Google recently re-launched offline access to major Google services on Chrome with the new HTML5 technology. This is a small guide to help you get it working on Chrome, Chrome OS and Chromebooks
After removing the original offline gmail access set up, Google re-introducedÂ it as an app for Google Chrome which also has a shiny new UI. All you need to do is install the new app and click “allow access” when asked for.
Gmail Offline beta is a Gmail app built to support offline access, allowing mail to be read, responded to, searched and archived without network access. After first start-up, Gmail Offline will automatically synchronize messages and queued actions anytime Chrome is running and an Internet connection is available. More than just an offline app, the streamlined user interface, based off Gmailâ€™s popular tablet interface, provides extremely fast response time with a pure, email focused experience.
More Help and Information
- Installing Gmail offline for Google Chrome
- Working offline with Google Chrome
- Switching between online and offline
Offline Google Calendar
After Gmail, Google Calendar was the service that everyone was asking offline access for. Google released this also as a Chrome Web App available for everyone Â to install for free.
Installing the app Â and setting it up takes only few minutes. Click here to install the app. Once this is installed, go to Google.com/calendar, and click on the settings icon on the top right corner. You will get a popup where you will need to click on “Enable”.
Once your offline access is ready, you get more options to control what is available when you are offline. Click the wrench icon, select “Offline” and then “Offline settings”. If you have multiple calendars, you can decide which one needs to be available offline.
Offline Calendar access won’t let you do everything that you do when you are connected. There are few things missing here.Â You can’t create new events, edit the existing events, search your calendars or print your calendars. You can only view some of the events from your calendars and RSVP to existing event invitations. Google Calendar doesn’t even save all the events from your calendars. When trying to find older events, Google Calendar showed this message: “Your offline calendar only contains events from Jul 21, 2011 to Jan 5, 2012”.
Offline Google Docs
Latest addition to the offline services, Google Docs, is also to set up. Click on the settings icon on the top right corner of your Google Docs window and click on “Set Up Docs Offline”Â Now, click on “Allow Access” Â on the next screen and you should be good to go!
Hope you got Gmail, Calendar and Google Docs with offline access now. Please drop in a comment if you need further information or help.