Google Drive Introduces New Offline Mode Feature

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This feature will be accessible to all business and personals accounts, installation of windows is a prerequisite.

Adding to its series of innovations, Google Drive, in its recent blog post, has successfully announced the new feature which will allow all its users to access their PDFs, images, and Office files even while using the browser in an offline mode. 

Google Drive is a cloud-based software that allows users to store files in the cloud (on Google’s servers), synchronize and share them from any device.

It provides access to Google Docs and Google Slides, a part of the Google Docs Editors Suite, permitting collaborative editing of documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, and more.

Files created and edited via Google Docs suite are saved in Google Drive. In India, Google One currently allows 15 GB(free) of cloud storage for personal users and up to 2 TB (650 Rs/month) for business users. 

The new upgrade will allow the users to read, view and edit these files even while using the application without an internet connection. After a long wait of 2 years, this move came when the company started beta testing the following feature in 2019. 

Installation of Windows A Prerequisite, Says Google 

This feature will work in the Google Drive application for both Windows and Mac. Hence Windows must be installed in the device where one has to access the data. 

How Does The New Feature Work? 

First, one has to allow “Offline” mode in the Drive settings. Users may label their files offline after installing the application. After this, right-click on the supported file, and It will display an “Available offline” option.   

Google has announced that this function is available for personal and business accounts and all Google Workspace users, Cloud Identity Free, Cloud Identity Premium, and G Suite Basic accounts. 

Along with praise for constant and novel innovations, Google hasn’t failed to attract wide criticism from media members for its privacy policy.

As Google Drive stores a large amount of content, making the data of millions of people highly susceptible to any kind of breach. 

With the growing concerns around digital privacy and surveillance, it will be pretty interesting to see how this feature works out for Google to win over its skeptical user base worldwide.   

Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma
A lover of stories and people, you can always find me analysing and romanticising some form of art. As I try to make sense of the world around me, reading and writing about Geopolitics and Law with a cup of chai is something that keeps me sane on most days. Conversations on Films, History and Literature make my haven. I observe, listen and think a lot. Aside from organising and educating myself, articulating those thoughts through words is what sates my soul. Hence, writing makes up a good chunk of my personality, and I aim to use it for my surroundings as much as possible.

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