Google Shutting Down Gmail Offline Chrome App This December

Google Shutting Down Gmail Offline Chrome App This December

Google launched the Gmail Offline app for Chrome OS back in 2011. The app enabled Gmail users to read and search their emails when they were not connected to the internet. At that point in time there was not much Chrome OS device owners could do when they didn’t have an internet connection. The app also allowed them to compose emails that could be sent once the device was connected to the internet.

Do you use Chrome’s Gmail Offline app to access your email offline? That app is shutting down on December 3, but you can still access Gmail offline on your computer. For years using Gmail offline meant using a Chrome app with its own user interface.

It was not great, but it worked. It is also no longer necessary: one of the best features in the new Gmail is the ability to use the full Gmail interface offline, without any app to install. It is a pretty big improvement, and it does not take long to enable.

The app became redundant earlier this year when Google brought native offline access as part of a major update to the core Gmail web app. It mentioned at that time that it would not be long before the Gmail Offline Chrome app would be discontinued. It has now confirmed when this is going to happen as mentioned above.

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How to Enable Gmail Offline Mode

Step 1 ====> In Gmail account, go to the Settings

Google Shutting Down Gmail Offline Chrome App This December

Step 2 ====> From here click Offline

Google Shutting Down Gmail Offline Chrome App This December

Step 3 ====> Then check Enable Offline Mail.

Google Shutting Down Gmail Offline Chrome App This December

You can now use the full version of Gmail whether you are online or off. You can configure how many days worth of email to include, and whether to include attachments.

This feature only works if you are using the Chrome browser, but the old app was also a Chrome exclusive, so there is no change on that front.

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