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Want to Use Gmail Offline? Here’s the User Guide

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Written by Hassan Abbas

Use Gmail Offline: There are so many reasons why you may not have the internet connection available with you. For example, during flights, or power outage. But it’s good if you were able to work by replying to emails, right? Well, it helps you to do that. Here’s how.

What is Gmail offline?

We all know that Gmail can be used for sending and receiving mails while connecting to the internet. But in case if we are traveling or our network is completely down or when we are stuck at a place where there is no access to an internet connection at all then what happened?

With this update from Google, using Gmail offline to read, respond to, and search your Gmail messages without being connected to an active internet connection.

Can you use Gmail offline should you?

Currently, Google allows only Chrome users to access Gmail in offline mode. This means users with other popular browsers have to wait for a while till Google decides to offer the feature on the same.

If you are a working professional then make sure it is necessary to keep data at fingertips that can be accessed immediately when needed, be it offline or online.

How to turn on Gmail Offline?

As we mentioned above Gmail can be accessed offline only using the Chrome browser. So, you need to install Chrome in your PC/Laptop but not using Incognito mode. If it is already installed, then follow the below-mentioned steps.

Step 1:

Firstly, log in to your Gmail account.

Step 2:

Then click the Gear icon on the top right and select Settings.

Step 3:

Now Click Offline.

Step 4:

Once you click offline Check to Enable offline mail.

Step 5:

Select your settings i.e how many days of messages you want to sync. Google offers to save the last 7, 30 or 90 days of attachments and emails.

Step 6:

Now select what happens to your data after logging out of your Google account.

Step 7:

Click Save Changes.

Step 8:

Once done Gmail will reload automatically and offline sync will start. You can confirm it using the sync icon.

Step 9:

Once the sync completes Ready for offline will appear near the mail counter.

How to use Gmail Offline?

To use Gmail offline effortlessly, then bookmark your inbox to the Chrome browser.

Step 1:

In the Chrome browser, open your Gmail inbox.

Step 2:

On the right side of the address bar, click Start () and then click Done to bookmark your inbox.

Step 3:

If you have no internet connection, go to Or click the bookmark you created in the Chrome browser for opening Gmail in offline mode.

Note: In offline mode sending emails saved in a new Outbox and get sent as soon as you connect your device to an active internet connection.

How to Turn off Gmail offline?

When and if required, you can even turn off Gmail offline by following the below-mentioned steps.

Step 1:

Firstly, log in to your Gmail account.

Step 2:

Now tap the Gear icon and click Settings.

Step 3:

Now choose Offline.

Step 4:

Uncheck Enable offline mail checkbox.

It will protect you from using Gmail when you are offline. But the saved data deleted manually when you turn it on.

How to remove your offline data?

Disabling Gmail offline will not erase the data that is already stored on your computer. To delete the saved data reset the Content settings under the Advanced menu of the Chrome browser.

Step 1:

Firstly, Open Google Chrome.

Step 2:

Then click More and then click Settings.

Step 3:

Now scroll to the bottom of the page and tap Advanced.

Step 4:

Under Privacy and security, tap Clear browsing data.

Step 5:

Change Time range to All time.

Step 6:

The Cookies and other site data is checked.

Step 7:

Click Clear Data.

It clears the data stored in your local drive.


All done! Hope this article is helpful. If you have any questions and queries let us know in the comment section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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