Jaeyou Park

Marketing Associate - 15 Nov, 2018

Gmail Offline: Staying Productive on the Road

Have you ever had to compose an email from a spot where there’s no WiFi? With Gmail offline in Shift, you can do just that. 📧

The days of carrier pigeons and the Pony Express are long gone. However, it can still 100% feel like you’re stuck in the Wild West when the WiFi stops working. Then, you have to try to connect to weak and unsafe free public hotspots… STILL NO DICE. 🚫🎲

We feel your pain, it’s annoying. That said, Gmail has a way around this. That solution is called Gmail offline mode—and it’s a Godsend. Using it, you can read, respond to, and even search your Gmail messages while you’re away from civilization.


Turn on Gmail offline

To use Gmail’s offline mode, you have to log in and out of each of your Gmail accounts to enable it; that is unless you have Shift.

gmail offline mode in shift

1. Go to “Settings”
2. Click the “Offline” tab
3. Check “Enable offline mail”
4. Set your sync settings from 7/30/90 days options — “how many days’ worth of emails do you want to access?”
5. Hit “Save changes”

Note: You can use Gmail offline in Shift with multiple Gmail accounts – party!


What “offline” means
Offline means precisely what it says. You’re not connected to any form of internet connection. As a result, because you’re offline, there are a few things you can’t do.

That said, there are also a couple of things you can.


What you can do with Gmail offline
– View synced emails from your inbox without internet access.
– Store emails up to 7, 30, or 90 days old.
– Compose a new email: When you hit “send” while in offline mode, the composed message will be saved to your outbox and send automatically when you are back online.

Who knew offline emailing could ever be a thing?

As usual, Google did. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