What is the Google Sheets Feature?

The Google Sheets Feature allows you to insert a Google Sheets spreadsheet directly into your app!

What are some use cases of the Google Sheets Feature?

Some use cases of this feature include:

  • Sharing your latest company budget or your quarterly profits for the year
  • If you have a Fitness or Nutritional app you can use this feature to display nutritional information to your users
  • If you have a School app, you can use the Google Sheets Feature to display your faculty’s office hours

How Do You Set Up The Google Sheets Feature?

Now let’s go over how to add a Google Sheets Feature to your app, and how to make sure your Google Sheets spreadsheet is ready to be added to your app. First we’ll go over how to add a Google Sheets Feature to your app.

Step 1: Add a new Google Sheets feature to your app

When you’re ready to add a Google Sheets spreadsheet to your app, go to the Feature Marketplace and create a new instance of the Google Sheets Feature and place it in your app where you’d like your users to access it. If you need help with how you create a new instance of a feature, we have a dedicated article on that which you can find here.

Step 2: Copy the Share URL of your Google Sheets spreadsheet

Now that you’ve created a new Google Sheets Feature, go to your Google Drive and grab the Share URL for the Sheets spreadsheet.

Make sure that the share settings are set to “Anyone with a link can view”. To do this, click on “Advanced”

Then click on “Change” under Who Has Access.

Select “Anyone With A Link Can View” and click “Save”

Then copy the link in the “Link to share” box.

Step 3: Paste the link in the URL field and click “Validate”

Once you’ve adjusted the share settings for your Google Sheets spreadsheet copy it’s share URL and paste it into the “URL” field in the App Dashboard and click “Validate”.

Congratulations! You have now successfully added the Google Sheets spreadsheet to your app!

Note: For the best user experience, make sure that your Google Sheets spreadsheet has been published. If you need help on how to do this, we encourage you to check out this article from Google.

What is the difference between Preview and Editable Mode?

You’ll see here that there are two modes: Preview and Editable.

Preview Mode only allows the spreadsheet’s content to be viewed, but not edited in the App Dashboard.

Editable Mode allows you to make changes to the spreadsheet while in the App Dashboard without needing to go back to your Google Drive to make those changes. 

Choose whichever option fits best for your app. In the live app the feature is set to Preview Mode, so users are only able to view the spreadsheet’s contents.

What are some tips you should know about?

Having worked with apps for years, we’ve learned a thing or two. So, to both help your app stand out and accomplish your primary goals, here are some tips you should consider.

Pro Tip: Making Sure The Correct Users Can Edit

Make sure your spreadsheet’s share settings are set up properly. If it’s on Preview Mode, then it should at least be “Anyone with the link can view”. If it’s on Editable Mode, then it should be “Anyone with the link can edit”. 

What are some related articles?

In addition to this article, we recommend checking out the following related articles so that you have a better insight into how to use the system to its fullest advantage:

Still have questions? No problem! Reach out to us and we’d be happy to help :)

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