While Chromebooks and Google Drive are cloud-based (we will talk more about “the cloud” in a later module), that does not mean they do not function in places where there is no wifi. You can most certainly use your Chromebook without a wifi connection, you’ll just need to plan for that and make the files available offline that you will be wanting to work with/on where there is no wifi.

First of all, you MUST USE CHROME BROWSER. Firefox or other browers don’t have the capability to do this. Even if you are using a Windows computer, you should always be working in Chrome. Any other browser is going to have less features and less access for you. Again, to activate the offline availability, we are going to go into the settings for your Google Drive (just like we did to adjust the recently accessed files in the previous module). So, here is that screen again:

You aren’t done yet though. This doesn’t automatically make everything in your drive available offline, it adds a choice to the right-click menu of any of your files.

Now, you want to go back into your drive and select the files you want to have available to you offline.

So, if your wifi at home is unreliable, take two minutes before you leave your classroom at the end of the day, and make any files you need to work on at home available offline. The next time your Chromebook connects to wifi, it will sync the changes you made back into your Google Drive.

(I live out by Reed Ranch, and the wifi out there has historically been pretty weak. The Telus Hub is working well for us now. We have the middle plan, and two people can stream Netflix concurrently.)