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Google Chrome, the most popular browser in the world also allows you to browse offline. The feature is in-built and the option is not enabled by default. You need to enable the feature in Chrome flags.
The offline mode in Chrome works by using the cache files that were automatically downloaded to your computer when you visited the webpage last time. This means you can only open websites that you visited before in offline mode. Also, the offline mode will not work if you clean the temporary internet files or cache files.
Enable offline browsing mode using Chrome Flags
- Type chrome:flags in the address bar
- Press Ctrl + F to open Find window. Type show saved copy to narrow down to the option from hundreds of other entries
- From the drop-down window, select the option Enable: Primary
- Click on Relaunch Now to restart Chrome browser with the offline mode enabled.
Make web page available offline Chrome
- When you are offline, open a webpage that you visited previously
- You may notice a message Show saved copy. Click on it.
Chrome will now open the website using the cache files saved inside the computer.
- It is also worth Enable Offline Auto-Reload Mode which is just above the Show saved copy option inside Google flag options. This option automatically downloads webpage which you were not able to access offline.
- Also, enable Only Auto-Reload Visible Tabs to prevent being overwhelmed by loading all the pages at the same time.