Google Sheets is more than just an alternative to Excel. With the right add-ons, you can skip tedious tasks, create robust reports, and manipulate data in ways you simply can’t with other spreadsheet applications. All while being able to work in the spreadsheet simultaneously with others. Seriously, what did we do before Google Sheets? Downloading and emailing spreadsheets to others is so 2006.
In today’s post, we’ll show you 16 of the top Google Sheets add-ons you can use to save time and streamline your workflow.
But first, let’s quickly review how to install and remove an add-on.
We want to make this process as simple as possible for you so we created a couple of helpful screenshots that show you how to add or remove a Google Sheets add-on – with easy step-by-step instructions.
Remove any add-on in a couple of clicks.
Now that you know how to install Google Sheets add-ons (and remove them if you get a bit too excited), let’s take a look at some of the best ones you can use to work more efficiently.
Power Tools for Google Sheets is one of the most time-saving add-ons, allowing you to automate and simplify mind-numbing repetitive tasks. It also displays your recent actions and records your favorite functions so you can easily re-apply them to other cells. The Smart Toolbar makes it easy to utilize this tool and, ultimately, save time on monotonous tasks. Basically, this is the solution for the features you miss from Excel.
Here’s just a small sampling of what you can accomplish with one click using Power Tools:
You can get access to Power Tools for 12 months for $29.95. For $89.95, you can get a lifetime license that will include all updates. If you want to test it out before making a commitment, they offer a 30-day free trial.
If you look at other articles featuring the best Google Sheet Add-Ons, this one is consistently at the top of the list. And there’s a good reason- if you are one of those people who constantly have at least one Google Sheets tab open on your browser (probably most of us), this tool could save you a ton of time when it comes to managing and organizing your spreadsheets.
If you are responsible for tracking your brand mentions and other relevant keywords/hashtags on Twitter, this add-on will be a game changer. Seriously, this will streamline your archives into one Google Sheet that continuously updates every hour. You can use all the extra time you’ve saved to come up with more clever Tweets.
Tweet Archiver’s features include:
You can get access to Tweet Archiver starting at $4.95 per user per month. If you need to monitor more search queries or have access to priority email support and/or one-on-one support, the Enterprise plan starts at $7.25 per user per month. They also offer a Domain license plan for Google Workspace domains with 50 premium licenses included. There is a free trial offered so you can try it out first before purchasing a monthly plan.
If you have downloaded Power Tools from Google Sheets add-ons, you will already have access to this tool that is also made by Ablebits. However, if you don’t need the entire suite of features and are only interested in Advanced Find and Replace, this is a great option that is cheaper than buying a Power Tools license.
Advanced Find and Replace will allow you to:
Before discovering this tool a few years ago, I would constantly gripe about the frustrations of not being able to easily search and replace values within my Google Sheets. This add-on saved me a ton of time (and spared my coworkers from having to listen to me continue to complain).
After a free 30-day trial, a 12-month license for Advanced Find and Replace can be purchased for $19.99. Or, if you feel like making a larger commitment to this tool, you can get a lifetime license for $59.90.
Before the pricing of Supermetrics scares you off, let’s talk about why this is the number one Google Sheets add-on for marketing. If you’ve ever had to pull data into a spreadsheet from the various tools you’ve begged your manager to spend the marketing budget on, you’ll understand how time-consuming it can be to consolidate data and make everything look presentable in one spreadsheet. Anyone else question their career path while spending hours doing manual data entry? Asking for a friend.
Pulling data and making it presentable for your weekly meeting (that should have been an email) can take up precious time that should be spent analyzing the data and figuring out what next steps to take. What’s the point in putting the data together if you can’t act on it?
Here are the features of this tool that’ll help you justify the cost to your boss:
Pricing for Supermetrics starts at $119 per month, billed annually. The Essential plan allows you to import from 10 data sources and 10 accounts per data source. The reports can be refreshed as often as weekly. The data can be pulled from:
If you’re in need of upgraded features, the next plan offered from Supermetrics is the Core plan is $239 per month, billed annually. It allows you to pull data from 25 sources and data can be automatically updated daily. The data sources, in addition to the ones offered with the Essential plan, include:
The Super plan starts at $579 per month, billed annually and includes three users. There are 46 data sources available to access with this plan including:
The pricing isn’t available on their website for the Enterprise plan, but it includes more than 3 users, a domain-wide license, data warehouse destinations, premium support, and access to all data sources including premium ones.
