Thursday, 6 November 2014

Work offline in Gmail

If you think you might need to access Gmail without an internet connection, it’s a great idea to set up offline mode. This lets you read and compose emails offline, and then sends the drafts the next time you’re online. You can also archive messages, apply labels, move messages to folders and print.

To get started with offline mode, you first need to install the Gmail Offline Chrome app. You can then configure offline mode and it will be ready for the next time you are without an internet connection.


Google Chrome

Gmail Offline is only accessible using the Google Chrome browser. If you are not already using Chrome, download it here.

Access to the Chrome Web Store

Gmail Offline uses a Chrome Web Store app to function. Your Google account needs to have access to the Web Store in order to install the app. This may not be available with your school or work account. To check, visit the Web Store and try to sign-in using the link in the top-right corner. If you’re already signed-in, you’ve definitely got access.

The computer you want to use Offline Gmail on

The Gmail Offline app saves data to the local drive on your computer. Therefore, it needs to be configured on each computer you want to use offline. It also means you should NOT configure offline mode on a public or shared computer, as others could access your data.

Install the Gmail Offline app

1. Visit the Chrome Web Store.

2. Search for Gmail offline in the search box (top right).

3. Locate the Gmail Offline app. Click the + FREE button.


4. Click Add.

Configure the Gmail Offline app

1. Type chrome://apps/ in the address bar. The apps menu will appear.


2. Click the Gmail Offline icon.

3. Select Allow offline mail and click Continue.


4. The Gmail Offline app will open and sync your mail offline.


5. Click the Cog button (top right) to select how much email should be available offline. You can download mail from the last week, 2 weeks or month.

Accessing the app offline

Follow the steps below to open the Gmail Offline app when you’re offline.

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Type chrome://apps/ in the address bar. The apps menu will appear.
Tip: You can also see this menu by opening a new tab in Chrome and clicking the Apps button in the bookmark toolbar (far left).

3. Click the Gmail Offline icon to launch Offline mail.

To learn more about Offline Gmail, see the Google help topic.


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