Use offline settings in Outlook.com

Offline access lets you use Outlook.com on your laptop or desktop computer when you’re not connected to the internet. After you’ve enabled offline access, Outlook.com works in an offline mode as needed depending on your network connection. When you’re online, Outlook.com automatically updates the offline information. To use offline access, you need at least Internet Explorer 10, Safari 5, or Chrome 24.

Note: Offline access is not supported in the Outlook.com beta.

What can I do when I’m offline?

Most tasks that you can do online are available when you’re offline. Tasks you can do while offline include but aren’t limited to:

  • Reading and responding to messages

  • Sending new messages

  • Viewing and editing your calendar

  • Responding to meeting requests

  • Viewing and editing your contacts

If you try to do something that’s not available offline, either you will see an error message, or what you did will change back. Anything that you do while offline will be uploaded to the server when you reconnect to a network.

How do I turn offline access on or off?

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

    Note: Offline access is not supported in the Outlook.com beta.

  2. Select Settings Settings icon > Offline settings.

  3. Select or clear the Turn on offline access check box.

  4. Select OK.

When you turn on offline access in some browsers, you might see a message warning you that the website is requesting space on your disk. For the best offline experience, accept the request for space.

Warning:  You should not turn on offline access on a computer that you share with others.

What else do I need to know?

  • Offline access might not make all of your email and calendar information available offline. Some of the available features and limitations are:

    • The last few days of messages. Supported folders include Inbox, Drafts, and any folders viewed within the last few days, up to 20 folders. If you’ve viewed more than 20 folders in the last few days, the most recent 18 plus Inbox and Drafts will be available.

    • In each folder that’s available offline, you will see three days of content, or 150 items, whichever is larger.

    • Attachments aren’t available when offline.

    • A limited set of upcoming calendar reminders. If you’re offline for a long period of time, calendar reminders will stop working until you go online and Outlook.com can download current information.

    • Only your primary Calendar will be available offline.

    • All the items in your Contacts folder, plus any people that you email often and any that you’ve emailed recently.

    • Offline access doesn’t include archived folders, Team folders, tasks, or Favorites.

    • You can’t search for or sort items in your mailbox when offline, and the built-in filters won’t work when you’re offline.

  • You have to enable offline access on each computer that you want to be able to use Outlook.com on when you're not connected to a network.

  • Offline access for Outlook.com is designed for portable computers such as laptops and notebooks. It can't be enabled in browsers on smaller devices, such as tablets and smartphones.

  • Your web browser determines where on your computer the offline information is stored and how much space it can use. If your offline information won’t fit in the space that’s been set aside, you might be prompted to increase it. If the space can’t be increased, less of your information will be available when you’re offline.

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