Okay, so I have a problem. I have a Nexus 7 (rooted, unlocked bootloader, but no other changes to the system). I have a few google documents (native gdoc format, I'm the owner) that I'd like to edit in my spare, off-the-net time.

The problem is, when I select 'make available offline' in the application, the document appears in the offline tab, and I can edit it as long as I'm connected to a network. When I disconnect, wham, offline documents are set into read-only mode, I can select text, but I can't do anything else (also, there's that blue-ish bar on the top with ios-like "all docs" button).

So, what's going on? I really need to be able to edit some documents when I don't have an internet access.

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From the looks of it, at this point, marking something available offline only allows you to read it offline when using a mobile device (Source). However, you can edit and write files offline if you are using a computer or device running Chrome or Chrome OS. I'm sure at some point Google will allow editing offline, especially for tablets, but at this point, I am pretty sure that you can online view files offline. Sorry.

  • But I was able to edit offline documents some time ago, on my nexus 7! So why can't i do it now?
    – user36591
    Jun 26, 2013 at 16:43
  • Are you sure you were offline? Every site I have looked at, and when I try in on my own Galaxy S3, I get that you can only view files offline, but cannot edit them on mobile. Jun 26, 2013 at 16:44
  • ...Right, maybe I was online then, and I forgot about that little fact :( Sorry! ...Doesn't change the fact that it's absolutely stupid that I can't edit it offline.
    – user36591
    Jun 26, 2013 at 16:49
  • No problem. Even if it wasn't what you wanted to hear, could you please upvote my answer and mark it as the answer? Thanks. Jun 26, 2013 at 16:50
  • I've marked it as solved, but I can't upvote it for some reason :/
    – user36591
    Jun 26, 2013 at 16:51

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