How To Protect Sheet In Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a powerful tool that allows for collaboration and sharing of information in real-time. But, there may be instances when you want to limit the access or editing capability for certain data to maintain its integrity. Here’s where the ‘protect sheet’ feature comes to the rescue. This blog post will guide you through the steps to protect a sheet in Google Sheets.

Steps to Protect a Sheet in Google Sheets

  1. Open your Google Sheets document and select the sheet you want to protect by clicking on the sheet tab at the bottom.

  2. Next, click on the Data tab in the main menu, then select Protected sheets and ranges from the dropdown menu.

  3. A sidebar will appear on the right. Click on the Set Permissions button.

  4. You’ll then see a pop-up titled ‘Protect sheets and ranges’. Select the ‘Set permissions’ option.

  5. Next, you’ll see the ‘Range editing permissions’ panel. Here, you can select who can edit the particular sheet. You have a few options:

    • Only you – Only the owner of the document can edit.
    • Custom – You can select specific people who can edit.
  6. Once you’ve made your selection, click on the Done button.

Unprotecting a Sheet in Google Sheets

Unprotecting a sheet is just as simple as protecting it. Follow these steps:

  1. Select the protected sheet and go to the Data tab then Protected sheets and ranges.

  2. In the sidebar that appears, you’ll see the protected sheets listed. Click on the one you want to unprotect.

  3. Then, click on the Unprotect button.


Protecting a sheet in Google Sheets is a simple yet effective way to maintain the integrity of your data, especially when collaborating with others. With just a few clicks, you can restrict who can edit your data and ensure it remains accurate and reliable. So next time you’re sharing your Google Sheets, remember to protect your crucial data!