2. Chrome Sync
The second way you can stay connected while on the go is by setting up Chrome Sync on all your devices. Once enabled, Chrome Sync captures your browser preferences, bookmarks, apps, extensions, and themes automatically and syncs them instantly to your Google Account. This is an especially powerful feature for those of us who are constantly accessing different devices throughout the day or when traveling.
For example, when I travel I bring my smartphone, MacBook and Chromebook. All my essential docs, apps, and bookmarks are automatically updated to each. Being able to transition seamlessly from any of those devices is very often the difference between meeting a deadline and not. To learn how to set up Chrome sync on your devices, read our post Pro Tip: Utilizing Chrome Sync.
3. Google's Offline Services
One of the improvements to Google’s offerings that has really impacted productivity is the addition of offline availability for Google Drive. You can now access Google Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations while offline. Great for finishing up that presentation or proposal while flying! Once your internet connection is reestablished, your edits will be updated automatically. To learn how to enable offline access, read our post How to Enable Slides for Offline Editing. The instructions apply to Documents and Spreadsheets as well.
You also have the opportunity to access your Gmail and Calendar while offline. To access these, you will need to add the apps to Chrome from the Web Store. You can also add the apps through the settings menu of Gmail and via the Calendar’s ‘Gear’ drop down menu.
The image below shows where to add Offline access for Gmail.
After installed, you will need to ‘Allow offline mail’. Once you click ‘Continue’, you will be able to manage and compose email when not connected to the internet.
As for Calendar, once Offline is enabled you will be able to view and respond to events.
Note: Do not enable Calendar Offline if you are using a shared computer as your information will be saved to the Chrome browser on that computer.
4. Mobile Apps
The fourth way you can stay connected while on the go is by installing Google apps to your mobile device. These apps allow you to communicate with your team, edit and produce documents, and manage your schedule all from your mobile device. To learn how to install Mobile apps to your smartphones or tablets, please refer to one of these expert posts.
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