Google Drive, one of the most popular cloud drivers in the world, offers quite a lot of supporting services like Google Sheets and Google Docs. These two services let you write, edit, work on tables and collaborate anywhere for free. Thus, you can access, create and edit documents anytime, anywhere from your smartphone or your computer, that too even in offline mode. But, that is that, what about saving your files. Do Google Docs and Sheets save automatically? Absolutely yes. But sometimes, you may face the issue of Google Sheets Not Saving. So, why it may happen and how you can resolve it, you will get to see it in a short while.

Google Sheets Not Saving

A great feature of Google Sheets and even Docsis that any changes you make are automatically saved. However, many Google Sheets users report that they cannot save comments in Google Sheets. So, why does it not save? Google Sheets not working is indeed a common situation that can have various causes. There are some possible reasons that cause Google Sheets to fail to save unsaved changes in Drive. Some of these are:

  • An improper or unstable network connection wrecks the auto-save feature.
  • A bug in the services.
  • The antivirus software may remove the files or prevent you from saving the files if it detects them as malicious files.
  • Maybe there is an issue with your hard drive or is not ready.
Google Sheets Not Saving

Fix — Google Sheets Not Saving

In this section, you will be seeing a few methods that will help you get over this issue. So just read on to find more about them.

Check Google Drive Servers

Google Drive servers may be down, thus hampering your normal use of the various services of Google Drive that include Google Sheets. So, you must check the status of the servers before opting for any other fix. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Open your preferred browser.
  • Search for the downdetector site.
  • Type in your query like “Is Google Drive down” and you will be able to the status in your region.
  • In case of an outage in your region, you will have to wait.

Also, you can check the G Suite Status Dashboard and see if the concerned services are green (a signal for availability).

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Check your Network Connection ~~>

A strong network connection is imperative for proper functioning and usage of multi-functional Google Drive. Thus, you may do well to check if your router, modem, and hubs are functioning well. Further, to check the stability of your connection:

  • Open Chrome.
  • Go to the ookla website.
  • Run a speed test and get the proper network speed status.
  • If there is an issue, try turning off your router and modem and then restarting them after a while.

Enable On-Demand Offline Access

Enabling your files for on-demand offline access makes them available for use even when you don’t have a proper internet connection and network connectivity. So you should give the offline mode a try. Thus, even if you are working on a document offline, all changes, comments, etc. should be saved when you are online. So, here’s how to enable offline access:

  • Open Google Sheets.
  • Now, go to Settings.
  • Find the Offline option and turn it ON to enable this option.


  • You can click on File from the menu bar.
  • Then, select Make Offline Available from the drop-down menu.
  • And, you are good to go and access your files offline.

Note: Not all capabilities are enabled offline. You will not be able to see the other active users, the changes they make, spelling checks, and some other capabilities. You will also not be able to share your files until you are online again.

Restore to Previous Versions

  • Open Google Sheets.
  • Go to File > Version History > See Version History (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + H).
  • Next, check that “Only show named version” is disabled and “Show changes” is enabled.
  • You can also click on the arrow next to the dates to view other available versions.
  • Finally, once you get to the ideal version, select it, and click on the “Restore this version” button at the top left to restore the same.
Google Sheets Not Saving

Ensure there are no pending comments

When you close a page with a draft or comment that has not yet been published, you will see a message stating that Google Docs/Sheets “may not save changes you have made.” This is a common mistake, as many users forget to upload comments after editing. So, here’s what you have to do:

  • First up, check for comments when browsing the document.
  • If you find that a comment has not been uploaded, then, click the Comment button to publish it or Cancel to delete it.
  • That’s it!
Google Sheets Not Saving

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Set Automatic Backup

You may also try adjusting the “Settings” at the bottom of the window before you start the backup:

  • Go to “Scheduler”.
  • Then, go to the “Set backup schedule for automatic backup” option and do accordingly to backup files daily, weekly, monthly, etc. This comes in quite handy when you need to backup recurring content.
  • Also, with the “File Filter” option, you can exclude or include file types as you like.
  • Finally, with the “Enable Email Notification” option, you will receive an email about the progress of the backup once it is complete.

Contact the Google Drive Support Team

Maybe you have been struggling with the problem of Google Docs or Sheets not saving for a few days now. If so, it might be time to discuss the issue with the Google Drive support team. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to the Google Drive Contact Us page.
  • Then fill out the form and briefly describe your problem, say “Google Sheets Not Saving”.
  • Finally, you can contact Google Drive Support either via chat or email to fix the issue of Google Docs and Sheets not being saved.
  • That’s it! You will have to wait for some time to get your issue resolved.

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Bonus: Back-up in advance

Although Google Drive is largely reliable as a cloud storage service, errors like “Google Drive freezes” and “Google Drive access denied” do occur. So, when these issues occur, they can cause Google Drive data to become inaccessible or lost. Therefore, you’d better back up Google Drive to another reliable cloud drive in advance or use an alternative tool for Google Drive – CBackup, a free cloud backup service.

Here’s how to use the CBackup application :

  • Create a free CBackup account and log in to the CBackup desktop app.
  • Under the My Storage tab, click Add Cloud to authorize your Cloud Drive accounts.
  • Next, click on Backup Tasks followed by New Task in order to create a backup task.
  • Thereafter, click on Add Source > Add Destination and choose the respective locations.
  • Finally, click on “Start Backup” to back up your Google Drive files.

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In this post, you have got ample solutions to resolve this issue of “Google Sheets Not Saving”. All the methods are literally very simple and can be acted upon by even a beginner. So, try your hands on any of these quick fixes to resolve your issues. Do comment about the method that you find most useful. On that note, until the next time, see ya !! Goodbye !! ~~> ~~>

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