How to create a new BigQuery project

Last Updated: August 15, 2022

Once you have successfully created your Google cloud platform account, Google will automatically create a new project for you called ‘My First Project‘.

my first project

But we would create a new project because then we get the option to change the project ID. 

The project ID helps quickly identify your project when working on more than one project in Google Cloud Console.

Let’s create a new project in Google Cloud Console to store GA4 data:

Follow the steps below:

Step-1: Navigate to 

You should now see a screen like the one below (provided you have only one project called ‘My First Project):

my first project welcome

Step-2: Click on the ‘My First Project’ drop-down menu at the top navigation bar:

my first project dropdown

Step-3: Click on the ‘New Project’ button:

new project

You should now see a screen like the one below:

project name

Step-4: Give a descriptive name to your new project (say ‘GA4 BigQuery‘):

project name descriptive

Step-5: Click on the ‘EDIT‘ button to change the project ID (optional):

project id edit

I won’t change the project ID because my existing project ID contains my project name at the very start. 

So I can easily identify my project by its ID later on.

project id

Note: Finding a meaningful project id is not going to be easy. As many IDs have already been taken. And once you change the ID, you can not change it later.

Step-6: Click on the ‘Create‘ button.

project create

Step-7: Click on the link ‘SELECT PROJECT‘ to select the ‘GA4 BigQuery’ project:

select project

Step-8: Type ‘bigquery‘ in the search box:

search bar
search bigquery

Step-9: Click on the first search result to access BigQuery:

search result

You now have access to BigQuery Sandbox:


How to upgrade from the BigQuery Sandbox to the full BigQuery experience

The BigQuery Sandbox lets you use your BigQuery project for free without enabling billing for your project.

However, the sandbox has certain limitations related to data storage and processing query data.

To overcome these limitations, you should upgrade your BigQuery Sandbox account by following the steps below:

Step-1: Navigate to your BigQuery account:

Step-2: Click on the ‘Upgrade‘ button at the top right-hand side:


Step-3: Select your billing account from the drop-down menu:

billing account

Step-4: Click on the ‘Set Account’ button:

billing account set

You should now see a screen like the one below without any Sandbox label at the top, which means you have successfully upgraded to the full BigQuery experience:

full bigquery

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