Google Docs iPhone – How to Make a File Available Offline

  • The Google Docs iPhone app lets you make individual files available for offline use.
  • You can also adjust a setting in the app so that all of your recent files will be available offline, too.
  • Any changes made to your documents while offline will sync with your account when you have an Internet connection again.
  1. Open the Google Docs app.
  2. Touch the three dots next to a file.
  3. Select the Make available offline option.

While your iPhone will typically have an Internet connection wherever you are, occasionally you may find yourself someplace where you can;t get a cellular or Wi-Fi connection.

If you were planning on working on a document when you don’t have an Internet connection, then this could be problematic.

Luckily you can make a file available offline in the Google Docs iPhone app so that you can edit it even when you don’t have an Internet connection.

Our guide below will show you how to make Google Docs files available offline with the iPhone app either individually, or by changing a setting so that all of your recent files are available offline.

How to Make Files Available Offline in the Google Docs iPhone App

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.3.1. I am using the most current version of the app available when this article was written.

Step 1: Open the Google Docs app.

open the Google Docs app

Step 2: Tap the menu button (the button with three dots) to the right of a file you want to make available offline.

tap the three dots next to a file

Step 3: Select the Make available offline option.

how to make files available offline in Google Docs on an iPhone

How to Make Recent Files Available Offline in the Google Docs iPhone App

This section is going to show you how to change a setting in the Docs app so that all of your recent files will be available offline automatically.

Step 1: Open the Docs app.

Step 2: Touch the menu button at the top-left of the screen.

open the Google Docs iPhone menu

Step 3: Select the Settings option.

choose the Settings option

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Make recent files available offline.

how to make recent files available offline in Google Docs on an iPhone

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