How to Enable Offline Access for Google Calendar, Docs and Gmail on Chrome and Chromebooks

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

Offline Gmail

After removing the original offline gmail access set up, Google re-introduced 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 Gmail’s popular tablet interface, provides extremely fast response time with a pure, email focused experience.

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Install it from here!

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  to install for free.

Installing the app  and setting it up takes only few minutes. Click here to install the app. Once this is installed, go to, 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. 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”.

Install it from here.

Offline Google Docs

Google Docs Offline

Google Docs Offline


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” Now, click on “Allow Access”  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.

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Cameron Beyer 28/09/2011, 5:44 pm

    Calendar is spelled with an “a” — not calender like you’ve written here. Your own screenshots are proof. Otherwise, good information to know!

    • Dinu 29/09/2011, 1:28 am

      I keep making that mistake 🙁 corrected for now.. thanks buddy!