How To Work Figma Offline

Figma is a well-known and robust design software that is utilized by both individuals and companies to design website and app interfaces. A key advantage is its primary function as a browser-based tool, which enables users to work together on designs in real-time from any internet-connected device. However, if you require using Figma without an internet connection, is that achievable? Absolutely! In this blog article, we’ll walk you through the steps of using Figma offline.

Step 1: Install Figma Desktop App

While the web version of Figma doesn’t support offline access, the desktop app does. If you haven’t already, download and install the Figma Desktop App for your specific operating system (Windows, macOS, or Linux).

Step 2: Set Up Figma Files for Offline Use

Before you can work offline, you’ll need to open any files you want to use while connected to the internet. Figma’s desktop app automatically saves a cache of opened files, making them available for offline editing. Remember to open the specific pages or frames you want to work on, as Figma only caches what’s visible on your screen.

Step 3: Working Offline

Now that your chosen files are cached, you can work offline with ease. Simply disconnect from the internet, and you’ll still be able to open the Figma desktop app and access your files. Any changes you make while offline will be stored locally on your device.

Step 4: Syncing Your Changes

When you reconnect to the internet, Figma will automatically sync your offline work with the cloud. To ensure this, you should see an ‘Offline Changes’ badge at the top of the file, which disappears once the changes have been successfully synced.

Things to Remember

  • The Figma Desktop App is a must-have for offline access. The web version doesn’t support it.
  • Always open and load the files you want to use offline while you’re still connected to the internet.
  • Keep in mind that while you can view and edit files offline, functions like sharing, collaborating in real-time, and accessing the Figma Community will still require an internet connection.

In conclusion, though Figma is primarily an online tool, it’s fairly simple and convenient to set it up for offline use, which can be a lifesaver during travel or unexpected internet outages. Happy designing!