How to use Gmail offline

James Marshall
May 17, 2018

During the I/O 2018, Google announced a bunch of new features for Gmail users including complete redesign, smart compose, etc.

At the bottom, click Advanced.

"[You can] read, respond to, and search your Gmail messages even when you aren't connected to the Internet", a Gmail Help document explains. Previously this feature was available for Chrome users as an add-on for the browser, but this naturally hinders performance like most add-ons. And less than a month after it first announced major updates to Gmail, the company is rolling two new features- Nudge and Offline mode- to its users. The new in-built offline feature is certainly an upgrade and is a boon for users who would like to stay productive even in areas where they expect to be limited or no connectivity.

Google has finally given Gmail users something they've been asking for: the ability to use Gmail offline.

Under "Privacy and security", click Content settings.

· Keep offline data on my computer - Data stored on your device will not be deleted when signing out of your Google account or when changing your password.

On the Offline menu click Enable Offline Mail and you'll see a screen with several options on it (Figure C).

Gmail Update Will Now Nudge Users To Respond To Emails
Gmail Offline mode and Nudges are now rolling out to users

You can store emails for up to 90 days through Gmail offline, as well as queue up messages for when you next get a connection.

On your computer, make sure you've downloaded Chrome.

Before going offline, open Gmail in Chrome so that Gmail is already loaded.

To disable Gmail offline simply go back to the Offline page in the Settings menu and clear the Enable Offline Mail check box.

Under "All cookies and site data", click Remove all.

Once you've chosen how you want to set up your offline sync click Save Changes, but don't close out of Chrome yet!

Offline mode is only available for people using Chrome, so if that isn't now your browser of choice, you'll need to download it for starters.

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