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How to Export Google Analytics 4 Data to Google Sheets

Last Modified on January 22, 2024

Whether you’re a digital marketer, analyst, or business owner, exporting Google Analytics 4 data to Google Sheets can help you gain valuable insights and make data-driven decisions.

As everyone is resetting their tracking setup with GA4’s introduction, many new people are entering the industry and trying to learn about GA4, one of the most popular tools for measuring web and app performance.

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But accessing and analyzing this data can be challenging, especially for people who are just starting and/or prefer the familiar spreadsheet environment.

Thankfully, Google provides several options for exporting, visualizing, and analyzing GA4 data, and one of the most popular methods is exporting to Google Sheets.

In this post, ​​we will walk you through the methods to export Google Analytics 4 data to Google Sheets and share some tips for making the most of this feature. 

Here’s a quick snapshot of what you’ll learn along the way:

Let’s dive in!

Why Export Data to Google Sheets?

Once you’re all set up with your GA4 account, you might want to analyze the data in a familiar environment like Google Sheets. But why? Here are a few reasons:

  1. Google Sheets can help you to visualize and analyze the data in a way that you might not be able to do in GA4. For instance, you can use different formulas to manipulate the data to see any trends, patterns, etc., and visualize it with graphs, pivot tables, or dashboards.
  2. You can combine data from other sources like CRMs, POS, and advertising to connect the dots and do an even more robust analysis, so you will not be limited to GA4 data only.
  3. Sheets give you control of sharing the data that you want to share whether it’s your colleagues, clients, or any other external stakeholder. This means you can also easily collaborate with others in real-time, as Sheets is a live document.
  4. You can also automate some of the reports with Sheets that could be used either internally or shared with clients to save time.
  5. Google Sheets can also be used as a quick and easy solution to store important data if you feel that you’re not ready for BigQuery yet.

There could be many other reasons depending on your business or situation. But one thing is for sure, Sheets give you a lot more flexibility. 

Methods to Export Google Analytics 4 Data

There are two popular ways to export Google Analytics 4 data to Sheets that include manual and automated aspects:

  1. Using GA4 Interface to export data
  2. Sheets add-ons for GA4 (currently, there’s no GA4 official sheet add-on as we have for UA)

Which method you should use depends on what’s your end goal, how frequently you want to export the data, who is going to use it, and so on.

Knowing the answers to these questions is good practice when it comes to extracting data for analysis.

Let’s take a detailed look at these methods.

#1 Using GA4 Interface to Export Data

The quickest way to move your data to Sheets is from GA4’s interface because you can export any report in CSV format and import it to Sheets. The five steps to do so are:

  1. Open any built-in report or exploration that you want to export. For this example, we’ll look at the Acquisition report.
  2. Click on the share icon in the top right corner. This will open the Share this report sidebar.
Share icon in GA4 opening share this report sidebar
  1. Click on the Download file option. You will now have the option to download it as a PDF or CSV. As discussed above, we will choose the CSV option.
Screenshot of GA4’s export this report options to download as PDF or CSV
  1. Once the file is downloaded, you can simply copy and paste the data from the CSV file or import it into Google Sheets. To import go to FileImport and Upload the file. 
Import file in Sheets
  1. You will next see a few options and settings for the import where you can choose the Import location like create a new spreadsheet, insert new sheet(s), and Separator type. Next, click on the Import data button.
Google Sheets import file feature and settings

You can now see the data in your Sheets though it might not seem very clean or organized. That’s where you come in and can do the work to make it easy to understand.

Sheets screenshot of GA4 data import

But this is about the built-in reports in GA4. What about the Explorations? It looks like there’s more flexibility there in terms of exporting the data because you can also take it directly to Google Sheets (among other options).

Download report options in Exploration showing Google Sheets option

Once you click on the Google Sheets option, a new tab opens where you can click on Import the data button to complete the process.

GA4 explorations data import into Sheets

This eliminates the steps to download the data and then import it into Google Sheets, as it will just open in the new tab.

🚨Note: You will need Editor/Admin access to be able to download the files for standard reports and explorations.

For now, there doesn’t seem to be an option that allows scheduling the reports to be emailed or updated in the Sheets from the GA4 interface.

#2 Sheets Add-ons for GA4

In this method, add-ons connect with the APIs to help us pull the data into Sheets. They are found under ExtensionsAdd-onsGet add-ons / Manage add-ons.

Sheets add-ons options under extensions menu

For UA, we have Google’s own Google Analytics add-on that we can use to access the data in the Sheets, however, unfortunately as of now, there’s no official GA4 add-on for the same job.

There are also a few third-party free and paid add-ons that are available to get your GA4 data into the Sheets, so let’s see how they work. 

1. Google Analytics and GA4 Connector by Syncwith (Free)

This free add-on allows you to get UA and GA4 data to your Sheets in a few simple steps. Go to Extensions → Add-ons → Get add-ons and install this add-on.

Google Analytics and GA4 Connector by Syncwith add-on in Google Workspace

Once installed, you will see it with the other add-ons you’ve installed (if you have any) and it will give you the option to Launch the sidebar. This is where all the action happens.

Launch sidebar option for the GA4 connector by Syncwith

You will now see a sidebar that gives you the option to connect Google Analytics v3 (UA) and Google Analytics v4, as well as some default reports to choose from.

Syncwith showing GA v3 and v4 options

Once you choose the GA4 option, you will see some standard setup options like report name, connect the GA4 account/property, select the date range, dimensions, metrics, filters, and sorting, among others.

But you can’t apply segments as it’s doable with UA’s add-on, maybe because GA4 segments are only available in explorations.

