Google Docs can be used offline if you install the Chrome add on. Moreover, I can upload local documents to Google Drive and work with them in Google Docs.

Now suppose that I am offline and I have a local document in my laptop.

Can I get it open on Google Docs (while being offline)?


2 Answers 2


Open local files and convert them to Google Docs editors format it's not supported.

From Use Google Drive files offline

If you aren't connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network, you can still view and edit files, including:

  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides

Google Docs only supports offline access after you've enabled it on your Google Drive account; and it's only supported with the Google Docs Offline extension in the Google Chrome browser.

See https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375012?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en for information about enabling and setting up offline access.

  • I have offline access enabled and working perfectly. This question is about opening local files with Google Docs, while being offline.
    – a06e
    Commented Nov 20, 2017 at 8:59

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