Chromebook Q&A – work offline on a Chromebook
Once a month I answer a listener Chromebook question!
Here is Kelly’s question:
“What are the limitations of a Chromebook when they’re offline? I’m wondering what the offline limitations are on a Chromebook and what you would recommend for students if they want to work on the bus or some other place for a short amount of time where they might not have an internet connection.”
Can you work offline on a Chromebook?
The short answer is Yes!
The Chromebook was designed as a connected device, so using one offline feels a bit like using a computer from 1992 (minsweeper anyone?).
There are two things you need to know:
- Offline access is NOT enabled by default. You need to enable offline access in Gmail, Drive, etc.
- Offline access is NOT recommended on a shared Chromebook.
Check out my detailed blog post on working offline on your Chromebook.
Here’s a quick rundown on the Google apps that can work offline:
- Google Drive
- Google Keep
In addition to these Google products, there are many Chrome apps and extensions that will work offline.
- Fast Typing
- Lucid Chart
- Beautiful audio editor
- Audio Recorder
- Polarr photo editor
You can look for more offline apps and extensions in the Chrome Webstore.
A new option to consider is Android apps through Google Play. In general, mobile apps feature better offline capabilities than web applications.
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