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If using a metered internet package, it may not be advantageous to stay connected to foldit for hours at a time. For those of you with a metered internet, this page was designed for you.

foldit dev comment:

 We strongly discourage doing this procedure, as this protocol will
 not guarantee that your high-scoring structure will be reported to
 the servers, thus defeating the key purpose of playing this game.

The steps to play Foldit offline under Windows are as follows:

You will need a software firewall, like Windows firewall, Norton, Sygate Personal, or a basic override to your internet connection (for example, a wi-fi or mi-fi disconnect) installed, and up and running, in order to accomplish this goal.
Once your firewall is installed and operating:
Step 1. Open foldit
Step 2. Once the main menu is shown (after logging into the game the "normal way") to foldit, then
a. using your firewall, block internet traffic to and from the foldit site, or
b. manually disconnect from the internet
This will not impinge your game play (offline, you will also be able to save as usual), except that you will need unblock foldit, or manually reconnect your internet, to successfully upload your score.
In Sygate, the disconnecting process is straightforward:
a) open the Sygate console by clicking on the symbol in your tray (bottom right side of the window)
b) in the lower portion of the console, under the heading of "running applications", locate the foldit.exe.
c) Right click the icon and choose "Block"
Step 3. When you are done playing offline, be sure to re-enable internet communications between the program and the foldit website, by following the below instructions, so that your score will update and you saves will be credited to you.
a) open the Sygate console by clicking on the symbol in your tray (bottom right side of the window)
b) in the lower portion of the console, under the heading of "running applications", locate the foldit.exe.
c) Right click the icon and choose "Allow"
Since you will already be logged in as your <username> to the game, your work will immediately be credited to you.

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