I downloaded the Google Chrome application called "Offline Google Mail" by Google. I used it a few times (online), it works fine, syncs, whatever.

Yesterday I was on the bus and decided to give a try to Offline GMail in the real world. Except all I got was something like "Web application is not reachable". If I read this correctly, it's complaining that I am offline.

Do I have to be online for Offline to work? What is the point of Offline Gmail then?

  • Doesn't appear to be automaticly ready to work offline. Did you follow these instructions?
    – CharlieRB
    Nov 29, 2011 at 16:02
  • This link is for Google Gears, which is being discontinued - I am talking about the new version (they mention it on top of that page "support for offline in gmail is changing")
    – nute
    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:39
  • Maybe have to turn off wifi entirely...maybe...
    – rogerdpack
    Oct 13, 2020 at 5:10

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I've had that problem in the past. It is working for me now.

Install offline gmail at the Chrome Web Store (sounds like you've done that)

Use it from this url: https://mail.google.com/mail/mu/mp/601/?mui=ca#tl/Inbox or by opening a new tab in Chrome, finding offline gmail, and clicking it.

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