Starting today, Docs, Sheets, and Slides in Google Drive will automatically sync for offline use. Also, you can now create, and edit drawings while offline. Google says these new features will roll out to users over the next few days. Forgetting to make certain files available offline is an easy task, and now users won’t have to worry about that happening again.
In order to take advantage of the new offline syncing, you must have offline access enabled in Google Drive.
- Step 1: Head over to the Google Drive website.
- Step 2: On the left-hand side, select “More”, and then “Offline”.
- Step 3: Install the Drive Chrome web app if you haven’t already, and select “Enable Offline”.
Once you’ve enabled offline access, you can simply head to the website to access your important files. Currently, Chrome or Chrome OS is required in order to access files offline. Earlier today, Google announced other features to Drive such as profile pictures pulled in from Google+, group chat, and animal related profile pictures for anonymous users.
User photos are much more prominent now, and when you scroll over someone’s photo, you’re met with the same pop-up from Google+. From there, you can add them directly to a circle. For developers, earlier this month Google Drive introduced app data folders, and the ability to add custom permissions to files.