No-code app builders - build apps from Google Sheets

For the longest time, the average person could only ever dream of developing their own app.

You had to learn programming, cross-platform app development, backend computing, and UI design. Not only was it complicated, it was also expensive and time-consuming. Only those with enough time and financial stability could stand a chance.

Now, those days are gone. Today, you can create your own app without having to write even a single line of code.

So think about your daily workflow — see whether you can organize or automate anything by creating an app for it. If anything comes to mind, the following software will help you transform your vision into reality. It’s easier than ever.

Below are 3 no-code ways to create your own app from Google Sheets.

1. AppSheet

Best for: Experienced, analytical people that don’t code but have a clear vision and need lots of control to make it happen

AppSheet is the pioneer of building apps from spreadsheets and is currently the most trusted platform for building, publishing, and managing no-code apps. Since the company is owned by Google, you can use it seamlessly with the rest of the Google Workspace apps.

Using AppSheet, you can build entire apps without ever having to write a single line of code. It is an incredibly robust platform that gives you control over the entire application lifecycle — from app building, testing, deployment, management, and more. The platform has helped over 3 million no-code apps come to life. 

Here’s a simple inventory manager app made using AppSheet.

2. Glide

Best for: People that want something simple and just need to create an app and launch it ASAP

Glide is a visual app-builder that takes what AppSheet did and condenses it into something simpler and faster.

By focusing on performance, usability, and modern app design, Glide lets people create apps without conflict. Everything’s seamless, right from the get-go. And if you ever find yourself lost on what to do for app improvement, Glide’s helpful video guides might be able to give you some inspiration.

Glide is so revolutionarily simple that it has empowered a team of educators, none of which experienced in coding, to kickstart a global library app of COVID-19 educational resources. Tens of thousands of educators have since jumped in to help, keeping the app updated constantly — and all it took to start was just 30 minutes in Glide.

Watch Lynn Herr talk about her Glide-developed COVID-19 app here:

3. Stacker

Best for: Teams that use Airtable and need an internal tool with very specific workflows and capabilities

Stacker lets you turn your Airtable (or Google Sheet!) into an application with login, lists, forms and buttons. It’s ideal for creating customer portals, partner directories or a better interface for your team.

Stacker is a solution people have dubbed the “missing piece of the Airtable jigsaw” and is a wonderful alternative to AppSheet or Glide — offering a similarly robust feature set and user-friendliness, but with the alternative to use Airtable as a database. Customers have made everything from onboarding processes to light CRMs using Stacker.

Here’s an example CRM made with Stacker.

Should you use a no-code app builder?

The reason no-code app builders are so great is because they empower anyone to make their ideas come to life. Whether you’re an enthusiastic entrepreneur or a good-willed individual who needs to test out an idea, no-code app builders will help make your vision come true — and all you have to do is come up with a plan.

That said, these no-code solutions do have their limitations. Plenty of people have made successful apps before using no-code app builders, but many eventually run into problems with scalability and customization. Programming is just too complicated to encapsulate into a single no-code interface. Sooner or later, there will be problems.

So before diving in and investing yourself fully into no-code solutions, think about your goal. Do you want something super specific and infinitely scalable — or do you just need something done quick and worry about the details later? If you answered the second one, then no-code might be for you.

Build your app. Let the data update itself.

If you’re building an app using Google Sheets as a database, then you should know how easy it is to automate your data transfers.

We’ve developed Apipheny for that exact purpose — freeing up your time by ridding you of manual copy-pasting and data importing.

This way, your Google Sheets database is always up to date.

Introducing Apipheny, a Google Sheets add-on that lets you import data directly into Google Sheets — and save up to an hour of your workday.

It lets you connect virtually any API to Google Sheets — in just a matter of seconds.

This means you can now import data directly from your favorite data sources — and finally stop switching between tabs with your fingers stuck on Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V.

Here’s Apipheny CEO & Co-Founder, Meelad, showing you just how easy it is to use the add-on.

Apipheny lets you do the following things:

  • Skip the scripting & coding part of APIs.
  • Retrieve and send data from your favorite data sources easily, using the GET and POST request features.
  • Access virtually any REST API, whether it’s JSON or CSV.
  • Get the data you need in a nice, clean, list on your spreadsheet with the JSON converter.
  • Save time by automating your API calls with the Save and Schedule features.

Try it for free. No credit card needed.

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