into the Alpha for offline for Docs, Sheets, and Slides will automatically be whitelisted for this beta.

End users will also need to enable offline mode from within Drive or Docs settings. The file will show up in the offline preview feature as well.

The domain enables Drive File Stream use/installation (and is therefore a G Suite domain). But there are a couple of things you should know before applying. This implies in offline mode, a Microsoft Office file can be opened utilizing the local Microsoft Office application.

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