Google Drive offers seamless workflow with overall Google experience. You can view, edit and share files from desktop and mobile devices with internet connection. But suppose you are going for a vacation to a place very far from city, where you can’t get internet connection. At these places you can’t access your files stored on DropBox, Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage.
Here, Google Drive comes with a solution to manage files offline. You can set up your Google Drive account for offline uses. Remember, for better security enable offline access only on personal computers or computers where you have a password protected account. Enabling offline access on public or shared computers can put your data at risk, since others may be able to view your synced Google documents and spreadsheets.
Steps to setup Offline Access:
- Start Google Chrome Browser (Install it if you haven’t) and open Google Drive page.
- Now click on the gear-settings drop-down link on top-right side of page and select Set up Docs Offline at end of the menu.
- A new windows Set up Docs Offline will appear that has two steps. First setup to allow offline docs viewing and second step leads you to install Chrome web app. Now click on the Install from Chrome web Store link.
- Click on Add to Chrome link to add Google Docs web app in your Chrome browser.
- After installation you will see Google Docs app on your Chrome browser’s app section. Click on it to finalise setup.
With Google Docs Offline setup you can only view Google documents but can’t edit them. You can both view and edit PDF, MS Office and other without internet connection. If you haven’t know about what features Google Drive offer’s, then read this sort description.
“-Share your work: Real-time collaboration means work gets done more quickly.
– Access anywhere: Edit and view your docs from any computer or smart phone.
– Upload your files from your desktop: It’s easy to get started and it’s free.
– Offline access: read your documents and spreadsheets without an internet connection.”