If entering and consolidating data into a spreadsheet takes up a significant amount of your time, this tool is definitely worth looking into. A free 14-day trial is available to see if it’s something that is worth the money for you and your company.
This free Google Sheet template add-on gives you exactly what the name suggests: a library of spreadsheet templates you can use instead of wasting time creating your own. Your spreadsheets can look just as good as that one person in your office whose spreadsheets always look professionally done. Seriously, where did they learn to make them look that good?
Google Sheets does offer template options in the public gallery so that you don’t have to download an add-on, but these options are limited. The free Template Gallery add-on will give you more options to choose from for both Google Sheets and Google Docs. You can easily search by keyword for the type of template you need and then copy it to your Google Drive to edit it.
Some of the templates available are:
Ah, finally, a Google Sheet add-on in our list that is free! One caveat: because it’s free, the customer service isn’t as reliable as some of the other tools. But it’s worth downloading and giving it a shot. You can always remove it from your add-ons if it’s not working out for you (see the section at the top of this blog post for a refresher on how to remove it).
Yet Another Mail Merge (YAMM) is anything but just another mail merge tool. It allows you to seamlessly send and track mail merge campaigns in a Google Sheet. First you’ll prepare your mailing lists in the sheet (pro tip- import the contacts from Google Contacts). Then, you can use email templates that are provided by YAMM in Gmail (making sure to include personalization) and save them as drafts. Finally, you can send and track your campaigns within Google Sheets. The tracked data include:
Some other notable features include:
YAMM offers a free plan for Gmail or Workspace email accounts. This option allows you to send emails to up to 50 recipients per day. Scheduled emails are not included, but all other features are included.
The Personal plan starts at $24 per year per user. It can be used with a Gmail account and includes up to 400 recipients per day. Scheduled emails are included in this plan.
Finally, the Professional plan starts at $48 per year per user and can be used with a Google Workspace account. You can send emails to up to 1500 recipients per day and you’ll receive priority support from YAMM if needed.
As someone who has searched for the most efficient way to find and verify emails (one of the most boring/monotonous/time consuming tasks), this tool is amazing. You can type in one or several domains at the same time into the Hunter search feature in Google Sheets to start finding verified email addresses for those domains.
All of the paid plans include Domain Search full results/exports, support, and premium features for campaigns including connecting to 5 different workspaces, email link tracking, and inserting images/attachments in emails. Another great feature is that you can invite an unlimited number of users to your subscription and you’ll just share the total number of searches and verifications.
Hunter offers a free version that provides up to 25 searches a month and 50 email verifications. The Starter plan is $49 per month and includes 500 searches and 1,000 verifications. There is also a plan for $99, $199, and $399 per month. The Enterprise plan provides 30,000 searches per month and 60,000 verifications.
Autocrat allows Google Sheets users to merge data from a spreadsheet into a Google Doc, Google Slide, or PDF. This add-on requires users to be a little more tech savvy, but there is a helpful guide on their website to help users get started with creating merge tags to mass-generate personalized documents and download or share via email attachments.
Some helpful features include:
Autocrat is a free add-on. The interface is a little bit less user-friendly than some other paid tools, but the reviews are great and it is a useful tool once you get the hang of it.
Document Studio is another mail merge tool, but it also allows you to create customized documents, reports, and more from data in Google Sheets or Google Forms. You can then email the generated documents or save them automatically to Google Drive. So, in theory, this tool could replace Yet Another Mail Merge (YAMM) and Autocrat. They’re all solid tools, but this one could be convenient if it has all the features you need. Those features include:
Document Studio does offer a limited free version that can generate up to 20 documents per day, while the paid plans start at 1500+ documents per day. The Standard plan starts at $4.95 per user per month and is billed annually. For $7.25 per user per month, the Enterprise plan offers more features including priority email support and the ability to create files in Google Drive and Shared Drives. You can also reach out to sales to buy a Domain License that will offer up to 50 premium licenses.
