You Can Now Use Google’s Chrome OS Offline, Sort Of

Google has been working on a solution for our internet woes. Unfortunately, boundless and uninterrupted internet connections don’t exist everywhere in the world. Heck, even the best internet connections run in to trouble when repairs are going on or if an undersea cable is damaged so there has to be an alternative. While they’re not quite there yet, Google has been working on some of its native apps for offline work. Here are some that you can use for your Chromebook on Chrome OS.

While it’s still in the beta stage there’s a fair amount of advantage using the Gmail Offline app. You can get it on the Chrome Web Store. Once enabled, the app will keep syncing all of your emails repeatedly while the Chrome browser is functional and you have a working internet connection. This will allow you to at least keep track all the conversations and emails that are available to you at the latest. Unfortunately you can’t send or receive any emails when your internet connection is off. Sorry, even Google hasn’t worked that miracle yet.

Google Drive
Google Drive has 2% of the market share in cloud storage while the leaders are Amazon and Microsoft. But a lot of the latter’s services can’t work offline. Google Drive has you covered-ish. First you have to have an updated version of Google Drive. Then head over to the Chrome Browser and log in to your Drive account. Then head over to settings and check the box that says “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline“. Once again, the latest stuff on your Drive account will be synced so it’s better to use this for your solo work and not group projects. Seems simple enough doesn’t it? But you need to know that some stuff won’t work offline regardless of syncing such as web based PDFs, Google Forms and the collection of Drive images.

Web Pages
For this you have to download something called the “Pocket” extension. It can be found on the Chrome Web Store too. You can use this to save and sync and download web pages, videos, articles, etc for later viewing. It’s pretty handy for a trip or for a time during which you’ll need to get a lot of work done but won’t have an internet connection.

Google Calendar
Similar to Google Drive and Gmail, you’ll be able to turn on the “Offline” option in Settings by checking a box in Google Calendar. You’ll be updated with the latest that you have on the app but of course you won’t be able to change anything on the app. It’s a read-only calendar that you’ll have access to.

Google Keep
This is perhaps my favourite application from Google. It’s so damn useful, it’s the only app from Google I use more than maps and probably as much as Search. I’m not kidding. Anyway, back to the topic. Keep will keep syncing your notes online and you won’t need to worry about anything being unavailable on the go.