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Google Calendar desktop site can work offline again

If you occasionally need to access your calendar when you’re not connected to the Internet, the web interface of Google Calendar will become even more useful. When Google launched a new UI for the app in 2018, it meant that the ability to access data in the browser without an Internet connection was canceled.

Now, Google’s Workspace Updates blog states that the feature is back, but individual users need to enable it-for instructions, click here. If you haven’t seen this option, please check again later, it will be available in the next 15 days or so, or your administrator has disabled it.

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The blog post only mentions access to the Workspace account previously known as G Suite, but the support page does not state any restrictions, so we will see if a single free user is also involved.

  • Open Google Calendar.
  • Click the gear icon in the upper right corner, then click Settings.
  • Under “General” on the left, click “Offline” and open the offline calendar.
  • Click Reload now.
  • There is an icon in the upper right corner of the calendar to show that your calendar is syncing for offline use.
  • After the synchronization is complete, the status of your calendar will show “Ready to go offline.”
  • When offline, the calendar status is displayed as “offline”.
  • A notification appears: “You appear to be offline. Some actions may not work.”

Long-term users of GCal will notice that this is not the first time we have performed this kind of dance. When Google phased out Gears and supported HTML5, it did not resume offline access until the second half of 2011.

This time, the gap becomes less obvious, because it makes it easier to stay connected and can still be accessed via mobile phones when online or offline. Nonetheless, this only reminds us of how Google’s features can quietly come and go or move behind the paywall.

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