How To Fix IMPORTRANGE Error Loading Data in Google Sheets

Last Updated on October 31, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to fix importrange error loading data in Google Sheets.

How To Fix IMPORTRANGE Error Loading Data in Google Sheets

If you need to import data from another Google Sheet into your current spreadsheet, the best solution is to use the IMPORTRANGE function.

However, you may run into an issue where the function cannot load the data properly. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to fix it.

In this guide, we will explain what are the possible causes for the IMPORTRANGE error, and provide a few basic troubleshooting steps to help you resolve the issue.

How to Solve IMPORTRANGE Error Loading Data Issue in Google Sheets

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to solve the IMPORTRANGE error in Google Sheets.

Step 1

First, you must ensure that the IMPORTRANGE function follows the correct syntax. The IMPORTRANGE only accepts strings for the URL parameter. Without the double quotation marks, the IMPORTRANGE function will return an error.

Step 2

Next, the user must check if their account has access to the sheet in question.

Step 3

Another possible reason why IMPORTRANGE does not load the data is because of existing data in your spreadsheet. Cells with values may your array result from expanding.

To solve this, we just need to remove the cell to allow the IMPORTRANGE output to expand.

Step 4

Sometimes users will need to refresh their browser to force Google Sheets to reload the data again.

In cases where the problem still persists, users may have to wait a few minutes due to issues with Google services.

Step 5

Lastly, you may encounter an error loading data if the range being imported is too large.

Users can work around this issue by using multiple IMPORTRANGE functions to import different sections.

We can use the curly braces to combine all results horizontally into a single output.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to fix issues where the IMPORTRANGE function encounters an error loading data in Google Sheets.

You may make a copy of this example spreadsheet to test it out on your own.