Latest in Gear

Image credit: Blue Planet Studio via Getty Images

Google Drive tests a full offline storage mode in Chrome

The beta allows offline storage for PDFs, images, Office documents and other non-Google files.
199 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Blue Planet Studio via Getty Images

Cloud services are great until you can't access an important file while you're on the road with frustratingly slow internet connection. Google Drive introduced offline mode for Documents, Slides and Spreadsheets as a solution for that. Now, it's also testing the capability to save PDFs, images, Microsoft Office and other non-Google files stored on Drive offline.

Google is currently accepting applications for a new beta that will allow testers to mark the non-Google files they want for offline access. Unfortunately, only G Suite organizations can apply to be part of the testing period, and those who do get the chance to use it early can only take advantage of the feature if they're using the Chrome browser. They have to enable offline mode from within the Drive or Docs settings first and then sign into the account associated with the approved G Suite organization before they see the option to save files offline.

Google

Google says the current version of the feature doesn't work with Chrome OS, but it's working to bring it to the platform in the future. No word yet on whether it's also coming to other browsers other than Chrome -- let's just keep our fingers crossed for wider compatibility when it's ready for rollout.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
199 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
Samsung asks users to be extra careful with the Galaxy Fold

Samsung asks users to be extra careful with the Galaxy Fold

View
Uber sues NYC over vehicle caps

Uber sues NYC over vehicle caps

View
Australia will help NASA go to the Moon and Mars

Australia will help NASA go to the Moon and Mars

View
Apple gets US approval for Mac Pro tariff exemptions

Apple gets US approval for Mac Pro tariff exemptions

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr