This is irony!
As long as you have an internet connection, you are free to do anything on the web – be it checking your favorite social networking website or sending a business e-mail.
But once you’re connection is gone – ALAS! Your freedom is gone, your power to surf the web is gone, and your ability to send/receive emails is also gone!
You can lose your connection anytime, anywhere. You never know what’s going to happen next!
Well, I don’t want to dive you into any horror story, let’s get to the point!
As said before, it’s not virtually possible to send/receive e-mails once you’re offline. But that also means that you can’t check the mails you’ve received earlier – if you’re not on a POP/IMAP client!
That’s the sad part! And to add to the grief, you can’t schedule mails while using Gmail on the web being offline.
And this is where Google brought us a solution – Gmail offline – a web app within Google Chrome.
YES! Now, with Gmail offline, you can view all your previous e-mails as well as schedule new ones to send.
It can lead to tremendous benefits. You can check a mail for any info that you missed, you can schedule an urgent email without worrying to forget, and you can feel your inbox without being connected to the internet!
Certainly it’s not something very awesome, but it has some unique benefits for itself! You are not getting something huge, but it’s certainly something good, right?
How To Set Up Gmail Offline?
Things you’ll need:
- Latest version of Google Chrome browser (If you don’t have it, click here to download)
- Working internet connection (at the time of set up)
- Gmail Offline Chrome extension (You will find further details below)
- 5 minutes of time
How To Set Up:
- You need to download the official Gmail offline extension first in your Google Chrome browser. Click here to open the download page.You will see something like this:
- Add it to your Chrome browser. You can simply do it by pressing the “Add to Chrome” button.
- You will be asked to sign-in in case you haven’t. And then you will be asked for offline permission. It will look something like the below image:
Choose “Allow offline mail” and press “Continue”
- That’s it! You now have the Gmail offline web extension installed in your browser. It looks something like this:
Quick Tip: The first time you start Gmail offline web app, make sure to leave it idle for some time to let it download all your previous e-mails, sent history and attachments. This app does not download anything unless it isn’t opened by the user.
You can access Gmail offline by clicking on the Apps icon on top left of your Chrome browser.
How to compose an e-mail using Gmail Offline?
Here’s the crucial part, you need to know how you can actually write up an e-mail so that it would get queued to be sent once you’re connected.
It’s pretty simple. Press the compose button near the heading on the top. It’s highlighted in the below picture:
The compose window will open up, and you will be able to compose an e-mail. Refer to the image below:
Basic “how-to” of Gmail Offline
- Press the Menu icon (on the top left) to access your labels, trash button, spam button etc. and also to switch accounts.
- Press the gear icon (on the top right) for changing the settings.
- Press the refresh button (near Menu icon) to refresh G-mail Offline, and synchronize e-mails.
Disadvantages of Gmail Offline
- As said before, this app does not download anything in the background. If you want to keep it updated with all your latest emails, you need to run it with an active internet connection, so that it can download all your stuff.
- The interface is pretty simple, it may seem boring to some.
- The available features are limited. You cannot do anything more than sending, receiving and viewing e-mails, even with an active internet connection.
BONUS: Improve the performance of Gmail Offline
Use Gmail Offline Sync Optimizer to effectively sync your e-mails and keep Chrome faster. This can be very helpful in case you are facing issues while using Gmail Offline.
Click here to open the download page.
The page will look something like this:
Press the “Add to Chrome” button and the extension will be yours!
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Gmail Offline is indeed a good extension to access Gmail with the basic features even when you’re offline. Though the design is not very appealing, it’s extremely simple and one can get hold of it with ease. There are hardly any issues of this extension, except the fact that it doesn’t synchronize in the background, without having to open the app. Of course you don’t need extra features while being offline, so availability of limited features is not a major issue.
What do you think about Gmail Offline? Isn’t it a worthy extension?