PC Doctor April 22, 2019

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Dear PC Doctor:

My student has a chromebook from school. They need to be able to do some work when we aren’t going to have wifi. I thought chromebooks need internet in order to work. Will we be able to use the drive without internet?



Dear Disconnected:

I am glad you asked this question, as I want to know the answer myself! These instructions are from the Google support site.

All of the primary apps within Google Drive, including Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Drawings, work offline. They allow the user to create and edit documents, which then sync when an Internet connection is re-established. However, you must first enable this feature.

First, go somewhere where you do have internet. Open the Chrome browser. (Don't use private browsing.) Install and turn on Google Docs Offline Chrome extension. (Make sure you have enough available space on your device to save your files.)

To be able to open Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides offline, open Chrome. (Make sure you're signed in to Chrome.) Go to drive.google.com/drive/settings. Check the box next to "Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline."

I hope this helps!

Until next time,

Happy Computing!
PC Doctor

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