Gmail lab has introduced a new feature yesterday. Now you can access your Gmail offline. So if you have poor internet connectivity and your connection is lost at times, you can still access your Gmail from your web browser.
Gmail needs Gears to use this feature. Gears are required to download the local cache of your mail while you are connected to the internet. When your internet connection is lost, Gmail switches to offline mode automatically and uses the data stored on your computer’s hard drive.
What things you can do in offline mode?
You can do all of the things you are used to doing while reading your webmail online. You can read the messages, you can star and label them. Any messages that you send in offline mode will be placed in outbox and will be sent automatically when you are connected to internet.
How to enable offline mode?
Just follow the steps given below to enable offline mode. You require Gears to use this feature. So first download Gears before following any step.
- Click on settings tab and move on to labs tab.
- Now click on Offline link which appears on upper right hand corner of your account, next to your user name.
- Select Save Changes.
- When you click on Offline link, downloading of your messages will start.
Offline Gmail is still an experimental feature. So don’t be surprised if you run into some kinks that haven’t been completely ironed out yet.
[via : Gmail Blog]