How to Save Google Sheets as JSON

Google Sheets is a powerful data management tool with various file formats for exporting data. Saving data as JSON is ideal for compatibility with various applications and platforms. This guide demonstrates how to export and share data in a widely supported format.

Open Your Google Sheet

Open Google Sheets and save the data as JSON.

Navigate to the “File” Menu

Navigate to the “File” menu in the top left corner of Google Sheets.

Select “Download” and Choose “JSON”

Choose “Download” from the File menu, then “JSON,” and Google Sheet will be saved as a JSON file.

Specify the Destination

Choose “Download” from the File menu, select the “JSON” option, and Google Sheet will be downloaded as a JSON file.

Confirm the Save

Confirm the save operation by clicking “Save” or “OK” to save your Google Sheet as a JSON file in the specified location.

Verify the JSON File

Verify the JSON file contains Google Sheet data by navigating to the saved folder and using a text editor to inspect its contents.

Utilize the JSON File

To utilize the JSON file exported from Google Sheets, follow these steps:

  1. Export your Google Sheets data as a JSON file. You can do this by going to “File” and selecting “Download” or using Apps Script to automate the process.
  2. Save the JSON file to your desired location on your computer.
  3. Use the JSON file in various applications and platforms that support JSON data.
  4. JSON files are widely compatible and can be easily integrated into web applications, mobile apps, and other tools.
  5. Import the JSON file into your application or platform using the appropriate methods or APIs.
  6. Parse and manipulate the JSON data as needed to extract the desired information.
  7. Use the JSON data for analysis, visualization, or any other purpose required by your application or platform.

By saving Google Sheets data as a JSON file, you can easily share and integrate the data across different applications and platforms, enabling seamless data sharing and integration.


Can I convert multiple sheets within a Google Spreadsheet to JSON?

Answer:  No, the JSON export feature in Google Sheets only allows you to convert individual sheets within a spreadsheet. If you have multiple sheets, you will need to save each sheet as a separate JSON file.

Is there a file size limit when saving Google Sheets as JSON?

Answer:  Yes, Google Sheets has a maximum file size limit for JSON exports. If your sheet exceeds the limit, you may need to split the data into multiple sheets or explore alternative methods for exporting the data.

Can I import a JSON file back into Google Sheets?

Answer:  Yes, you can import a JSON file back into Google Sheets using the “File” > “Import” option. However, the structure and formatting of the JSON file should be compatible with Google Sheets for successful import.

Will formulas and formatting be preserved when saving as JSON?

Answer:  No, when saving Google Sheets as JSON, only the raw data will be exported. Formulas, formatting, and other spreadsheet-specific features will not be preserved in the JSON file.

Can I include images or charts in the JSON file?

Answer:  No, JSON files are primarily used for structured data and do not support the inclusion of images or charts. Only the textual and numerical data will be exported in JSON format.

Is it possible to automate the process of saving Google Sheets as JSON?

Answer:  Yes, you can automate the process using Google Apps Script. By writing a custom script, you can create a function that saves your Google Sheets as JSON files automatically.

Can I convert JSON back to Google Sheets format?

Answer:  While Google Sheets does not have a built-in feature to directly convert JSON files back to its native format, you can explore third-party tools or scripts that can help with the conversion process.

Can I share JSON files with others who don’t use Google Sheets?

Answer:  Yes, JSON files can be easily shared with others who don’t use Google Sheets. JSON is a widely supported format, and recipients can import the data into their preferred applications or platforms for further analysis or use.

Are there any limitations or considerations when using JSON files?

Answer:  While JSON files offer versatility, it’s important to note that they primarily store data and lack the functionality of a spreadsheet application. Ensure that the applications or platforms you intend to use with JSON files are compatible and can interpret the data correctly.

Can I edit the JSON file directly to make changes to the data?

Answer:  While JSON files can be edited using a text editor, it’s recommended to modify the original Google Sheet and export a new JSON file to maintain accuracy and consistency in your data.

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