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How to use Google Tables outside the US

Google recently launched a new product called Tables – a lightweight database similar to the likes of Airtable.

However being in beta, and launched by Google’s incubator Area 120, it’s only officially available in the United States for now.

But if you’re outside the US, at least for now you can still access Tables using the following method. Note that the usual caveats apply, in that Google may block this at any time and your success may vary.

  1. Sign up for a free trial of a VPN with a United States point of presence, such as encrypt.me
  2. Configure your computer/Mac/phone to use the VPN. Normally that involves downloading an app provided by your VPN provider.
  3. Enable the VPN, and open the Google Tables site. Click “Get started” in the top right-hand corner to login.
  4. You should get prompted to sign in with your Google Account. Enter your Google credentials, and as long as your VPN is active you should be able to login and start using Tables.
  5. If you’re not able to login still, make sure your VPN is located in the United States. To configure this in encrypt.me, go to Preferences > Transporter > North America > United States and choose a location.
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Meet Google Tables – Google’s Airtable competitor

Google – through its incubator Area 120 – recently announced its own Airtable competitor, Tables. In this post we’ll take a look at how you can get started with Tables.

Meet Google Tables

What is Google Tables?

Think of Tables as a lightweight spreadsheet, similar to Microsoft Access database, or a competitor to Airtable. Using bots, you can create automations that do everything from emailing people when rows are added or changed, to modifying other rows or posting to a webhook.

Google Tables beta, available now in the United States.

Is Tables free?

Yes, there’s a free plan available. However it limits the number of rows you can have in a table to 1000, and you can only have 100 tables in total.

The paid plan ups that to 10,000 rows across 1000 tables, as well as providing more generous attachment sizes and actions.

Why use Tables instead of Google Sheets?

At this point Sheets are far more advanced than Tables. If you’re after functionality like formulas, you’ll want to stick to Sheets.

Tables really shines for lightweight data, like form responses and datasets that you might otherwise look to store in a database.

Be sure to check out Tables pricing too, as Sheets might be able to meet your needs for free.

Also note that Tables is still a part of Google’s incubator Area 120. As such it’s essentially still classified an experiment unlike Sheets, which is a fully-fledged Google product. This means there is no guarantee of Tables continued availability – particularly given Google’s history of losing interest in its experiments.

What other features does Tables have?

Tables allow you to create forms to allow anyone to input data into your tables. The form title, description and submission message can be customised, as can the layout of fields on the page. Each field maps to a field in your table, and can be hidden or marked as required.

The other powerful feature of Tables is automations via Bots. Bots allow you to perform various actions based on a set list of triggers, which include insertion or deletion of rows, column value changes, and cron or time-based.

What’s the difference between a workspace and a table?

A workspace is a collection of tables. Each table stores a particular set of data, organised into columns and rows. Workspaces can be shared with other people.

Where is Tables available?

Officially at the moment only those located in the United States can use Tables. But if you’re still keen to try it out, follow these steps to get access from anywhere.