How do you sync offline?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

To sync offline on Google Drive, follow these steps:

1. Open a web browser and go to Make sure you are connected to the internet.
2. Once you are on the Google Drive homepage, click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen to access the Settings menu.
3. From the dropdown menu, select “Settings” to open the Google Drive settings.
4. In the Settings menu, scroll down until you find the option “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline.” Check the box next to this option to enable offline syncing.
5. After checking the box, click on the “Done” button to save your changes.

By enabling this setting, you will be able to access and edit your Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings files even when you are not connected to the internet. Any changes you make while offline will automatically sync with your Google Drive account once you regain internet connection.

It’s important to note that this feature is currently available only for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings files. Other file types, such as PDFs or images, cannot be edited offline through Google Drive.

Here are a few additional tips and information about syncing offline on Google Drive:

– It may take some time for the offline syncing to complete, especially if you have a large number of files. Make sure to give it enough time for the initial syncing process.
– Once the offline syncing is enabled, you can access your files offline by opening the Google Drive website or using the Google Drive app on your mobile device. Any changes you make will be saved locally and will sync back to your account once you have an internet connection.
– If you are using the Google Drive app on a mobile device, you can also choose to download specific files or folders for offline access. Simply open the file or folder and tap on the three vertical dots menu icon. From there, select the “Make available offline” option.
– It’s important to periodically connect to the internet to allow Google Drive to sync any changes you’ve made offline and to ensure you have the latest version of your files.
– If you no longer want to edit files offline, you can go back to the Google Drive settings and uncheck the “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline” option.

Syncing offline on Google Drive provides convenient access to your files and allows you to work on them even when you don’t have an internet connection. It can be particularly useful when traveling, working in areas with limited connectivity, or when you simply prefer to work offline.