Google Drive is getting a nice new update that’ll make it so you can get access to all different types of files when you’re offline. No longer are you limited to accessing just Google Drive files in your browser, as now you can access just about anything you put in your Drive.
In a blog post, Google said, “Google Drive stores your most important files, whether they are Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, PDFs, images or the hundreds of other file types we support today. Today, we are announcing more ways to make sure you can make them all accessible to you even when your internet connection is unavailable.”
This feature actually launched as a beta in 2019, and now all Drive users will be able to view files like PDFs, images, and Microsoft Office files without an internet connection. This makes Google Drive a lot more useful if you’re someone who finds themselves traveling a lot, as internet connections can be somewhat spotty.
To take advantage of the feature, you simply need to mark the files you want to access as available offline. From there, you can use Google Drive in your browser and open these files just like you would if you were online.
As part of this update, Google is also making it so Chrome OS users can use the Files app on their Chromebook to select Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files available when offline.
This feature will be available to all Google Drive users, whether they’re on a personal account or a business one, so if you need to access your non-Google files, you’ll be able to do so as long as you’ve marked them as available offline. It’s a gradual rollout, so it may take some time before you see it.