Definition of Offline or offline (informatics)

Offline or off-line is an English word that translates into Spanish as offline. In computing it means:

1 In telecommunications, off-line is used to designate a computer or any system or device that is not operational, is turned off, or does not access the network.

2 Status of a user when not connected to an internet service. For example, when a user is not connected to the messenger it is «offline» or «out of line»; if it is not connected to Facebook then it is said to be «offline», etc.

3 Sometimes a computer is said to be offline when it is turned off and does not work properly. For example, «printer offline».

4 Some content or application is said to be available offline, when it is not necessary to connect to a network (such as the Internet) to access it. Content is available offline when a locally usable working copy exists.

4.1 Offline browsing: When it is possible to access one or more websites because a locally copied version has already been saved, either by the web browser or by some special program for this purpose (web grabber).

4.2 Offline Service.

4.3 Offline antivirus.

5 offline UPS, type of UPS.

6 Many Internet programs have an «offline mode» (offline mode) when they are disconnected from a network. For example, a browser can still display pages that are already loaded or local pages. Dedicated email clients allow users to view messages they have already downloaded when they are not connected to a network. They can also reply to them or compose new messages. When a user reconnects to the network, the messages are sent.

7 Many mobile devices also allow users to switch them to «airplane mode,» which turns off Wi-Fi and cellular networks to comply with commercial flight regulations.

Its counterpart is online.

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