Google Drive Offline mode is now out of its testing phase. Now the users will be able to access the files even when they are offline, this includes images, PDFs, and Microsoft Office documents. The software giant has announced the availability of the feature but it will be accessible in Drive on the web platform.
While announcing the feature Google said, “Google Drive stores your most important files, whether they are Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, PDFs, images or the hundreds of other file types we support today. Today, we are announcing more ways to make sure you can make them all accessible to you even when your internet connection is unavailable.”
Users usually store their important files on Google Drive. Before this, the users were only able to use the Docs, Sheets, and Slides in offline mode. With the availability of offline mode in Drive on the web, the files will be accessible to the users even when the users don’t have an internet connection and travel to remote areas where there is no access to the internet.
Google began testing the feature in 2019 that enabled you to mark non-Google file types, like PDFs, images and Microsoft Office files, available offline when using Google Drive on the web. Now that the functionality is generally available then you can mark these files available offline, you can easily open these files from your browser even when you aren’t connected to the internet, the company noted.
In addition to this, the ChromeOS users will now be able to use the Files app on their Chromebook to select Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files to be available when offline. This streamlined access eliminates the need to open Google Drive or Google Docs to select files to make them available offline.
According to the company, the non-Google files such as PDFs, images and Microsoft Office files will need to be opened using apps installed on your computer through Google Drive Web when offline. This feature is already available for Google Drive desktop users. This functionality will be available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as Cloud Identity Free, Cloud Identity Premium, G Suite Basic and Business customers. Available on personal accounts as well.
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