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How to download a Google Docs

How to download a Google Docs

Google Docs logo on white background.

With Google Docs’ download option, you can download some or all of your documents from the cloud to your desktop and mobile devices in various formats. These formats include the popular formats such as PDF and Microsoft Word (DOCX). We’ll show you how to do it.

In Google Docs on your desktop and Android phone, you can download your documents in the format you want. However, on an iPhone or iPad, you can only make your documents available for offline use. This basically means that you technically can not download the files, but make them available for offline viewing in the Google Docs app.

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Download a Google Docs to your desktop

To download the documents to your desktop, first launch your preferred browser on your computer and open Google Docs. Log in to your account if you have not already done so.

On the Docs page, open the document you want to save to your computer.

When the document starts, choose File> Download from the menu bar. Then select the format in which you want to download the document.

The computer’s default “save” window opens. Here you select the folder you want to save the document in, and then click “Save”.

Your Google Docs has been downloaded to your computer for offline use. You’re ready.

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Download more or all Google Docs

To download multiple documents at once, go to Google Drive, select the documents you want to download, right-click on a document and select “Download”. Your files are downloaded in Microsoft Word (DOCX) format.

That’s all it takes. Enjoy!

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Save a Google Docs to Android

On Android, you can use the free Google Docs app to download your documents in various file formats.

To do so, first launch Google Docs on your phone. Then tap the document you want to download.

On the document screen, at the top right, tap the three dots.

Select the three dots at the top right.

From the three-dot menu that opens, select “Share and Export.”


In the “Share and export” menu, press “Save as”.


A “Save As” menu opens showing all the formats in which you can download the document. Select a format and then press “OK”.

Select a file format and press

Google Docs will download the file to your phone’s storage and you will find it in your phone’s file manager app.

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Make a Google document available offline on iPhone and iPad

On an iPhone or iPad, you can not download Google Docs files as you can on computers and Android. However, you can make your documents available offline, giving you access to your files in the Google Docs app even when you’re not connected to the internet.

To use that option, first open the Google Docs app on your phone. Then tap the document you want to make available locally.

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When the document screen opens, select the three dots at the top right.

Tap the three dots at the top right.

In the menu with three dots, at the bottom, press «Available offline».


Google Docs will make the selected document available offline. When you return to the Documents main screen, all offline files will be displayed with a check mark on them.

Documents available for offline use.

And this is how you bring your online-only Google documents to your various devices for offline use. Very useful!

You can also export all your Google Drive files to your devices. Check it out if you are interested.

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