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Auto Import Excel to Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
March 6, 2024

Learn to automatically import Excel files into Google Sheets using built-in features, Google Drive, or Microsoft Power Automate for streamlined workflows and data consistency. This guide covers direct imports, automatic conversions upon upload, and creating automated flows for regular data transfers.

Mastering these methods enhances your data management and analysis capabilities.

Automate your data management tasks with Bardeen to save time and ensure your Google Sheets data is always up-to-date.

How to Automatically Import Excel to Google Sheets

Automatically importing Excel files into Google Sheets can streamline your workflow and ensure data consistency across platforms. This guide explores various methods to achieve this, including direct import options, using Google Drive, and leveraging automation tools like Microsoft Power Automate.

Automate your Google Sheets tasks and transform how you manage data with Bardeen. Save time and keep your data up-to-date effortlessly.

Auto Import Excel to Google Sheets

Google Sheets provides built-in features to import Excel files directly. You can either create a new spreadsheet, insert new sheets into an existing one, or replace a spreadsheet entirely with the Excel file content. Here's how:

  1. In Google Sheets, open a new or existing spreadsheet.
  2. Click on File > Import.
  3. Select the Excel file you wish to import and click Select.
  4. Choose your preferred import option and click Import data.
  5. If prompted, click Open now to view the imported data.

Automate Excel to Google Sheets

For ongoing automation, you can convert Excel files to Google Sheets format automatically upon uploading them to Google Drive:

  1. Open Google Drive and click on Settings > Settings again.
  2. Under the General tab, turn on the option to Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format.
  3. Upload your Excel file to Drive. It will automatically convert to Google Sheets format.

Note: This method only applies to new uploads. Previously uploaded files won't be converted automatically.

Power Automate Excel to Google Sheets

Microsoft Power Automate offers a more dynamic approach to sync Excel data with Google Sheets. You can create a flow that automatically transfers data from an Excel file into a Google Sheet. This method is particularly useful for handling large datasets or when needing to automate data transfer at regular intervals. However, be mindful of the limitations and configurations, such as the maximum number of rows that can be processed, which might require adjusting settings like pagination in Power Automate.

To set up a flow in Power Automate:

  1. Start by creating a new flow from a template or from scratch that triggers based on your requirements (e.g., on a schedule or when a file is updated).
  2. Use the 'List rows present in a table' action for Excel and specify your file and table.
  3. Add a 'Create or update row' action for Google Sheets and map the Excel data to your Google Sheet.
  4. Adjust settings like pagination to ensure all rows are transferred, especially for large datasets.

Remember to test your flow thoroughly to ensure data transfers correctly and completely.

For more insights on enhancing your Google Sheets experience, check out our blog on addons for Google Sheets, learn how to automate Google Sheets, and explore a collection of Google Sheets automations.

Automate Your Google Sheets with Bardeen

Importing Excel files to Google Sheets can significantly enhance your ability to analyze and share data. While Google Sheets allows for manual imports, automating this process can save you time and ensure your data is always up-to-date. With Bardeen, you can automate various tasks related to Google Sheets, transforming how you manage and interact with your data.

Here are some examples of how you can automate your Google Sheets tasks using Bardeen:

  1. Get a daily summary of your emails and save to Google Sheets: Automatically find emails for a specified time frame, summarize them, and add the details to a Google Sheets spreadsheet every day. This playbook can streamline how you manage your inbox and ensure you never miss important information.
  2. Enrich email contacts and save to Google Sheets: Enrich your email contact lists using Clearbit's data API and save the enhanced information directly to Google Sheets. This playbook is essential for improving your email marketing campaigns by providing you with deeper insights into your contacts.
  3. Copy a table from Airtable to Google Sheets every day: Streamline your data management by automatically copying a table from Airtable into Google Sheets daily. This automation ensures your Google Sheets data is always current, eliminating the need for manual data transfer.

These automations by Bardeen not only save time but also enhance your data management capabilities, making it simpler to access, analyze, and share information. Start automating your Google Sheets tasks by downloading the Bardeen app at

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