How to enable offline browsing in Google Chrome

Offline Browsing is still not a very familiar term to many Windows Users, however, let me tell you that it might come very handy at times when you are without an internet connection. In this post, I am going to share a simple way using which you can cache the online pages and view them while the computer is without an internet connection.

Offline browsing in Chrome

Almost all the major browsers like Internet Explorer (Microsoft Edge), Opera and Mozilla Firefox offer offline browsing. The pages visited by user get cached in the system memory to be available later for offline viewing. If you’re looking to enable offline browsing in chrome, simply follow the steps mentioned below

  • In the address bar of Google chrome, simply type “Chrome://flags” (without the double quotes).
  • Chrome Flags

  • Look out for an option with “Enable show Saved copy Button” label. This basically enables the button which reads Show saved copy, while you are trying to browse a page in offline mode.
  • Offline browsing in Google Chrome

  • In the dropdown menu, which loads, select either “Enable: Primary” or “Enable: Secondary”. Selecting the primary option will enable a button as seen in the screenshot below and selecting the secondary option will enable a button just beside refresh button. Both ways, the function will be the same.

Once you are done selecting the desired option, Chrome will ask you to relaunch the browser and upon relaunching, you will see a button as in the screenshot above, which will fetch the saved cache data while you are offline.

In this process, most of the data including code (HTML, Scripts, CSS), Images etc get saved, however, items like videos will show an error message as it needs Internet to stream the content.

I hope it was useful for you, let me know if there’s any issue regarding this post or anything else related to Windows, I will be more than happy to help.

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