Gmail offline mode

Less than a few weeks ago if you wanted to have an offline mode in Gmail, you had to install an extension called “Gmail Offline”. Now Google has integrated this function straight in the email program, and has announced they will be ​retiring the extension from the Chrome Store.

The new feature is available for Gmail accounts used in the Chrome browser. It allows you to write, delete and search messages even if you don’t have an active Internet connection. It can work with an archive of up to 90 days of faxing, although you can adjust it to a smaller time frame.

To get your hands on your new feature follow these steps:

  1. Log into Gmail using your credentials.
  2. Click on Settings, that’s the Gear icon on the top-right corner. Click on “Settings” from the drop-down list.
  3. Click on the tab labeled “Offline”.
  4. Check the box that says “Enable offline mail”.

Once the mode has been enabled, you’ll see how much storage it’s using on your computer. On Sync settings you can set the amount of faxes on the archive. You can choose to store emails from the last 7, 30 and 90 days, and if you want to store the attachments too.

Finally, it lets you opt to keep or delete all the downloaded messages once you’ve signed out from your Gmail account. This gives you a safe way to handle your emails when you are not using Gmail offline anymore.

If you use Gmail along with an email fax service, this feature will let you keep those important faxes at hand when you are not able to connect to Internet. Just make sure you enable the option to store the attachments.

Google has been ​slowly rolling out this feature in the past ​few months, so by now you shouldn’t have a problem accessing it. In fact, they recommend uninstalling the extension as soon as you can. Have you tried it?

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