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Offline Browsing – How to Enable in Google Chrome

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There are times when you don’t have an Internet connection or there might be a DNS error. Google Chrome is not just a web browser but software as a whole and customizable. You can change the language in Google Chrome, clear the browser cache to avoid errors. So, it is better if you can enable offline browsing in web browsers. Here’s how to enable offline browsing in the Google Chrome web browser on your PC and mobile devices.

Google Chrome is without a doubt the fastest and most used web browser in the world.

Chrome browser is the first choice of millions of mobile, tablet, laptop, desktop users in several countries.

The best thing about Chromes that gives it an edge over rival web browsers is its large library of extensions and plugins.

Security and speed are other prominent aspects of the Chrome Browser from Google. One of the most asked about features of Google Chrome is the offline browsing function.

Many wish to know how they can access or enable offline browsing on the Chrome browser. Well, it’s quite simple as you are about to learn in the instructions manual below.

What is Offline Browsing?

The question that many users wish to know the answer to when it comes to web browsing is linked to offline browsing.

What is offline browsing?

I will try to explain it in layman’s terms.

When you open any web page for the first time in any browser, page resources such as JavaScript, Stylesheets, and images all automatically saved in the browser’s cache.

When you open that page without the Internet connection, all that saved information will be loaded straight from the browser cache and displayed on your browser screen.

And this makes page loading on a web browser faster because there it doesn’t require reloading all web page resources all over again when you open the webpage. This is called offline browsing.

All major web browsers like Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and UC browser have this offline browsing feature.

However, on Google Chrome, you need to enable the offline feature manually as it is disabled by default. After enabling this feature, you can quickly access saved content from the browser cache for later offline use.


Steps to Enable

Here’s the step-by-step guide to enable offline browsing in Chrome web browser from Google. Follow every step carefully without skipping any of it.

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser on your device.
  2. Type chrome://flags/ in the address bar of theGoogle Chrome browser.
  3. On the list of options, search the Show Saved Copy Button option. (use CTRL+F for quick search)
    How to Enable Offline Browsing in Google Chrome - Search Show Saved Copy Button
  4. Click on the drop-down list box which is set as default.
  5. Here you will see four options: Default, Enable Primary, Enable Secondary and Disable.
  6. Select the Enable: Primary option from the list and close the browser tab.
    How to Enable Offline Browsing in Google Chrome - Enable Show Saved Copy Button
  7. Now when you open the Chrome browser next time without the Internet connection and type in the webpage address that you have already visited before, you will see a page as shown in the image below with the ‘Show Saved Copy’ button in blue.
  8. Click on the Show Saved Copy blue button to load the desired webpage content even when you are offline.

That’s all. If the feature does work in the first few attempts, try restarting the Chrome browser and repeat the above process, it will start working after some attempts.

The same process applies the Android devices also. Simply open the Google Chrome app and follow the same steps.

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