How to Unprotect a Google Sheet: Step-by-Step Guide

Unprotecting a Google Sheet is a straightforward process that involves a few clicks. By removing the protection, you can edit and customize the sheet as needed. Let’s dive into how you can unprotect that pesky locked Google Sheet in no time!

Step by Step Tutorial on How to Unprotect a Google Sheet

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, it’s important to note that you’ll need permission to unprotect a Google Sheet. If you’re not the owner, you’ll have to request access from the person who locked it. Ready? Let’s go!

Step 1: Open the Google Sheet

Open the Google Sheet that you want to unprotect.

Once you’ve got the sheet open, take a deep breath. You’re one step closer to freedom!

Step 2: Click on Sheet or Range

Click on the protected sheet or range that you wish to unprotect.

This step is like finding the door to the treasure room. You’re almost there!

Step 3: Choose ‘Protect Sheet’

Click on ‘Data’ in the top menu, then select ‘Protect Sheets and Ranges’ from the dropdown.

This step is akin to locating the keyhole. Next, we find the key.

Step 4: Click on the Protected Sheet

A sidebar will appear. Click on the protected sheet.

Imagine this sidebar as the guardian of the sheet. You’re about to convince it to step aside.

Step 5: Click on ‘Unprotect’

Click the ‘Unprotect’ button in the sidebar.

And voilĂ ! You’ve unlocked the sheet. Go ahead, make your changes.

After completing these steps, the Google Sheet will be unprotected and fully editable. All the previous restrictions will be removed, giving you the ability to tweak and change the sheet to your heart’s content.

Tips for Unprotecting a Google Sheet

  • Ensure you have editing permissions for the sheet.
  • Double-check if multiple ranges or sheets are protected and unprotect as necessary.
  • If you can’t unprotect a sheet, reach out to the owner for access.
  • Remember to re-protect the sheet if necessary to prevent unwanted edits.
  • Use version history to revert to previous versions if you make a mistake after unprotected.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t find the ‘Unprotect’ button?

Make sure you’re in the ‘Protected Sheets and Ranges’ sidebar and have selected the correct sheet. If it’s still not there, you might not have permission.

Can I unprotect a sheet if I’m not the owner?

No, you need to have been given editing permissions by the owner to unprotect a sheet.

Will unprotecting a sheet affect its sharing settings?

No, unprotecting a sheet will not change who has access to it, just what they can do with it.

Can I unprotect multiple sheets at once?

You’ll need to unprotect each sheet or range individually, unfortunately.

What happens if I accidentally unprotect a sheet?

You can always re-protect it or use version history to revert to a time before the changes were made.


  1. Open the Google Sheet.
  2. Click on the protected sheet or range.
  3. Choose ‘Protect Sheet’ from the ‘Data’ menu.
  4. Click on the protected sheet in the sidebar.
  5. Click on ‘Unprotect’.


Unprotecting a Google Sheet is as easy as pie once you know the steps. It’s like unlocking a door – find the key, turn it, and step into a world of unlimited possibilities (or at least a world where you can edit your spreadsheet). Remember to exercise this newfound power responsibly. If you’ve been granted access to unprotect a sheet, it’s for a reason. Make your edits, but don’t forget to protect the sheet again if needed. After all, with great power comes great responsibility. If you’re still unsure or have more questions about how to unprotect a Google Sheet, don’t hesitate to reach out to a more experienced user or the sheet’s owner for help. Happy editing!