On The Chromebook: Gmail Offline

In a previous post I covered several tools and tips for when you find yourself in the situation of being “offline” with your Chromebook. While offline means that you can’t send or receive emails, there is a way that you can at least access the email you have already. In fact, you can even compose emails that will be sent when your Chromebook is able to access WiFi again and resume normal “online” operations.


Get the App

  • On your Chromebook, use the Launcher tool to access your Google Apps and locate the Web Store app. You can also open the Chrome app and do a search for Chrome Web Store.
  • Locate the ‘Search the store’ box located in the top-left corner of the site, then type in the keywords “Gmail offline” and press Enter.
  • Scroll down to the list of “Apps” to find the entry for Gmail Offline.

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  • Click the ADD TO CHROME button to start the download.
  • When prompted, approve the app to initiate the install.

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Setup the App

  • Use the Launcher, located in the bottom-left corner of your Chromebook, to access the list of installed apps and find the Gmail Offline app.
  • When you run the Gmail Offline app for the first time, you may be prompted to ‘Allow offline mail’ so that the app can sync copies of recent mail to your device.

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Using the App

  • If you’ve ever used the Gmail app for iOS and Android, then you will notice that the interface is very similar to the Gmail Offline app.

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  • All email that the app was able to sync prior to going offline will be available here for you to read.
  • With the app you are able to:
    • Read emails
    • Archive or delete emails
    • Star emails
    • Organize emails into labels
    • Compose new emails or reply to existing ones
  • Note that email attachments may or may not be available, depending on whether the app was able to sync them to your Chromebook before going offline.

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When your Chromebook is able to resume normal online operations, the Gmail Offline app will automatically begin syncing all of your offline activity up to cloud and send any emails that were waiting in your Outbox.

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