Chromebooks can, if necessary, be set up to work without internet access. Configuring offline access is only recommended in situations where students are assigned to a single device. Offline access is not a realistic option in a shared device situation. Remember, Chromebooks are designed to run on the web. Using them offline disables some of the best features of the device.
The new version of Gmail has greater support for offline use. Offline access can be enabled by visiting the Gmail settings (look for the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen) and visiting the offline tab.
Look for the lightning bolt on the app description, which indicates offline compatibility. You can also browse all of the offline-capable apps here.Here are a few helpful titles to install (search by name in the Chrome Web Store):
My adult daughter is living temporarily at a house. She has no internet, but needs to get her thousands of photos off her phone into storage or somewhere she can access them later to put on a disc or flash drive. Which is better to own a chromebook or a laptop?
Hi there! I am loaning someone a chromebook so that they can access some zoom meetings over the next few weeks. They have no internet in their home and no mobile phone. I thought about getting them a dongle but don;t know anything about dongles and whether this would enable them to get online with their chromebook if they have no internet at home to start with? Anyone able to help advise if I can use a dongle/mifi and if so which might be best?
Progressive web apps are like mobile app versions of a website but with more features, such as offline use, the option to pin them to the taskbar, support for push notifications and updates and access to hardware features. You can find Microsoft Office 365 PWAs like Outlook and OneDrive, and they work great on Chromebooks. Here's where to find them and install them so you can still use Office on a Chromebook.
Since the PWA behaves like installed software, you can do things like pin it to the taskbar, get notifications, work offline and easily resize it. The rest of the experience is the same as using the web versions. I actually prefer the PWA versions to the full Office downloads for most things.
Chromebooks used to be useless when they weren't online. When Chromebooks were released in 2019, they relied on Google's cloud-based apps. You couldn't even write a document with an old Chromebook when it was disconnected from the internet. But things have improved. The best new Chromebooks don't suffer from this problem. Now, an offline Chromebook can use many of its cloud-based apps, with each app syncing its data as soon as you reconnect to the internet.
When you use a Chromebook, it pays to be online whenever possible. The offline features are limited in some way and are intended to be used when the internet isn't available. However, if you wish to test these features before you need them, you can disconnect from the internet intentionally by taking the following steps:
These apps automatically save any documents you've made or edited to your Chromebook. This means that, even when you're disconnected from the internet, you have access to these documents. These offline documents can be edited by opening the apps on your Chromebook or through Google Drive.
Your Chromebook cannot sync these documents with Google Drive while offline. Instead, changes automatically save locally on your Chromebook. When you reconnect to the internet, the documents sync automatically with Google Drive.
Google's productivity apps and Gmail have settings that let you use them offline. However, unlike the above apps, Google's offline mode isn't activated by default. To turn on these settings and gain offline access to your Gmail inbox, take the following steps:
This guide covers some common things you might want to do with a Chromebook while offline. A disconnected Chromebook can generally use any app or file that's been downloaded to it that does not require an internet connection. Many streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus let subscribers download videos to view on the go. YouTube Premium subscribers can download videos to watch without an internet connection.
Update: After a trip overseas in a land where WiFi is hard to come by, sending emails offline was a blessing and I was very appreciate that this technology exists. As soon as I got an active connection, all my emails that I composed offline sent without an issue. The timestamps were a little messed up, but otherwise, it works!
Not to confuse you- but my point is that you can use any Google office product offline and your work will be saved, then automatically updated when you get connected. Pretty nifty if you have hours of blocks where you have no active connection.
As the name states, Google Keep is made by Google and is basically an extension that allows you to save web pages, pictures, URLs, articles, snippets, web clippings, notes, text, and more for offline viewing.
Lastly, if you really need to play every type of file offline, consider installing Linux and downloading a media player. Or getting something like VLC for Chromebooks to watch your movies and videos anytime.
If you have a Windows computer, Mac computer, or a Chromebook, you can use libbyapp.com to stream titles in your web browser. For the best functionality, use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge (Chromium). This site offers the same great features as the app-store version of Libby, minus the ability to download books for offline use. To access this functionality, you can download the Libby app for iOS or Android on a compatible device.
