How to download files from Google Docs for offline use or sharing

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You can download Google Doc files on any computer or mobile device. Marko Geber/Getty Images
  • You can download a Google Docs file on your computer by opening the document in a web browser and using the File menu.
  • Both Android and iPhone owners can download Google Docs as a Microsoft Word file or PDF, or make a document available offline.
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Want to make a Google Docs document available offline? Downloading a document from Google Docs makes this possible. Once it downloads, you can edit or share the document as you would any other file.

How to download a Google Doc on your computer

The steps below will help you download a Google Doc on a computer running a Windows, MacOS, or ChromeOS operating system.

1. Open a web browser and navigate to Google Docs.

2. Open the document that you want to download.

3. Select File from the toolbar.

Google docs download File option
Click File and hover over Download in the dropdown menu. Matthew Smith

4. Navigate to Download. A sub-menu with a list of available document file types will appear. Select the file type you prefer to download.

Download google docs menu
Click a file format for your download. Matthew Smith

How to download a Google Doc using Google Drive

You can also download a Google Doc through the Google Drive interface. Google Drive, unlike Google Docs, will let you select and download multiple files at once. The document will download in the Microsoft Word file format (.docx).

1. Open a web browser and navigate to Google Drive.

2. Select and right-click the document you want to download. You can also hold the shift button on your keyboard to select multiple files at once, then right-click.

Google drive list of docs
Select one or multiple Doc files and right-click. Matthew Smith

3. Select Download.

Download menu google docs
Click Download to download a Doc as a Microsoft Word file. Matthew Smith

How to download a Google Doc on your iPhone

You can download a Google Doc on an iPhone with the Google Docs app.

1. Open the Google Docs app.

2. Find the document you want to download in the list of available documents.

3. Select the three-dot ellipsis () next to the document that you want to download.

Google docs mobile app
Tap the ellipses next to a doc. Matthew Smith

4. Tap Send a copy.

Google docs app menu
Select Send a copy. Matthew Smith

5. You’ll see a prompt to choose between a PDF or Word document. Select your preference and tap OK.

Send a copy options google docs app
Tap a format and tap OK. Matthew Smith

6. A new menu will appear. Select Save to Files.

Send a copy menu google docs app
Tap Save to Files. Matthew Smith

7. Navigate to the location where you want to save the file and tap Save.

Save to files menu google docs app
Select a destination for the file and tap Save. Matthew Smith

How to download a Google Doc on Android

Follow these steps to download a file from the Google Doc app on an Android device.

1. Open the Google Docs app.

2. Find the document you wish to download from your available documents.

3. Select the vertical three dots next to the document you wish to download.

Google docs android app
Tap the vertical dots next to a doc. Matthew Smith

4. Tap Download to save as a PDF, or select Save as Word (.docx) to save as a Word document.

Google docs android save menu
Tap Download or Save as Word (.docx). Matthew Smith

Google Docs will save the document to the Downloads folder on your Android device.

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