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Import Images from CSV to Google Sheets: A Step-by-Step Guide

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
April 15, 2024

Importing images from a CSV into Google Sheets involves using the IMAGE function, add-ons, or tools like FileDrop for bulk uploads. Google Sheets supports inserting images via URLs or direct uploads with third-party solutions.

Choose the method that best suits your project needs for efficient image management.

Streamline your Google Sheets image import process and save time on manual tasks by learning how to automate with Bardeen.

How to Import Images from CSV into Google Sheets

Importing images from a CSV file into Google Sheets can be a bit tricky since Google Sheets does not directly support embedding images through CSV import. However, there are methods and tools available that can help you achieve this. This guide will walk you through the steps and options available for inserting multiple images into Google Sheets, either directly or through links from a CSV file.

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Can You Insert Images into Google Sheets?

Yes, Google Sheets allows users to insert images either in cells or over cells. Images can be added from your computer, through URLs using the IMAGE function, or by using add-ons and scripts that facilitate bulk uploads.

Import CSV to Google Sheets

Before inserting images, you need to import your CSV file into Google Sheets. This can be done by:

  1. Opening Google Sheets and creating a new spreadsheet.
  2. Clicking on File > Import, then selecting the CSV file from your device or Google Drive.
  3. Choosing how you want the data to be inserted (new sheet, replace data, etc.) and clicking on the Import button.

This process imports the textual data from your CSV file into Google Sheets.

Insert Multiple Images into Google Sheets

There are several methods to insert multiple images into Google Sheets:

Using IMAGE Function

The IMAGE function allows you to insert images into cells using URLs. The syntax is '=IMAGE("URL")'. This method requires that your images be hosted online and their URLs be available in the CSV file.

Using Add-ons

Google Workspace Marketplace offers add-ons like 'Mass Upload Images to Google Sheets' that enable users to bulk upload multiple images directly into cells. These add-ons typically provide options to specify cells, orientation, and size of images.

Explore a variety of Google Sheets automations, including how to automate the bulk upload of images and more at our Google Sheets automation blog.

Using FileDrop

FileDrop is another tool that allows for bulk uploading of images either as links from Google Drive or directly into cells. It offers a drag-and-drop interface for ease of use and supports adjusting the size of images to fit cells.

Steps for Using an Add-on or Tool

  1. Install the add-on or tool from the Google Workspace Marketplace or the provider's website.
  2. Follow the specific instructions provided by the add-on or tool, which usually involve selecting images, specifying destination cells, and choosing image orientations and sizes.

Remember to check the permissions and privacy policies of third-party add-ons and tools before installation.


While Google Sheets does not directly support importing images from a CSV file, using the IMAGE function or third-party add-ons and tools like 'Mass Upload Images to Google Sheets' or FileDrop can facilitate this process. Each method has its own set of steps and requirements, so choose the one that best fits your needs.

Automate your Google Sheets workflows and discover powerful add-ons. Dive into our comprehensive guide on Google Sheets add-ons.

Automate Google Sheets Tasks with Bardeen

Importing images from a CSV into Google Sheets is a common task that can be streamlined with automation. While manual methods exist, utilizing Bardeen can significantly reduce the effort and time required, especially for large datasets or frequent updates.

Here are examples of automations that can be built with Bardeen using the provided playbooks:

  1. Scrape Google Images and Save to Google Sheets: Automate the collection and insertion of images into Google Sheets, ideal for research, presentations, or machine learning projects.
  2. Copy all Github issues to Google Sheets: Streamline project management by automatically transferring GitHub issues into a Google Sheets document for enhanced issue tracking and analysis.
  3. Enrich email contacts and save to Google Sheets: Optimize your email marketing efforts by enriching email contacts with valuable data and saving the information directly into Google Sheets.

Each of these automations can save you time and enhance your workflows, allowing for more efficient data management and analysis.

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