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.

2. Offline is used to describe meeting someone face to face in the real world as apposed to online.

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