By Kelsey / Last Updated January 11, 2021

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What is offline sync Google Docs?

Sync and backup files to Google Drive allows you to access Google Docs from anywhere in the world between different devices. But this kind of connection requires network support. If your network connection is unstable or there is an error, you may find that you cannot sync Google Docs in offline mode. So what is the offline sync Google Docs and how does offline sync work?

Enabling Google Drive offline sync means that your updates to documents, tables, and slides will be saved to the local drive when you are not connected to the Internet and will be synced to the cloud after you reconnect to the network. And whether you are offline or online, you can edit files. When you get on a plane or the Internet is interrupted, you can continue to do all the work.

How to enable offline sync Google Docs?

You can use Google Docs offline with just a few simple steps in your browser when you are online, and keep it synced after editing offline documents.

Step 1. Go to install the Google Docs Offline extension, click Add to Chrome and open it, and make sure there is enough free space on the device to save the file.

Add Google Docs Offline Extension

Step 2. Then go to docs.google.com while you are online, and go to the Settings.

Click Settings

Step 3. Scroll down to find the Offline option and toggle the switch to enable sync offline Google Docs.

Enable Offline

Note: How to disable offline sync Google Docs? You only need to toggle the switch to turn off the offline function

Step 4. You can also click File in the menu bar, and then select Make available offline in the drop-down menu, and your file will be saved offline.

Make Available Offline

When your device is offline, Google Docs files will be saved to the local hard drive, and you need to ensure that there is enough storage locally to avoid Google Docs not saving. When the device reconnects to the network, it will enable offline sync Google Docs.

How to enable Google Drive offline sync?

In addition to Google Docs, you may need to use Google Drive files offline, such as sheets, slides, etc. The following 2 ways can help you enable offline sync.

Way 1. Enable offline access

You can easily set up offline sync by accessing Google Drive through a browser while online.

Step 1. Go to drive.google.com while you are online, and go to the Settings of Google Drive.

Step 2. Scroll down and check the box next to Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline, click Done to confirm the operation.

Google Drive Offline Feature

Note: You can enable offline features in Drive or Docs. It will be reflected on all supported files, such as Google Slides and Google Sheets offline sync.

Way 2. Use Google Drive folder

The Google Drive client - Google Backup & Sync allows you to save file updates to your local drive when you are offline, and then sync the updates to the Google cloud when you reconnect to the network. The operation is as follows:

Step 1. Download and install the Backup and Sync, and type your Google account on the Sign in page to log in.

Google Backup and sync sign in

Step 2. Go ahead and complete the setup, and then navigate to the folder named Google Drive on your computer.

Google Drive Folder

Step 3. When offline, you only need to copy and paste or drag the required files to the Google Drive folder, and they will be synced to Google Drive when you are back online.

Bonus Tips about Google Drive files sync

In addition to how to enable and use Google Docs and Drive to sync files offline, we also provide some common questions and additional tips to help you use this feature more easily.

#1. How do I turn off offline sync on Google Docs?

If you have previously enabled the offline sync function in Google Docs, the steps you can follow to turn off the function are as follows:

Step 1. Open your Google Docs page in Chrome, after signing in, click the Settings button.

Step 2. Find the Offline option in the menu and turn off it.

Enable Offline

#2. What types of files can you access offline from your Drive?

If your device is not connected to the network, you can still view and edit the following files:

  • Google Docs.

  • Google Sheets.

  • Google Slides.

  • Videos.

  • Images.

  • PDFs.

#3. How to sync Google Drive to other cloud drives?

"I want to sync Google Drive to OneDrive to save time in managing files. Is there any way?" For users who use multiple cloud drives, they may try to find a solution to synchronize Google Drive files to other cloud drives, because most cloud storage services are not allowed to directly sync with other cloud services. So how to achieve the goal?

You can use CBackupper with a cloud sync function to easily sync Google Drive files. Compared with the common download, upload, and Google Takeout, using CBackupper has the following outstanding advantages:

No need to download and upload: As a professional multi-cloud backup and sync service, CBackupper supports you to use multiple clouds at the same time, so you can sync or back up data between cloud drives without downloading and uploading.

Fast sync speed: The process runs on the CBackupper server, so the network status will not affect the cloud sync speed.

Schedule sync: You can set a sync schedule (daily/weekly/monthly), and CBackupper will automatically perform the sync task.

CBackupper Main Page

5 steps to sync Google Drive to Dropbox below (as a demonstration):

Step 1. Get start to CBackupper and sign up for an account to log in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Select the Added Clouds tab on the left and add Google Drive and Dropbox in turn.

Add Google Drive

Step 3. Then go to the Sync Tasks tab and click New Task to create a cloud to cloud sync task.

Create Sync

Step 4. Click Add Source to select Google Drive as the sync source, and then click Add Destination to select Dropbox as the sync destination.

Add sync source and destination

Step 5. Then click Start Sync to sync from Google Drive to Dropbox.

Sync Google Drive to Dropbox

Note: CBackupper also provides professional cloud to cloud backup and PC to cloud backup services, which can protect your data in Windows computers and cloud storage services. And when you need these files, you can easily restore them from the cloud. CBackupper attaches great importance to security, using the OAuth authorization system, 256-bit AES encrypted transmission to ensure that your data is not infringed.

Final words

How to set up and use offline sync Google Docs and Google Drive methods are all in the above, according to the steps you can easily use and turn off offline sync Google Docs. Besides, you can also use CBackupper to cloud sync and back up files in Google Drive to avoid data loss.