Figma is cloud-based, so you'll need to be connected to the internet to access the full functionality of Figma.
Working in "the cloud" means you don't have to worry about regularly saving or backing up your files. Figma does that for you. Unfortunately, the habit of routinely saving files takes a little longer to get used to.
That's not to say you're on your own when you find yourself without a connection. If you lose your connection to Figma while you're working, an icon will appear in the toolbar.
- The icon lets you know that Figma is attempting to save your changes.
- The icon lets you know that Figma considers you offline. There will also be a tooltip to confirm your connection status.
If you continue working, Figma will store any changes you make in your browser, and sync then when you're back online. You'll also see a notification at the bottom of your screen that your file has unsaved changes.
Note: Figma posts updates on any downtime or connectivity issues on our status page. You can subscribe to for updates via email, SMS, and RSS. Visit the Figma status page at https://status.figma.com/
Use Figma offline
Figma is designed for the browser, and real-time collaboration is at the heart of what we do. We don't currently have plans to support a fully-featured offline mode.
We've put together a non-exhaustive list of which features and functions are available when you're offline.
- Create layers, including frames, basic shapes, boolean operations, and vector networks.
- Create and use components that are local to your file.
- Make changes to layer properties, including fill, stroke, dimensions, position, layer order etc.
- Run plugins that don't rely on external browser APIs. You will only be able to use plugins that you have already installed.
- Save your files to your computer in .fig format. This will save a copy of the file as it currently exists, and doesn't include any comments or version history.
Not available offline
- Access or browse the Figma file browser.
- Create new files, or open files that you don't already have open.
- Receive updates from other collaborators on files you have open.
- Search for components from libraries or insert instances from a library.
- Install new plugins, or run plugins that require external browser APIs.
- View a file's version history, or create new versions to save your changes to Figma.
- Use any multiplayer features, like seeing who is active in the file, observation mode, and multiplayer cursors.
Note: You can save a copy of your file locally, as a .fig. This is a snapshot of the current file, and doesn't include any version history or comments. When you import the .fig into Figma, Figma will treat this as a new file. For this reason, we only recommend using this approach as a last resort.
Caution: Autosave is a safeguard in the event that something goes wrong, it's not a fully-featured offline mode. It significantly reduces the possibility of data loss, especially in the following circumstances:
- You have an unreliable internet connection, or unexpectedly lose your connection.
- There is a crash from either Figma, your browser, or your operating system.
- A browser error, machine restart, or power loss causes you to lose access to Figma.
If you lose internet connectivity and continue to make changes to your work, Figma will save any changes you make in your browser. This applies even if you close the tab or browser, or shut down your device entirely.
When your connection to Figma is restored, Figma will apply any changes you made to your file(s) while offline. If you've closed the affected files, you will need to reopen them to sync any offline changes.
- Autosave works even if there's more than one person working offline in the same file. Figma will prompt you to sync the file when you're back online.
- The same applies if you're working across multiple tabs. Figma will save pending changes in each tab, then merge them when you're back online.
- Figma only saves the changes you make to your file, not the entire file. These changes are saved locally to your browser's IndexedDB, and can't be accessed from another computer or device.
Figma in the browser
If you try to close a tab or browser window with offline changes, you may get an alert from your browser. Unfortunately, Figma isn't able to control the message included in this dialog.
Figma will store your offline changes, even if you receive a "Changes you made may not be saved" message from your browser.
Figma desktop app
Figma will give you the option to discard your changes if your try to close a tab, quit Figma, or log out of your account.
- If you choose to Log out or Leave, Figma will save your offline changes in the browser. You can then open any affected files to allow Figma to sync your offline changes.
- If you choose to Discard or Discard and log out, Figma will clear any offline changes it stored in the browser. This action can't be undone and you won't be able to retrieve those changes in the future.
Don't want Figma to autosave your changes while you're offline? You can ask to Figma turn off this feature for your account. Reach out to the Figma support team via the help bubble in your account, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Offline changes not saved
There are a few scenarios where your changes won't be saved:
- You're using an unsupported browser, or version of a browser.
- Your cache or browsing data was cleared before you reconnected to Figma.
- Your browser was in private browsing or incognito mode. Or you used a shared computer or guest account, which automatically cleared browsing data.
- The browser's storage quota is already full and there's no room for Figma to save these changes.
- A browser extension prevented Figma from saving data in the browser.
- You made changes on a different browser than the one you reconnected to Figma on.
Which browser you are using will determine how long these changes will be saved in the browser. Most browsers allow Figma to store data for up to 30 days, while others store data for a shorter time. Supported browsers and timeframes are as follows:
- Google Chrome 58+ (30 days)
- Mozilla Firefox 51+ (30 days)
- Safari 10.1+ (7 days)
- Microsoft Edge 18+ (30 days)
- Opera 45+ (30 days)
Note: Autosave is not supported on any version of Internet Explorer. Learn more about Figma's browser requirements →
Sync offline changes
Figma saves any offline changes to your file(s) when your connection is restored. If you already have your file(s) open, Figma will apply your offline changes when you reload the tab.
If you open Figma in the file browser first, you'll see a blue notification at the bottom of your screen. You'll also see anunsynced changes icon on any files with offline changes.
Click Tap to review on the banner to open the offline changes modal.
Figma will show you a list of any files with offline changes. Click Open to sync to open the file a new tab.
File will load the file and apply any changes you made while you're offline. You'll see a notification to confirm your changes have been saved.
Return to the file browser and repeat the process for any other affected files.
Note: Figma only stores offline changes for up to 30 days, or 7 days for Safari users. If you try to sync older offline changes, Figma will let you know your changes can't be synced.
As part of the autosave process, Figma will add two checkpoints to the file's version history. One before applying your offline changes, and one after. These checkpoints will look like other autosaved versions.
If you're working on a file with others, there may be some differences between the latest version of the file and your offline changes.
Figma will let you know if there are any conflicting changes via a notification. Click Review to open the file's version history, or Dismiss to ignore.
If something was synced incorrectly, or you don't want to keep the offline changes, you can restore a previous version of the file in the file's version history.
Clear autosave data
You can also clear your cache or browsing data to remove any offline changes from Figma. This applies to both Figma in the browser and the Figma Desktop app.
Caution: This will deleted any offline changes and prevent you from saving them to Figma. Once you have cleared your browsing history, you will be able to retrieved any unsaved changes.
In the browser
- Google Chrome: Clear all your browsing data to remove offline changes from Figma: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/32050
- Safari: lets you choose which websites you want to delete data from. You can use this feature to remove data from just Figma: https://support.apple.com/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac
- Mozilla Firefox: lets you choose which websites you want to delete data from. You can use this feature to remove data from just Figma: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/storage
- Microsoft Edge: Delete your browser history to remove any offline changes from Figma: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/10607/microsoft-edge-view-delete-browser-history
Figma desktop app
Even though the Figma desktop app is technically a browser application, the process is a little different. Clearing your cache on the Figma desktop app involves interacting with the Mac Terminal app, or the Windows command line.
Use the Terminal app to clear the cache.
- Quit the Figma desktop app.
- Open the Terminal.app and enter the following command:
rm -rf "$HOME/Library/Application Support/Figma/Desktop"
- Try opening the Figma desktop app again.
Run a command line from the Start menu.
- Close the Figma desktop app.
- Open the Start menu and paste the
%APPDATA%\\Figmacommand. Press the Enter key to submit.
- In the window, delete the
- Launch the Figma desktop app again.