Offline Use

Use your Chromebook offline

Even if you’re not connected to the Internet, you can still do lots of things with your Chromebook.

Note: Some offline apps and services won’t work in incognito or guest mode.

Check your email

You can read, respond to, and search your emails when you aren’t connected to the Internet using Gmail Offline. To set it up:

  1. Open the Gmail Offline page in the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Click Add to Chrome Add app.
  3. Click the Launcher All Apps.
  4. Click the Gmail Offline app .
  5. Select Allow offline mail Continue. Your messages will save so you can view them offline. If you close Chrome while your messages are syncing, they won’t all be saved.

Once you've set up offline email, you can use it by clicking the Gmail Offline app .

Any messages you write, archive, label, or delete while you’re offline will be sent or moved when you connect to the Internet. Learn more about using Gmail offline.

Check your schedule

You can see your calendar and respond to event invitations while you’re offline. First, turn on Google Calendar offline:

  1. Click the Launcher All Apps.
  2. Click the Google Calendar app .
  3. On the top right, click Settings Offline.
  4. In the window that appears, click Enable. You’ll see a message showing that your calendar is syncing.
  5. Click Settings . When you see a green check mark, your calendar can be viewed offline.

To see your calendar when you’re not connected to the Internet, open the Google Calendar app . Learn more about using Google Calendar offline.

Play movies, music, or games

Watch movies and TV shows offline

Listen to music offline

Play games offline

Take notes

You can take notes offline using Google Keep. First, if you’ve already taken notes, you’ll need to save them so you can read and edit offline:

  1. Make sure your Chromebook is connected to the Internet.
  2. Click the Launcher All Apps.
  3. Open the Google Keep app .
  4. Wait for a few minutes. Your Chromebook will automatically save your notes so you can see them offline.

After your Chromebook saves your notes, you can edit them or write new notes offline. Any changes you make will show up in Google Keep the next time you’re online.

Other tasks you can do offline

  • View, create, and edit documents, spreadsheets, or slides using the Google Drive app .
  • View and edit photos with the Chromebook’s built-in photo editor.
  • Read web pages: Right-click the page, select Save as, then save the page as an HTML file. You can also use an app from the Chrome Web Store, like Pocket.
  • Find more apps that work offline: Open the Chrome Web Store, click Apps, then check the box for Runs Offline.