February 23, 2021
Gmail Offline Chrome app

Google Sunsetting Gmail Offline, Advises Users to Toggle On New Built-In Function

The Gmail Offline Chrome app will officially retire on December 3rd of this year, as Google tells users to enable the new built-in function…

Google totally redesigned Gmail for the web back in April. It debuted with a number of new features. These include tools like Smart Reply and Smart Compose, along with nudging, and quick app access. Now, it’s shutting down because the standalone service isn’t necessary.

Gmail Offline Chrome App Shut Down Announced

The Gmail Offline Chrome app will retire on December 3rd, 2018, the company announced. The application was originally designed to work in conjunction with Chromebooks. These devices heavily depended on web connectivity. But, now quite a lot has changed about that. 

Google recommends users uninstalling the app and simply toggle on the same function in Gmail.

How to Enable Gmail Offline Mode on the Web for Desktop

To turn on Gmail Offline mode for desktop on the web, simply do the following:

  1. Navigate to Gmail on the web via desktop or laptop.
  2. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Scroll and select “Settings.”
  4. Find and click “Offline” on the horizontal tabs at the top. 
  5. Click “Enable offline mail.”
  6. Under “Security,” choose “Keep offline data on my computer” or “Remove offline data from my computer.”
  7. Click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom.

Here’s what the tech company wrote on the G Suite Updates Blog:

“We’ve heard from customers that they want to use the same Gmail app whether they’re online or off. Our new offline feature makes that possible, allowing you to search, write, delete, and archive up to 90 days of messages, even when you don’t have an internet connection.

This native capability is easier to use and performs better than the Gmail Offline Chrome app, so we’re removing it from the Chrome Web Store after December 3rd, 2018. This is part of our ongoing effort to move Chrome apps to the web.”

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