How to use Google chrome in offline mode
Google Chrome has reached more than 1 billion active monthly users worldwide and continues to grow. Part of its popularity is due to its many features, but what do you do when you lack the internet and can’t connect to your favorite browser.
While the feature is still experimental, you can browse Chrome in offline mode. You aren’t actually browsing Chrome, and if you want to connect to a website that you haven’t been to before you are out of luck. However, if you have then you can view the cached copy of that website.
This feature has another use. If your internet’s not working well or you don’t have a way to connect you can use the cache to view websites that you’ve visited before.
Before you try, make sure your Google chrome browser is up to date. You can see which browser you are using by typing chrome://version into your URL window.
All set with the most recent version? Then go to chrome://flags and search for Show Saved Copy Button. You will see default as the setting along with the options Enable: Primary and Enable: Secondary. You want to choose Enable: Primary. Push the Relaunch Now button to make your change active.
After you make the change, when a page fails to load you will see a button asking you if you want to load the cached or stale copy. Before this change, you would likely get a message saying “This site can’t be reached.” The new screen states “This site can’t be reached” and gives you the option of reloading your browser or showing the saved copy.
Selecting Enable: Secondary puts the show saved copy button in a different location but it will still work the same.
If the website you want to reach is not saved in your cache, you will see the same screen but you will not have the option of pushing the Show Saved Copy button. Remember that, if you clear your cache, those websites originally saved in it will not be. You will have to visit then again when you are connected to the internet.
It’s possible to use this method in Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS and Android operating systems.
There are a few things to remember. Above all, remember that you are viewing old versions of webpages. If it’s a website that doesn’t change often, you are good to go. However, if it’s a website that frequently changes, you may not be seeing the information that you need to see.
When you go to enable offline mode, you will see a message in Chrome flags stating that the features are under-development features that could “change, break or disappear at any time.” It goes on to say “your browser may delete all your data, or your security and privacy could be compromised in unexpected ways.”
However, if you follow the instructions you should be fine.
Chrome also has a large number of apps that you can use offline. Browse them in the Chrome web store. These apps include Google mail offline, games like Solitaire, and productivity software including the myHomework student planner.
Happy browsing as you use the world’s most popular browser. Remember these tips next time you are without internet and you will still be able to visit your favorite websites.
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