How to Make Gmail Emails Available Offline

It may be recalled that many corporations, especially educational institutes are now using Gmail as their primary email tool, while general internet users are also following the trend and shifting from Yahoo/Hotmail to Gmail.

Today we will learn on how to enable Gmail work offline too, just in case you don’t have internet connection, or may be Gmail server is down – even then you can check your (old) email and that too with attachments, compose new emails and do plentiful of other tasks. Gmail Offline coupled with search ability makes it far better than any other email client – so now all your emails (which are year’s old are just a click away, regardless your internet connection is alive or not)

Step 1:

To use Gmail offline email feature, you need to have Google Gears installed on our system. Install Google Gears from following link

Step 2:

Once Google Gears is installed,

  • sign in your Gmail account and go to Settings (Setting button is available on right top button panel)
  • In Settings, go to Labs
  • Enable Offline
  • Save Setting


And here you are done.

After installation, synchronization process will take place and may take few hours or days to download your emails and attachments.

You can control Gmail to not to download attachments, or similar setting by going into Settings->Offline.


Another feature of Gmail Offline is Flaky Connection mode: which means, for slower internet connections, Gmail will work offline for you in real but at same time, it will keep synchronizing the data in background.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • Ali

    its also good news for slow internet users…

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  • zubair

    Good info

  • great feature thanx for sharing

  • Vendetta

    That’s a really nice tip.

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  • imi

    but i think from using gmail offline its better to use it with outlook express its also kind of offline

    • Yea, you are right, but search feature on web is the most useful tool, especially for ppl like me who have thousands of emails in inbox. Moreover, you can search chats on web too (searching chat discussions is something missing with outlook).

  • Rashid

    thank yew very much yara

  • yeah! thats a good experiment.

  • An amazing and wonderfully useful information about google working offline. First time an offline tool which was longtime needed by email users who have either no internet or slow connections.
    Thanks Google for yet another wonderful facility.

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