Updated: 06/22/2018 by Computer Hope

Offline may refer to any of the following:

1. A term used to describe when a connection is broken or disconnected. When a device is offline, it is unable to send or receive information through that device. For example, if your printer is turned off, it is considered offline and cannot print anything. A printer may also be offline if it is a network printer and cannot be found or the data cable connecting the printer is not properly connected.

Should I use "offline," "off-line," or "off line" in my writing?

Offline should always be one word with no spaces or hyphens.

2. Offline is a type of game play where a user is not connected to another computer or server and is only playing with NPCs.

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