Google beta tests offline saving option for third-party files on Drive

Google is expanding the offline saving capability of its Drive cloud storage service, at least for G Suite organizations for now. The search giant has started beta testing a new feature of Drive that allows you to save non-Google files like PDFs, images, and Microsoft Office documents offline for later use when an internet connection becomes spotty, for example.

It should be noted that Drive already provides this option for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files. With the latest beta feature, you can take all your files with you and access them on the fly even without connecting to the web, which is often a requirement for opening files stored in the cloud.

Applications for the beta program are currently ongoing and eligible users can use it only when they're using Drive on Chrome. However, the feature does not currently work on Chrome OS, though Google says it's working to change that in the future.

To get started with the new feature, simply enable the offline option in the Drive or Docs settings and sign in to your account associated with your G Suite organization. You'll then be able to access the Drive File Stream and mark the non-Google files for offline availability.

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