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Password Protect a GSheet

Go beyond passwords. Google Sheets does not provide any feature to protect or encrypt your data within the spreadsheet, and the only available security measure is your Google account email ID and password.

Layer extends GSheets access management capabilities so you can ensure your files and specific data tabs or ranges can only be accessed by who you designate.

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Why do you Need to Password Protect Your Google Sheet?

Data protection is on the rise and has become a concern to most online users.

If using Google Sheets is part of your daily routine, you will most likely be interested in learning how to protect your files from unauthorized access.

Depending on the sensitivity and confidentiality of the data you work with, you could save much more than only your time and effort.

Google Sheets Limitations When Protecting Your Data

With Google Sheets you have access to different ways to protect your data.

You can control who can view or edit your files, and protect individual sheets or cell ranges from being edited.

You can’t however protect them at the view level, meaning your entire file is exposed to everyone with the minimum level of permissions, which can lead to complex workarounds to split confidential/sensitive data from cleared data that can be should be accessed by everyone.

How to protect your Google Sheets data with Layer?

Layer works on top of any existing Google Sheets or Excel spreadsheet and offers the same access management features you can find in Google Sheets, but it goes one step beyond by providing you with a way to control who can see data in your spreadsheets.

No only that, Layer was designed with spreadsheet collaboration in mind: there’s no need for users to migrate their data into a new platform, since Layer works seamlessly with any spreadsheet file.

Apart from access management features, Layer gives spreadsheet owners the possibility to track and review changes before they impact any existing data, preventing

errors from creeping in, and also to revert back to previous versions of the same file, which is perfect for audit trails.

Not only that, with Layer you can assign tasks to different collaborators whenever you need their input on your spreadsheet.

You can then set them as recurring and also monitor who’s late or on time with their submission.

But there’s plenty more! Keep reading for a quick overview of what you can get with Layer.

Keep Excel.
 Keep Google Sheets.

Add Layer to reduce errors, easily communicate, collaborate,
and seamlessly share data or request input within seconds.



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Protect Your Excel Files Like Never Before

Layer is a web app That Works on top of Your Existing Excel Files and Google Sheets.

Share parts of your spreadsheet, collect and consolidate data, and review changes to make collaboration seamless and more efficient while keeping full control over your data.

Save Hours of Dull Work

Managing and maintaining spreadsheets is very time-consuming and often consists of nothing but dull data operations.

Focus on what matters while Layer takes care of distributing and consolidating your data in Excel and Google Sheets. No more copy-pasting.

Keep Your Files Error Free

Spreadsheets are fragile. Errors slip in easily and are hard to detect. On top of that, they can be very costly.

Layer gives you full control and transparency over every single input and change so you can spot errors early on.

Involve Your Colleagues

Most companies store some of their most essential data in spreadsheets. Unfortunately, most of those are unconnected data silos.

With Layer, you can share the data with the relevant people in no time. Collaborate with your team and take alignment to a new level.

Get Started in Minutes

Layer works on top of your existing Excel files and Google Sheets—No new licenses, learning curve, or heavy implementation.

It's extremely easy to get started with an intuitive interface. Simply upload or connect your files and start sharing!


Manage Access

Work across filetypes and manage the access to your spreadsheets down to the cell level.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

Grant Access Down to the Cell Level

Work Across Excel, GSheets or Layer Sheets

Add or Remove Co-Owners and Collaborators

Lock and Unlock Cells

Option to Require Sign In

Track and Review

Define, assign & monitor tasks. Keep discussions, actionable feedback, or context all in one place.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

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Revist and Revert Previous File Versions

Review, Accept or Reject Changes

Collaborate and Communicate

Spot changes quickly. Accept or reject them, keep previous file versions and restore them if needed.

Manage Access Down To Cell Level

Smart Chat

Contextual Activity History

Set Deadlines

Define and Assign Tasks

Track Task Progress

Success Stories

Leading companies worldwide use Layer to help them save time
on collaborative processes using spreadsheets.

Elliot Comite Ironclad

Elliot Comite

Finance Lead

Using Layer as a core platform for sharing data and collaboration helped make our reporting workflows 10x faster. We get some of the same processes done in a tenth of the time.

Charlotte Kelly Butternut

Charlotte Kelly

FP&A Manager

Personally, Layer reduced my stress levels quite a lot. Overall, it improved the data collation aspect and significantly reduced the manual errors as a result of copying and pasting data between different spreadsheets.

Step 1

Upload your Excel file or connect your
Google Sheet

Step 2

Share any part of your file
and assign tasks

Step 3

Collaborate, review
and consolidate data

There is no Step 4

Finally you can Control the Access to Your Spreadsheets!

Everything your team needs to streamline your communication flows and collaborate more efficiently on Excel and Google Sheets.