So, Google Drive, another cloud storage service by Google is out and is loved by everyone. Google Drive is just another Dropbox like cloud storage service which offers users to upload their files, media content, documents over to the cloud. If you don’t what’s all that buzz about, get acquainted with Google Drive, but let me introduce you to one out of box feature(which I really like the most), which allows users to access Google Drive Offline, yeah you read that right, you can access Google Drive even when you are not connected to Internet. How? Please continue.
Setup Google Drive Offline Access
- First of all, login to Google Drive Account.
- At the extreme right, click on the gear button, choose Setup Docs Offline from the drop down menu.
- Go through the instructions once, and click on Allow offline docs. With that, all the recent documents saved on Google Drive, will be saved on your computer for offline access.
- Next step will guide you to install Google Docs Chrome Web App, using which you can manage your documents offline. Proceed with the next step to install Google Docs Chrome App.
- Now let Google Drive sync your documents and store them on the local drive, it can take time depending upon the number of Google Docs you are storing there on Google Drive/Google Docs. Oh C’mon, it’s one and the same thing now.
- Now, you can access the Google Docs offline via this URL https://docs.google.com/. Yeah, it’s magic, disconnect your internet and check it out.
- So here we are done setting up Google Drive Offline Access.
Now what all we can do, when we are offline – Read That In Full
You can only view(can’t edit), Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets offline. Google presentations, forms, or drawings are not even accessible in Google Drive offline mode. Pretty ironic!
So what’s the bloody solution?
Store your content in form of PDFs, Microsoft Office files, and images, because by doing so, you can not only view them but can also edit that content offline too. Any changes made, will reflect in all the synced data once you are connected to internet(along with the time-stamp). Once you are online.
Few words from your well-wisher
Protect your Google Drive by enabling 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.
So that’s one of the reason to use Google Drive. Do give it a try.