What is the quickest way to import live data into Google Sheets?

January 7, 2022

What is the quickest way to import live data into Google Sheets?

Google Sheets is a great online spreadsheet, but what do you do if you have data you need to use on another app like QuickBooks or Microsoft Excel?

Importing data into Google Sheets allows you to create customized reports, collaborate with others and work at scale. Here’s how you import data into Google Sheets. We’ll start with a manual solution, then explore automated solutions to import data from other applications. 

How to manually import data into Google Sheets

  1. Open the Google Sheet you want to import data into, click File > Import. 


  1. Google Sheets can import these file types:
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx, .xlxm, .xltx, .xltm)
  • OpenOffice/LibreOffice (.ods)
  • Comma Separated Variable (.csv)
  • Tab Separated Variable (.tsv)
  • Text files (.txt)
  • MapInfo (.tab)


  1. Click Upload > Select a file from your device


  1. You’ll then be asked to select a file location, choose whatever works best for you and you’ll have your data in your Google Sheets


If you’re frequently importing files from other platforms to Google Sheets, this can become quite a tedious process. Put it this way, if you’re an accountant or CFO with 10 clients who ask for reports on a weekly basis, that’s at least an hour of your time spent per client importing data and adjusting reports. That’s 10 hours every week, totalling 40 hours a month! 

Alternatively, you can hire someone to do this manual data entry from Upwork or Fiverr but whether that is cost efficient or not is subject to your expenses.

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