Here’s how to use Gmail’s new offline mode


Google recently announced that it was overhauling the design of Gmail and adding a host of new features.

The biggest of which sees a new offline mode added that allows users to read messages, search their inbox and queue messages without the need to be connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data.

Google has said that the new feature is in the process of rolling out to Gmail users, however, you will need to be running Google Chrome version 61 or higher to be able to use the new offline mode.

You can check which version of Chrome you have by clicking on the three dots in the top right of your browser then selecting help > about Google Chrome.

If you are running a version less than 61 you will need to update.

How to enable Gmail offline

As well as running Chrome 61, you also need to make sure you are using the all new version of Gmail.

Now be mindful that this is still in the process of rolling out to all users. However, if it is available on your PC, click on the cog wheel icon and select ‘try new Gmail’.

Once logged into the new version you need to click on the cog icon again and select Settings, where you should then see an option for ‘Offline’. Click on it and select ‘Offline Mail’.

You can then update the settings to fit your preferences.

The new feature will help those who need to send email while travelling but do not always have access to an internet connection. The offline mode lets you store emails for up to 90 days.

As well as the offline mode Google also announced that a new feature called Smart Compose that promises to save you time by writing emails for you.

Smart Compose uses artificial intelligence to compose emails from your Gmail account on your behalf.

The feature is a follow on from Smart Reply which first appeared in the Gmail app last year.

Smart Reply offers up three automatic options for replying to an email.

Smart Compose works by offering up suggestions as you type an email. If you like the suggestion just hit the tab button on your keyboard and the suggestion will be added to your email.


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