SyncWith allows you to pull together data from any API into Google Sheets basically immediately. This add-on compiles customized data in one spreadsheet from anywhere that has an API. You can easily refresh connections daily or hourly so you can save time and get all the data you need in under a minute.
Not only does SyncWith import data from the requested APIs, but it also allows you to:
SyncWith is completely free!
Awesome Table really is…awesome. It’s basically an add-on that allows you to import data and create visual representations for use primarily on websites. Creating catalogs, Gantt charts, Google Maps, and other visuals like this typically requires some fairly advanced technical knowledge, but this is perfect for anyone who knows how to use a spreadsheet.
Data can be pulled from the following places:
If you’re in charge of making data come to life visually but have no idea how to do that, the UI is super friendly and can help create a variety of visuals out of the data including interactive maps, org charts, professional-looking charts, knowledge bases, catalogs, and more.
There is a limited free version of Awesome Table that includes 8 visualization types, up to 500 views, 10 queries a day, and 100 rows of data. Paid plans start at $31 per month for the Plus plan, and $79 per month for the Pro plan. The Premium plan is $199 per month and includes unlimited pageviews/viewers, 50,000 rows of data, no Awesome Table branding on embed, JS/HTML/CSS customization, 2,000 queries per day, and more.
Wolfram Alpha has a huge library of educational resources available on their website and they also offer this free Google Sheet add-on. Once downloaded, it’ll show up as a sidebar on Google Sheets and you can use it to quickly search facts or be really impressive and use it to compute things from selected cells.
An example on their website highlights how useful this tool can be for those of you using Google Sheets to do smart and fun things like finding the mass of a proton: “For example, if you want to know the mass of a proton, just type “mass of the proton,” highlight it, compute the selection, and the mass of the proton will appear, units and all! What’s more, if you select multiple cells in Sheets, you can compute them all at the same time with a single click.”
This add-on is also free!
The Google Analytics Spreadsheet add-on lets you import your Google Analytics data into Google Sheets and manipulate it in a variety of useful ways that you aren’t able to do in the native GA app. Here’s a list of the most common uses:
If you’re looking for an easy way to manage data from just Google Analytics, this free tool works (obviously) very well with Google Sheets. The paid tools that allow you to combine data are the right choice if you need to manage several different data sources, but sometimes you just need a simple solution.
This add-on is free and easy to use.
Translate My Sheet allows you to translate all or a selected portion of cells in your spreadsheet at once. Though some users have reported that there is a script error, the owner of the add-on can assist with technical issues. This add-on uses Google Translate to instantly translate your spreadsheet into a selection of over 100 different languages with the click of a button.
There is also a free formula to translate spreadsheets into another language: =GOOGLETRANSLATE(cell with text, “source language”, “target language”) but Translate My Sheet is a great option for people who would prefer to click a button instead of doing a formula.
Translate My Sheet has a limited free plan. If you run out of translations, you can get unlimited translations for $7.99 for one month, $29.99 for six months, or $49.99 for 12 months.
Coupler.io is another add-on that enables you to consolidate your data from different sources into Google Sheets automatically. You can select from a variety of data sources including HubSpot, Google Drive, Clockify, BigQuery, WordPress, Slack, and more.
Like other data importer tools on this list, Coupler.io also allows you to create customized reports automatically to save time and focus on analyzing the data instead of taking forever to import data. The data visualization tools will impress during your presentations but it’ll be more impressive that you were able to come up with a great game plan based on the data you had to to study.
There is a free version of this add-on for users who want to see if this tool is helpful for them. If you decide that you want access to the automatic data import and more rows per month, the Professional plan starts at $24 per month, the Squad plan for teams starts at $49 per month, and the Business plan (with higher importing limits) starts at $99 per month.
You can make an app without coding using Google Sheets. What a crazy world we live in. This is one of the most highly rated add-ons on this list for a good reason. AppSheet makes it super simple and fast to create mobile apps by extracting spreadsheet data. There are more than 50 configurations that will help you customize your app(s). Some other features include:
This add-on is free if you’re making prototypes or personal apps. You can also build and test apps with up to 10 users for free using features from any of the paid plans. The Starter plan starts at $5 per month per user, the Core plan starts at $10 per month per user and there are two Enterprise plans that require a personalized quote if you are interested.
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