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Easy CSV to Google Sheets Conversion Guide - 3 Steps

Jason Gong
App automation expert
Apps used
Google Sheets
March 11, 2024

Converting CSV to Google Sheets can be done via Google Drive upload, direct import in Sheets, or using third-party tools for automation and advanced features. This versatility caters to a range of needs from simple one-time uploads to complex, scheduled data updates.

For those handling data regularly, automating this process can save significant time and improve data accuracy.

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How to Convert CSV to Google Sheets

Converting CSV files to Google Sheets is a common task for professionals who deal with data. Google Sheets provides a versatile platform for data analysis, sharing, and collaboration. There are several methods to convert or import CSV files into Google Sheets, including using Google Sheets' native capabilities, third-party tools, and Google Apps Script for automation.

Import CSV to Google Sheets

Google Sheets offers native methods to import CSV files directly into a spreadsheet. This can be done through the Google Drive interface or from within Google Sheets itself.

  • Navigate to Google Drive, click on New, then select File upload. Choose the CSV file from your device. Once uploaded, right-click the file in Google Drive, select Open with, and choose Google Sheets.
  • Alternatively, open a new or existing Google Sheets document, click on File -> Import, then select the CSV file to upload from your device or Google Drive. You can choose how you want the CSV data to be added to your sheet (e.g., create a new spreadsheet, insert new sheets, replace spreadsheet, etc.).

These methods are suitable for one-time uploads and do not require any special setup. However, they might not offer the flexibility needed for more complex data manipulation or automation.

Convert CSV to Google Sheets Using Third-Party Tools

Tools like Coefficient and offer advanced features for importing CSV files into Google Sheets. These tools can automate the import process, allow for scheduled updates, and provide options for data manipulation.

  • Coefficient: After installing the Coefficient add-on for Google Sheets, you can import CSV files from your device, Google Drive, or via URL. It allows for selecting specific columns, setting filters, and scheduling automatic data updates.
  • Similar to Coefficient, can import CSV data into Google Sheets on a schedule. It supports importing data from various sources and offers customization options for the import process.

These tools are particularly useful for users who need to regularly update their data in Google Sheets without manual intervention.

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How to Open CSV File in Google Sheets

Opening a CSV file in Google Sheets is straightforward:

  1. Save the CSV file to your device.
  2. Go to Google Sheets and create a new blank sheet.
  3. Click on File -> Import.
  4. Under the Upload tab, click Browse and select your CSV file.
  5. Choose the appropriate separator (delimiter) or let it be detected automatically, and click Import data.

This method allows you to view and edit the CSV data within Google Sheets directly.

Automating CSV Import with Google Apps Script

For users with coding skills, Google Apps Script provides a way to automate the import of CSV data into Google Sheets. A script can be written to fetch CSV files from a specified location (e.g., a folder in Google Drive) and import the data into a Google Sheets document on a scheduled basis.

This approach is ideal for advanced users who require custom automation workflows that are not supported by native Google Sheets features or third-party tools.

In summary, whether you prefer a manual method, third-party tools for advanced features and automation, or coding your own solution with Google Apps Script, there are multiple ways to convert CSV files into Google Sheets to suit various needs and skill levels.

Discover how to further enhance your Google Sheets experience with addons and automations: Google Sheets Addons, Automate Google Sheets, and explore a collection of Google Sheets Automations.

Automate Google Sheets Updates with Bardeen Playbooks

Converting CSV files to Google Sheets can indeed be done manually as described above, but imagine the efficiency and time saved by automating this process, especially if you're handling multiple files regularly. Automation can significantly streamline data management tasks, such as keeping project management tasks, issue tracking, or customer information up-to-date in real time. For such needs, Bardeen offers a range of playbooks to seamlessly automate data transfer to Google Sheets.

  1. Copy all Github issues to Google Sheets: Perfect for development teams looking to streamline issue tracking and feature requests directly into Google Sheets.
  2. Copy an Airtable to Google Sheets: Ideal for transferring data from Airtable bases into Google Sheets for further analysis or reporting.
  3. Copy a newly created Asana task to Google Sheets: Ensures that project management tasks are automatically updated in Google Sheets for better task tracking and project planning.

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