Convert Apple Numbers to Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jason Gong
June 6, 2024

Export your Apple Numbers file to Excel, then import it into Google Sheets.

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Switching from Apple Numbers to Google Sheets doesn't have to be a daunting task. In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through the process of converting your Apple Numbers files to Google Sheets, ensuring a smooth transition while maintaining data integrity. By following these simple steps, you'll be able to take advantage of Google Sheets' powerful features and collaborate with others seamlessly.

Initial Setup and Preparations for Conversion

Before converting your Apple Numbers files to Google Sheets, it's important to ensure your data is properly formatted and backed up. Take the time to review your spreadsheets and check for any Apple-specific formulas or features that may not be directly compatible with Google Sheets. You can connect Google Sheets with other tools to streamline this process.

To prepare for a smooth conversion:

  1. Ensure all data is correctly formatted in your Apple Numbers file
  2. Identify any Apple-specific functions or formulas that may need adjusting post-conversion
  3. Create a backup of your original Apple Numbers file in case you need to revert changes

By taking these preliminary steps, you'll be better equipped to handle any potential compatibility issues during the conversion process. This preparation phase is crucial for maintaining data integrity and minimizing disruptions to your workflow. For more advanced features, consider using GPT for Google Sheets.

Exporting Apple Numbers Files to an Intermediary Format

To convert your Apple Numbers spreadsheets to Google Sheets, you first need to export them to a universally compatible format like Excel (.xlsx). Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do this:

  1. Open your Numbers spreadsheet and click on "File" in the menu bar
  2. Select "Export To" and then choose "Excel" from the dropdown menu
  3. In the export window, select whether to create a worksheet for each table or each sheet in your Numbers file
  4. If creating a worksheet per table, you can opt to include a summary worksheet with links to all tables
  5. Choose whether to set a password for the exported Excel file (optional)
  6. Click "Next," choose a save location, and click "Export"

Your Numbers spreadsheet is now saved as an Excel file (.xlsx), ready for importing into Google Sheets. By using this intermediary format, you ensure better compatibility and a smoother transition between the two applications.

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Importing Files into Google Sheets

After exporting your Apple Numbers spreadsheet to an Excel (.xlsx) file, you can easily import it into Google Sheets. Here's how:

  1. Go to and sign in to your Google account
  2. Click on the "+" icon in the bottom right corner to create a new spreadsheet
  3. In the new spreadsheet, click on "File" in the menu bar and select "Import"
  4. In the Import file window, click "Upload" and select the exported Excel file from your computer
  5. Choose your import options:
  • Create new spreadsheet: This will create a new Google Sheets file with the imported data
  • Insert new sheet(s): This will add the Excel data as new sheets within the current Google Sheets file
  • Replace spreadsheet: This will overwrite the current Google Sheets file with the imported Excel data
  1. Click "Import data" to complete the process

Google Sheets will now display your imported data, preserving most of the formatting, formulas, and features from your original Apple Numbers spreadsheet. You're now ready to start working on your data in Google Sheets. For advanced tasks, you might consider how to enrich LinkedIn profiles directly in Google Sheets.

Verifying Data Integrity Post-Conversion

After importing your Apple Numbers spreadsheet into Google Sheets, it's crucial to verify the data integrity to ensure that all information has transferred correctly and is fully functional. Here are some key areas to check:

  1. Formulas: Review any formulas in your spreadsheet to confirm they are still working as intended. You may need to adjust or recreate some formulas to match Google Sheets' syntax.
  2. Cell formatting: Check that the formatting of your cells, such as number formats, dates, and currencies, has been preserved during the conversion process. Make any necessary adjustments to maintain consistency.
  3. Links: If your spreadsheet contains any internal or external links, test them to ensure they are still functional and pointing to the correct destinations.
  4. Data validation: Verify that any data validation rules you had set up in Apple Numbers have been carried over to Google Sheets. If not, you'll need to recreate these rules to maintain data integrity.
  5. Charts and graphs: Review any visual elements, such as charts and graphs, to confirm they are displaying the correct data and have maintained their formatting.

By thoroughly checking these aspects of your spreadsheet post-conversion, you can be confident that your data is accurate, consistent, and ready for use in Google Sheets. If you encounter any issues, refer to Google Docs integration or seek assistance from the support community.

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Tips and Troubleshooting Common Issues

During the conversion process from Apple Numbers to Google Sheets, you may encounter some common issues. Here are some tips to help you troubleshoot and optimize your experience:

  1. Formatting errors: If you notice any formatting discrepancies after the conversion, such as misaligned cells or incorrect number formats, you can manually adjust these in Google Sheets. Use the formatting tools in the toolbar to ensure consistency.
  2. Broken formulas: Some formulas from Apple Numbers may not be compatible with Google Sheets. If you encounter broken formulas, review the syntax and make necessary adjustments to match Google Sheets' formula structure.
  3. Slow performance: If your spreadsheet is running slowly after the conversion, consider optimizing it by removing any unnecessary data, formatting, or formulas. You can also try splitting your data into multiple sheets for better performance.

To make the most of Google Sheets after the conversion, explore these additional features:

  • Collaboration: Share your spreadsheet with colleagues or teammates, and work together in real-time using Google Sheets' collaboration tools, such as comments and chat.
  • Add-ons: Extend the functionality of Google Sheets by installing AI web scraping tools from the Google Workspace Marketplace. These can help with data analysis, visualization, and automation.
  • Explore tool: Use the Explore tool to quickly analyze your data, create charts, and gain insights without complex formulas or manual data manipulation.

If you encounter persistent issues or errors during the conversion process, try the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Reload the page after a few minutes to see if the issue resolves itself.
  2. Clear your browser cache and cookies, then try again.
  3. Use a different web browser or device to rule out any browser-specific issues.
  4. If the problem persists, reach out to Google Sheets' support community for further assistance. You may also want to integrate Google Drive with other apps to streamline your workflow.

Automate Google Sheets with Bardeen: Effortless Data Management

Converting Apple Numbers documents to Google Sheets can be done manually as described above, but for those looking to streamline their workflow, Bardeen offers powerful automation capabilities. Automating this conversion process can save time, reduce manual errors, and ensure that your data is always where you need it, when you need it. Let's explore how Bardeen can automate not just the conversion but also enhance how you interact with Google Sheets.

  1. Copy all Github issues to Google Sheets: Ideal for developers and project managers, this playbook automates the process of transferring GitHub issues into a Google Sheet, simplifying bug tracking and feature requests management.
  2. Copy a newly created Asana task to Google Sheets: This playbook is perfect for team leaders and project managers looking to streamline task tracking by automatically importing Asana tasks into a designated Google Sheets spreadsheet.
  3. Copy an Airtable to Google Sheets: For those who use Airtable for project management or data organization, this playbook makes it easy to transfer tables directly into Google Sheets, facilitating data analysis and sharing.

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