You asked. We’re delivering. Writer can now work internet-free, so you can take your laptops to places without connectivity—like a running train or a long flight—and continue writing uninterrupted.

From creating documents to storing or sharing them, Writer was designed to be your powerful word processor on the cloud. However, we’re aware that it’s sometimes difficult to stay connected all the time—looking for a stable public Wi-Fi can be a hassle when you’re just trying to get work done.

We’ve been hard at work bringing you the same amazing Writer experience offline, and today, we’re delighted to show you what we’ve come up with. Writer now lets you create, edit, and save documents offline, across all your devices!

How it works

The flow is pretty straight-forward. Writer switches to an offline mode as soon as it detects connectivity loss. You can continue editing and creating documents, or even close the tabs when you’re done—Writer saves everything automatically. Once you’re reconnected, all that work you did offline syncs to your account in a snap!

Setting it up—as easy as it gets

On the web version, all you have to do is to enable Writer Offline from the dashboard. Twenty of your most recent documents will be taken offline straight away, and new documents you create will follow suit. Writer’s iOS and Android apps skip this setup process completely, as they come offline-enabled out of the box.

To enable Writer Offline on the web, go to > Offline, and click on Enable Writer Offline.

Apart from your recent documents, individual documents can be taken offline as well. And if you haven’t noticed already, Writer Offline works with all major browsers—not just Google Chrome!

We’re also rolling out Writer Offline for Zoho Sync soon. This will let users access and edit their Writer documents (.zdoc) offline, directly from the Finder/Explorer.

That’s all for now. We truly believe this update makes Writer the perfect writing companion you can take with you wherever you go. Imagine how much work you can get done during those crazy-long flights!

And as always, let us know how you like this update in the comment section below, or by posting in the Writer Community.

Happy writing!

Make Zoho do more for you: You can now use Writer, along with Sheet and Show, as part of our cloud office suite and other collaboration tools by signing up for Zoho Workplace or for Zoho One.

  1. Rui

    How about the Android app? Does it support this feature as well?


    • Rakeeb Rafeek

      Hello, Rui

      Yes, the Android App works offline by default. 20 of your most recent documents and the ones you recently opened will be available offline. You can also manually make a document available offline by going to Document Properties (info icon) and tapping on “Make Available Offline”.

      Thanks! 🙂

  2. Vanessa

    Wow! This is great news! Thank you for continuing to improve zoho products. When do you think zoho writer will be available with zoho sync?

    • Rakeeb Rafeek

      Hello Vanessa,

      Writer is available with Zoho Docs Sync as well. You can directly open documents from your Finder/Explorer, even offline.:)

  3. J

    I have a few suggestions for Zoho Writer….
    1: let me just say that it is AWESOME.
    2: Add more customization.
    3: Make it DOWNLOADABLE because it can be a pain to always work in the cloud.
    4: Make images be able to MOVE more FREELY, like no INLINE, or anything as an OPTION.
    5: Keep up the great work Zoho! NICE JOB!

    • Rakeeb Rafeek

      Thank you so much for the feedback! I’ve passed this on to the team as well. Though a separate downloadable version is still not available, you can make use of Zoho Docs Sync to view and access your files directly from your finder/explorer. And with this update, you can edit your documents offline as well! 🙂

      And if you don’t mind, could you tell us more about point number 2, “add more customization”? We’d love to get more details. 🙂

  4. boss


    • Rakeeb Rafeek

      Hello, there! How can we help you? 🙂

  5. Ushang ikwen

    I want to work offline

    • Rakeeb Rafeek

      Hello Ushang,

      To start working offline, go to > Offline tab > and click on Enable Writer Offline. 🙂

  6. Ali

    Now I have fallen for this writer as never before!

    • Rakeeb Rafeek

      Thank you so much, Ali! Really glad you’re enjoying using Writer. 🙂

  7. Sam

    Great work! Please add the option to publish blog posts to Zoho sites using Writer. I know you have a WordPress integration already.

    • Rakeeb Rafeek

      Thank you, Sam! We’re working with the Sites team to get the option out soon. Will keep you posted. =]

  8. Tarek Wanas

    Fantastic news! Fantastic work! This truly has a positive impact on my work.

    • Rakeeb Rafeek

      Thank you, Tarek! Really happy it’s helping you work better. That was the goal! 🙂