@julde I can't speak to being able to access your iTunes library from Google Music, but if that's possible I would imagine it would require you to have iCloud Music Library, which requires either an iTunes Match or Apple Music subscription. But you wouldn't be able to sync music to your iPod thorough a Chromebook. That requires iTunes to be installed on the system, and that's only available for Windows and Mac. But if you have an iPod touch, then if your music library is in the cloud thanks to iCloud Music Library, you wouldn't have to sync it with a PC in the first place. It would just update over WiFi, and you'd stream your music from the cloud. You would also be able to download specific albums/artists/songs to your iPod in order to have them available for offline playing.If the application supports Offline Mode, then yes you can use it offline. Gmail and Google Docs/Drive support offline mode, so they would be usable in the situation you describe.Google Docs has Google's equivalents of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. They can open MS Office file formats and save documents in MS Office file formats, and they're free for anyone with a Google account. However, if your documents have complex formatting, these conversions when opening and saving between formats might not work perfectly. In that case, you'd want to have an Office 365 subscription, which will allow you to use Office Web Apps. Those are the browser-based versions of the real MS Office apps.In terms of pros and cons, the pros are that Chromebooks tend to be highly portable, have good battery life, and represent a solid value proposition. But more importantly, the main pro of using Chrome OS itself as opposed to Windows and macOS is that you get an environment that's a lot simpler to deal with. You don't have to deal with tons of app and OS updates all the time, you won't have nearly as much troubleshooting to do, and there's just a lot less risk of things going wrong in general, either in terms of compatibility/interoperability or malware. It pretty much just works. In terms of cons, that same simplicity that makes Chrome OS so reliable, easy to use, and hassle-free is also the source of its constraints. You can't use popular Windows or macOS applications; you're limited to whatever is available for Chrome OS, which basically means browser-based applications and Chrome browser plugins. In fairness, there are some very impressive browser-based applications and plugins these days, so you can get a lot done in a browser -- that's what makes Chrome OS a viable market offering to begin with -- but if you find that you'd want to use some application that exists on Windows, you can't just install it like you can on a normal laptop. The other con is that sometimes the value proposition of Chromebooks is taken a bit too far. If you're coming from a proper laptop to a $200 Chromebook, don't expect the same hardware quality at all. The cheap Chromebooks have small and/or cheap displays (low brightness and color coverage), cheap keyboards, cheap plastic, and pretty limited CPU and memory specs that can become an issue if you tend to keep lots of tabs open. There are some nice Chromebooks in terms of build quality and hardware specs, but they're in the $500-600 range -- but at that point you're at or near the cost territory of low-end "regular" laptops.
Chromebook will automatically save your Google Drive documents so you can read and edit them when you're offline. A pop up will appear in the bottom left corner of the window while documents are being synced.
Beyond the basics, you can download Kindle eBooks, videos, music, and PDFs to view offline. Use a Chrome app like Google Keep to compose notes or manage your to-do list with an app like Wunderlist or Any.DO. You can even purchase TV shows and movies from Google Play Movies & TV and download them to watch them offline, too. If you just want to kill some time, you can also install games that run offline.
There are now plenty of what Google calls "offline-ready apps" that can work when the Chromebook is not connected to the internet. That said, the best experience always comes from having the Chromebook connected to the internet for web browsing.
Can you tell me more about the library's various mobile devices?Mobile WiFi Hotspots: a WiFi hotspot is a device you can use to connect other gadgets, such as laptops, smartphones or tablets, to the internet. The library's hotspots use T-Mobile's network to access the internet so they can only provide internet access in areas where T-Mobile service is available - much like a cell phone. The hotspots are portable so you can use them to connect various devices to internet at home or on the go. Up to 10 devices can connect to the internet through one mobile hotspot. If available, the library's mobile hotspots can be checked out in conjunction with a Chromebook or iPad.Chromebooks: the library's Chromebooks are small laptops that run Google's Chrome Operating System (instead of Windows or macOS). They are designed to be used primarily while connected to the internet to access applications or documents that live in the cloud. You can sign in to a library Chromebook using your own Gmail account to access any documents, pictures, apps, or other items associated with your personal Google account. If you do not have a free Gmail account and do not want to sign up for one, you can use the library's Chromebooks via their Guest User setting. iPads: the library's mobile tablets can be used online or offline, but offer the most functionality when connected to the internet. These are tablet computers with touch screens that can be used to access various applications. iPads checkout with some preloaded apps.The library serves as administrator for these devices and ALL content and data is erased upon return.How can I check out a mobile device?To check out a tablet you must be at least 18 years old and have a current library card in good standing with up to date contact information (address, phone, email). 2b1af7f3a8