Can You Use Canva Offline?

can you use canva offline

You cannot use Canva offline as you need an active internet connection to use it.

If you disconnect from the internet their features will not work and the autosave will not function either.

Can You Use The Canva App Offline?

You need to be connected to the internet to use both the mobile and desktop Canva apps.

While it is unusual for most desktop apps to require an internet connection to function Canva is an exception.

Without an active internet connection it will not work.

Benefits Of Not Being Able To Use Canva Offline

While in some cases it can be quite frustrating that you can’t use Canva offline there are many benefits, including:

  • You never lose your work as Canva constantly saves every change you make.
  • Your designs are stored online meaning you can access them from anywhere on any device.

Canva Alternatives That Work Offline

If you need something that does what Canva does but has the ability to function without the need to be constantly connected to the internet then some good alternatives include:

1. Inkscape

Inkscape is a desktop drawing application that is typically used to edit photos, do rendering, add text to images and much more.

It’s free and you can use it and save your work without needing an active internet connection.

2. Procreate

Procreate is an iPad/iOS app that can be used offline, it is fun and easy to use so won’t take hours to get to grips with (much like Canva).

The app costs a one-time payment of $9.99.


GIMP is a cross-platform image editor which is both free and it functions offline.

It is a highly customizable tool that is primarily designed for image editing however it can be used to do many similar jobs to Canva once you work out how to use it (it’s much easier to use than Photoshop!).

4. Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the professional choice of software for photo editing, it can do everything that Canva can do and far much more.

The one key problem with it is that it is far more complex than Canva and will take a serious amount of time to learn the basics if you are new to it.

It is also more expensive than Canva, costing over $20/month.

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