Chromebooks are designed for a connected world. But what happens when you are offline? Is your Chromebook still useful? Can I work from a Chromebook when it is offline?
By default, Chromebooks are useful to some extend even without a working internet connection. However, if you are prepared enough, going offline on a Chromebook can be a much better experience.
Read on to find out how to stay productive even when your Chromebook is off the internet!
It sure does. You can login and move around without any issues. You can browse and use your locally stored files too. You can remain productive even without internet connection. You can view and edit documents, play songs and watch movies, or edit pictures!
In the perfect world that Chrome OS imagines, you should be saving your files on the cloud. However, it won’t hurt storing some PDFs for reading, and some Music or Movies on the SSD card of your Chromebook. All (except an Acer model) Chromebooks use 16 GB SSDs for storage. You will get over 10GB for storing your files. You can use SD cards as well for additional storage.
And then there is a lot more that you can be prepared for. There are apps that work offline, and there is document editing, and there are even games that you can play on a Chromebook even when you are offline. We will look at each of them in detail.
There are Chrome apps designed to work perfect even when you are offline. Here are the top 10 Chrome Apps for your Chromebook.
Google Docs works offline too. But you will have to set this up first. Here is how:
via Google Docs Help Forum
QuickOffice is now built-in to Chrome OS. That means you can edit documents offline without any plugin or extension. When you open up an MS Word file on the Chromebook, the Quickoffice app picks that up and opens up in a new tab. Quick Office is a company/product that Google acquired recently.
Here is a detailed article: Editing MS Word Documents on a Chromebook
Gaming! Now we are talking! I am sure you are going to need some offline games loaded on your Chromebook for those downtimes and long trips! Here is a small collection! ( I am not a gamer at all. If you know any other offline Chromebooks games, drop me an email!)
We are still waiting for a Chrome App for Google Play music, with offline support. But for now, the built-in media player can play media that you have stored on your Chromebook’s local storage or an external storage device (SD cards, USB etc)
The player offers the following features:
The following file types are supported:
You can use the built-in image editor on your Chromebook to easily touch up photos and other images you’ve saved, even when you are offline. Changes are saved automatically. While browsing images on the Files app, click the pencil icon to being up the image editor.
Do you have suggestions, apps or tips to make Chromebooks more useful when they are offline? Drop me a comment! Or, if you have anything that you would love to do on a Chromebook and do not know how, write to me and I will do my best to find an answer for you!