Every time when you have to access Google Drive files in offline mode, you have to make use of the official Backup & Sync desktop client. But we all know how horrible that application is. But you no longer have to deal with the said app as Google Drive is introducing offline saving mode in its own page. Now you can access your files directly from Google Drive even when you are offline. There is no need for you to depend on any application.
The company wrote in a blog post:
“You can already make Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files available offline.”
The company also added:
“Now, as a part of a new beta, you can mark also PDF, image, Microsoft Office, and other non-Google files for offline access using Google Drive on Chrome.”
However, the functionality is currently limited to G Suite organizations who have been selected into the beta programs for File Stream and offline access. But the feature should also be available for regular Gmail accounts once offline access is enabled. However, the functionality is still limited to Chrome.
Cloud services feel great unless you are unable to access an important file in offline mode. This brings out the frustration. But with the addition of this newest feature in Google Drive, you no longer have to stay dependent on your internet connection or any other app. This feature will allow you to access your Google files whenever you want even when you don’t have the aid of the internet. This is actually a very good news for the users. Google is currently testing the capability to save PDFs, Microsoft Office, images and other Google files stored on Drive offline.
The company is also accepting apps for a new beta that will allow testers to mark the non-Google files that they want to access in offline mode. But this feature is currently only limited to G Suite organization. However, you can take advantage of this feature at an earlier stage if you are making use of the Chrome browser.