Open your most important files faster on mobile

By Office Feature PM on November 27, 2019

Hi, I’m Sammy, a PM on the Office team working on Office for iOS.

When you’re trying to get work done on the go, you expect experiences to be fast. To help you get back to your Office files instantly while using your mobile device, Word and PowerPoint on iOS now download your most recent and recommended files automatically! This feature is also available in the new Office app currently in public preview for both iOS and Android. These files are also made available offline so you can open them even when you don’t have a data connection.

To minimize mobile data usage, downloads only happen over Wi-Fi by default. To enable downloading over cellular, you can toggle off the “Download Over Wi-Fi Only” setting in Settings > Offline Files.

Want to turn off this feature? Simply toggle off the “Recent Files Available Offline” setting.

The mobile Settings menu for Offline Files in Excel on iOS, showing the Download Over Wi-Fi Only and Recent Files Available Offline toggles

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What about disk space?

To minimize disk space usage, we only download your most recent and recommended files. We also prevent large files from being downloaded automatically.


For iOS, this feature is available in the 2.32 or later Insider builds of Word and PowerPoint.

You can also see this feature in action in the new Office app (public preview) on both iOS and Android.


If you have any feedback or suggestions, you can submit them using the Settings > Help & Feedback menu.

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