How to disable offline mode in Google Chrome?


What is offline mode in Google Chrome?

Offline mode is a feature in Google Chrome that allows you to access your favorite websites and browse the Internet without an Internet connection. It works by saving your web pages and data to the cache. This enables you to access information when there is no connection available or if you may be offline for a period of time, such as on an airplane flight.

Offline mode in Google Chrome is enabled automatically when you lose your connection to the Internet, however, it can also be enabled manually so that you can browse while offline.

Well, there are several factors why someone might want to use this feature but it’s most commonly used when computers lose internet connection. It’s a great way to save data and continue doing something even if there is no internet connection. In Google Chrome the feature called ‘offline mode’ enables you to load web pages offline, making them available when your computer loses or has no internet connection. This could be useful for many people who use public internet connections that have a limited quota, don’t have enough money to buy extra GBs from their ISP or simply miss out on important information through no fault of their own because they can’t receive it due to a slow connection.

How to turn on offline mode and how does offline mode work in Google Chrome?

To use offline mode in Google Chrome, all you need to do is add websites that will be accessible while offline. To add these websites: Open Google Chrome and click “Customize and control” at the top-right corner of your browser window (if using Windows), or go to “Settings” (if using Mac OS X). Click the “Show advanced settings” link at the bottom of that menu, then select “Privacy” in the left column. In this section, check the option for “Enable Offline Cache”.

Alternative you can download an extension from here.


Now you can visit sites while offline by going to chrome://apps/, right-clicking on a site, and selecting “Make available offline.” You may also enter a URL if you know it is available offline.

Note: Chrome will not make any website available offline by default; they must be selected by the user manually.

To access your list of cached websites while online, go to chrome://net-internals/#offline and click on one of the listed URLs to view its page data. You should see an ETag header containing a unique string of random letters and numbers. Copy this ID and paste it as the “Save as” option in chrome://apps, which can be used to view cached pages when offline.

In order to view cached pages in Google Chrome when you become disconnected from a network or Internet connection, you will need some way of copying those cached webpages as HTML files. To do so, first, go back to your browsing list on chrome://apps. At the top right of this interface, there is a pull-down menu next to each listed URL which can be used to create a bookmark. Select Create application shortcuts. A new window will open which shows the URL you just made an application shortcut of along with two buttons labeled Edit and Remove. Click on Edit. You can now, using various methods change how the page is viewed in Chrome when opened via this direct shortcut. These changes include creating home screen shortcuts for your device’s browser, setting custom settings like font size, etc., or even changing the web address itself (by altering information after chrome-extension:// ). When you are done making changes to your shortcut, click Done at the bottom right of this window. Now click on your newly created Shortcut app icon whenever it appears on any page; whether that be in your “Apps” list or while you’re browsing the web.

There are two ways to check if a web page is online or offline: Checking the address bar for an HTTP:// prefix Checking the status bar for either #offline or #online.

Google Chrome offers several features that can be used offline. It’s possible to open previously visited web pages which will then be available when there’s no internet connection, or do anything else on your computer as if online with Sync, translate, bookmark pages even with flash disabled using Data Saver and Cache Cleaner.

It should be noted that using Chrome’s offline mode can affect performance. Pages might load slower and some actions may have a slightly longer response time compared to the online experience, but this is still sufficient for browsing most web pages.

How to view bookmarks in offline mode?

Google chrome also offers users an offline mode wherein your individual bookmarks can be saved to their servers (accessible via any chrome device).

  1. You can access this option by clicking on the Icon, located in the upper right corner of your Google Chrome window.
  2. This opens up a drop-down menu with several choices; click on “About Google Chrome” at the bottom of this list.
  3. A new tab will open revealing information about Chrome and its version number. On this page, you will see a button that says “Show advanced settings…”
  4. When you click on it, another window pops up containing various settings; look for one labeled Privacy. Clicking on this window will give you more details about your bookmarks; click on “Content Settings…” and a new window opens up with even more options.
  5. Click on the button next to Bookmarks, which is labeled Always allowed in this window.
  6. Then click on the button labeled Done and close all of the open windows. Now try to re-enable offline mode.

How To Disable Offline Mode In Google Chrome?

To disable offline mode in Chrome, simply uncheck the “Enable Offline Cache” box under Privacy settings. This will delete all cached pages associated with your Google account if you log out of that account or restart Chrome.


To turn off offline mode in Google Chrome: exit out of it by clicking on File–> Exit; hold down Windows Key + R (this should bring up Run) and type in ” %appdata% \google\chrome\user data” (without the quotes) and press Enter; find a file called Current Session and delete it; restart Google Chrome.

Google Chrome will now be set to always open pages on your computer instead of saving them for offline use.”

Under the section “Offline Cache”, uncheck the box that says, “Enable offline cache.” A pop-up warning will appear that warns you about logging out of Chrome. Click on OK to confirm disabling offline mode in Google Chrome.

Enable offline mode in Google Chrome from mobile phone

To enable offline mode for your phone, open the Chrome browser and tap on “Menu” then choose Settings. Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of this tab and then click Content settings. Scroll down to the section labeled Offline and select Don’t allow any site to store data. Click Done on the popup box that appears.

If you are having issues entering or disabling offline mode on your computer or laptop, it is possible that are underlying issues with Google Chrome. Get in touch with one of our technicians to solve this for you.

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