GA4 connector by Syncwith setup interface

Once you click on the Next button, you have to make some choices for Sheet settings. You can choose to manually update the report or automate it by scheduling it after every 5 minutes, hourly, or daily. There’s no weekly or monthly basis setting, which is a bit weird.

All that is left is to choose where to insert the report, i.e., Currently selected cell or New sheet, and click on the Insert button.

Syncwith add-on scheduling interface

Now you can see the results of your hard work based on your settings.

GA4 exported data with Sync add-on

The Click to Refresh option in the first row is helpful to update the report quickly. But, you can choose to Hide status row under the Sheet settings or simply hide that row in the Sheets interface.

Syncwith show/hide status row settings

Another good thing is that you can choose multiple GA4 properties from the sidebar interface. However, you have to choose the Property ID or Property Name dimension with it, as well.

Syncwith adding multiple properties with property dimensions

The example below shows that there are data for two different properties.

GA4 exported data with Sync add-on for two properties

You can see the reports you’ve created in the sidebar and Refresh from there. You can also edit, delete, duplicate, or add a New report you can do from the sidebar interface.

Syncwith sidebar showing edit, duplicate, delete, and show sheets options

All in all, this is an add-on that can get you started with your GA4 data export, as well as automate it. But it doesn’t end here. 

2. GA4 Magic Reports (Free)

This is also a free add-on that allows you to export Google Analytics 4 data to Sheets but with a different setup interface.

But before you can use it, you have to install it from Google Workspace.

GA4 Magic Reports add-on in Google Workspace

Once installed, you can find it under extensions giving you options to Create, Run, and Schedule reports.

GA4 magic reports add-on with reporting options under extensions

Let’s start with Create new report. This will open a Create Google Analytics 4 report setup interface on the right side, and add a new GA4 Reports Configuration sheet at the same time.

GA4 magic reports setup interface

In the GA4 Reports Configuration sheet, you can manually add the parameters. A good thing is that if you hover over each cell you will find a note explaining how you can use it.

The setup interface sidebar is easier to use and has standard fields like the report name, GA4 property, dimension, and metrics, as well as other settings such as sorting and filters.

Once all is done, simply click on the Create button.

GA4 magic reports setup interface with other settings

This will transfer all these selected settings to the GA4 Reports Configuration sheet as shown below.

GA4 reports configuration sheet with settings from the sidebar

To run the report, you will have to go to Extensions → GA4 Magic Reports add-on → and Click on Run reports.

Run reports prompt for GA4 magic reports under the extensions menu

Once you Run reports, a new tab will be created and you should see a Report Status prompt that tells if it was successful or not.

GA4 magic reports showing report status

Your new report will look something like this.

GA4 Magic Reports exported data

If you don’t want to see the extra information in the header, then you can either hide those rows manually or add TRUE in front of the Hide report header cell in the GA4 Reports Configuration tab.

Hide report header option in GA4 magic reports settings

Now, you will not be able to see all the extra information in the header.

GA4 Magic Reports exported data without header

You can also schedule the reports if you go to Extensions → GA4 Magic Reports → Schedule reports.

Schedule reports prompt for GA4 magic reports under the extensions menu

This gives you a settings prompt where you can Enable reports to run automatically and then you’ll see options to run reports every two hours, day, week, and month.

Schedule reports settings with GA4 magic reports add-on

Do most parts of this add-on look familiar? That’s because it is based on the layout of Google’s add-on for Universal Analytics with some small changes.

3. Adformatics (Paid)

The GA4 – Reporting for Google Analytics 4 add-on comes with a 14-day free trial that costs €9 on a monthly and €79 on a yearly plan.

GA4 - Reporting for Google Analytics 4 add-on in Google Workspace

For the most part, it works like the Magic Reports add-on that comes with a nice sidebar UI for report setup. Let’s have a quick look at its setup interface.

GA4 - Reporting for Google Analytics 4 add-on setup interface

The Configuration GA4 reports tab also shows up once you select all the settings and click on the Add report to sheet button.

What makes it intuitive is when you click on the individual settings like date range, metrics, dimensions, etc., it’s very clean, and is easier to make the selections. Here’s an example of the date range settings.

Reporting for Google Analytics 4 add-on with date options

As you can see, you can choose from a myriad of options, as well as Compare with the previous period, year, or custom dates.

Next, let’s see what one of the other settings like Selecting metrics look like.

Reporting for Google Analytics 4 add-on with metrics options

The metrics are divided into categories neatly and also include custom ones.

There’s also a toggle switch to turn on JSON, which will give output in JSON format, so you can edit it as you want. The same goes for the dimensions.

This is what the final settings would look like.

Reporting for Google Analytics 4 add-on with chosen settings

Once you create the report, a new Configuration GA4 Reports tab is created and these settings are transferred to it, which looks quite similar to the output of the GA4 Magic Reports add-on. 

The sidebar interface then shows you four options to Run reports, Create report, Edit report and Set a schedule.

GA4 - Reporting for Google Analytics 4 add-on interface with configuration tab

Once you Run reports, you will see a status prompt that indicates if it was done successfully or not.

GA4 - Reporting for Google Analytics 4 add-on report status prompt

Another sheet will be added that looks very much like the one in the GA4 Magic Reports add-on.

GA4 - Reporting for Google Analytics 4 exported data

Considering it’s a paid add-on, it is a bit disappointing that there is not a cleaner report that’s easier to analyze.

The Set a schedule option lets you schedule the reports similarly to GA4 Magic Reports, except that you now have the option to Send email if report fails.