It has become increasingly common to use cloud storage platforms. Many of them, like Google Drive, allow you to access your files offline, when you have no internet access.
Read on to find out what Google Drive does, how it works and how to use it without connectivity!
What does Google Drive?
Google Drive is one of the best solutions for those who need cloud storage. Developed by Google, it was launched in 2012 and allows its users to store the files they want on the company's servers, synchronize them between all their devices and share with anyone they want.
It has a website that can be used in any of the best internet browsers and, in addition, Google Drive has several tools that can be used offline, which can be installed on Windows, macOS, Chrome or smartphones, whether they are Android or iPhone.
Currently, Google Drive is included in the company's Office suite, the G Suite, which comes with Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, Google Presentations, Gmail and more.
All of these tools together allow groups of people to collaboratively edit files in order to do group work, which is particularly good for companies or even school or university projects.
The storage space you have in Google Drive is shared with all other company tools, such as Google Photos, Google Calendar and even Google Keep.
It works completely with Microsoft Office, bringing a myriad of benefits for those who subscribe to the package. It has more than 800 million active users worldwide, in addition to more than two thousand stored files.
How to work on Google Drive articles offline?
You can access and edit Google Drive files without internet access, either on your computer, in the Google Chrome browser, or on your Android or iPhone smartphone.
The files that can be accessed are those from Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides, plus you can download any individual file to access whenever you want.
This is really useful in cases where you are going to travel somewhere without internet (or reliable internet), or simply as a precaution to ensure that you can continue working on that project even if your internet goes down.
How to do this in the browser?
First, we’ll teach you how to use Google Drive offline in your Chrome browser. To do this, you must first have an active connection to the internet, be using Chrome and not be in anonymous browsing.
Then, follow the link to install the Google Docs extension offline, which will allow you to use offline. Make sure you have enough free space on your computer to save the files.
Now, verify that you are logged into your Google account in the browser and proceed to the Google Drive settings page via the link. Finally, just check the box that says“Create, open, and edit your recent Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on this offline device” to activate offline mode!
Finally, you will need to right-click on the file you want to access when you don't have internet and then click on the item "Available offline" to activate.
How to do this on the smartphone?
This section is valid for both Android smartphones and iPhones. It is necessary, as with computers, to have an active internet connection to be able to configure Google Drive offline mode.
If you don't have the app installed on your device yet, download it from the Play Store or the App Store. With it installed, log in to your Google account to proceed.
The process really quite simple: first, open the Google Drive app. Now, next to the file you want to access offline, tap the menu"More" represented by three dots. Finally, click on the option"Available offline" to download the file!
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Leave in the comments what you think about this storage platform, saying if you already knew this functionality. Don't forget to check out all the Google Drive apps, as well as how to use Google Drive for business!