How To Stop Google Docs From Auto Saving

Google Docs is a powerful tool that enables users to create, edit, and share documents in an online platform. One of its most notable features is the auto-save function, which automatically saves any changes you make to a document. This eliminates the risk of losing work due to application crashes or power outages. However, there might be instances where you would prefer to manually control when your document is saved. Though Google Docs does not offer an inbuilt option to disable the auto-save feature, there’s still a workaround you can use.

Going Offline

The most effective method to stop Google Docs from autosaving your work is to use the platform while being offline. When offline, Google Docs cannot automatically save your changes to the cloud, effectively disabling the autosave feature. Please note that this method requires you to enable offline access beforehand.

How to Enable Offline Access

To enable offline access on Google Docs, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Google Docs and sign in to your account.
  2. Click on the Menu icon (the three horizontal lines at the top left corner).
  3. Select Settings.
  4. In the Offline section, turn Offline slider on.

How to Work Offline

Once offline access is enabled, here’s how to work offline:

  1. Disconnect from your internet.
  2. Open Google Docs. You’ll notice that all the documents are available for editing.
  3. Edit the document.
  4. Once you’re done editing and want to save the changes, reconnect to the internet. Changes will be synced with the cloud.

A Word of Caution

While this method might serve the purpose of disabling the auto-save feature, it’s worth noting that any changes you make to your document while offline will not be saved in real-time. This could potentially lead to loss of all your edits if you experience a system crash or power outage before reconnecting to the internet. Therefore, use this method judiciously and make sure to reconnect and sync your changes frequently.