Cloud-based spreadsheet tools like Google Sheets have completely transformed the way we can work with data. From real-time collaboration to extensive sharing capabilities, it makes sense why you’d want to import your CSV files to a place like Google Sheets for more flexibility. However, manually transferring your CSV files to Google Sheets can take up a lot of time. In this article, we will show you how to import CSV to Google Sheets automatically, using the Sheetgo web app.
There are many work-based scenarios where you’d want to import your CSV file into Google Sheets. For example, let’s say you have a set of data relating to products that various departments need to access for their own operations. Some of these departments may not even have experience in working with CSV files. Moreover, Google Sheets offers more features that you can take advantage of in your operations. Let’s take a look at these benefits in more detail.
Why import CSV to Google Sheets?
CSV (Comma Separated Values) files are tabular files with a very basic format used to store raw data or move it between software programs. Although it’s great for general storage, it lacks the features you might need to effectively analyze, process, and share that data. Features that Google Sheets has.
Here are just a few of the advantages of importing CSV to Google Sheets:
- Access to analytical features: Google Sheets has a variety of analytical features from graphs to formulas that you can use to calculate specific insights or visual represent your data.
- Remote collaboration: Google Sheets allows multiple team members to work together on a single file at the same time. What’s more, you can do this anywhere at any time – you don’t even need to have internet access!
- Sharing ability: Google Sheets has multiple sharing options and integrations so that you can send over files to others in a matter of seconds.
There are many work-based scenarios where you’d want to import your CSV file into Google Sheets to make the most of these benefits. For example, let’s say you have a set of data relating to products that various departments need to access for their own operations. Firstly, some of these departments may not even have experience in working with CSV files. Moreover, each department could work on the spreadsheet at the same time for ultimate productivity.
Importing CSV to Google Sheets automatically through Sheetgo offers even more advantages for your operations. Not only are you saving the time it would take to manually import CSV files, but you are also creating connections that will sync changes made to the CSV file with the Google Sheets file. This means that any changes to the original data will be automatically updated in your new file, so you and your team always receive the latest accurate insights.
How to import CSV to Google Sheets automatically
Now that we understand the various benefits of importing these files, let’s go through a step by step on how to automatically import CSV to Google Sheets using the Sheetgo web app.
For this example, I have a CSV file on product inventory data that I need to import into Google Sheets to share with the Sales department.
Import CSV to Google Sheets
Step 1: Sign in on the Sheetgo web app
Click the blue button below to open the Sheetgo web app and sign in with either your Google, Dropbox, or Microsoft account.
Step 2: Upload your CSV files to the cloud
To create an automated connection, your CSV files must be stored online in one of the main cloud storage platforms.
Are your files stored on your computer?
If you want to connect files that are stored locally (on your computer) you can set up an automated system to back up and sync files from your desktop to your online cloud storage service.
This enables you to create automated data flows using Sheetgo. It also keeps your files secure and allows you to access them from anywhere. Learn more.
Step 3: Create a new workflow
With the the Sheetgo web app open, select Create workflow. Make sure you label your new workflow clearly.
To start the importing process, click Connect files.
Step 4: Locate your CSV file
It’s time to locate your CSV file in your storage solution (Google Drive, OneDrive, Sharepoint, or Dropbox).
Under Select source data, you can choose whether to import a single file or multiple files from your computer.
In this example, I will choose a single file. Then, press Select file.
Once you have selected the file, press Continue.
Step 5: Connect to a new spreadsheet
Now we must import the CSV file to Google Sheets.
Under the ‘Send to’ section, click A single file to import your data into a single spreadsheet.
You can adjust the settings here to suit your needs. Either choose to upload your data to a new or existing file, and name your spreadsheet. Just make sure that the Google Sheets option is highlighted under the File type section.
Once completed, click Finish and save.
Step 6: Enjoy your new Google Sheets file!
You should now have a new Google Sheets file with all of your imported CSV data!
Whenever you make changes to the original CSV file, Sheetgo will automatically update your new spreadsheet. So you’ll have all the latest data insights to work from.
Connecting CSV files to Google Sheets
And there you have it! With the Sheetgo web app, you have the opportunity to import multiple CSV files to Google Sheets in just a few clicks of a button.
This gives you the flexibility to consolidate multiple datasets in just one location, or even create multiple files that you can send to various members of your organization.
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Editor’s note: This is a revised version of a previous post that has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.