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Decimal to Time Conversion in Google Sheets: Easy Steps

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
March 25, 2024

To convert decimal to time in Google Sheets, use the formula '=A1/24' for basic conversion or '=TIME(INT(A1), (A1-INT(A1))*60, 0)' and '=ARRAYFORMULA(TEXT(A1/24, "hh:mm:ss"))' for more detailed conversions. Format the cell to time format via Format > Number > Time for correct display.

This guide simplifies the process of displaying hours, minutes, and seconds correctly in your spreadsheets.

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How to Convert Decimal to Time in Google Sheets

Converting decimal numbers to time format in Google Sheets is a common task that can be accomplished using various methods. This guide will walk you through the steps and methods to convert decimal numbers into time format, helping you to display hours, minutes, and seconds correctly in your Google Sheets.

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Convert Decimal to Time Google Sheets

To convert decimal numbers to time in Google Sheets, you can use a simple formula. The decimal number represents the fraction of a day, so you will need to convert this fraction into a format that Google Sheets recognizes as time.

Here's a basic method to convert decimal hours to a time format:


Assuming the decimal number is in cell A1, this formula divides the decimal number by 24 (the number of hours in a day) to convert it into Google Sheets' time format. You should then format the cell with the formula to a time format by going to Format > Number > Time.

Google Sheets Convert Decimal to Time

Another approach involves using more specific formulas to convert decimal numbers representing hours and minutes into a time format. This method provides more control over the conversion, especially if your decimal numbers represent hours and minutes separately.

For hours and minutes stored in separate cells:

'=TIME(INT(A1), (A1-INT(A1))*60, 0)'

This formula assumes that the decimal hours are in cell A1. It extracts the hours and minutes, converting them into a time format. The INT function gets the integer part for hours, and the remaining decimal part is multiplied by 60 to convert it to minutes.

How to Convert Decimal to Time in Google Sheets

If you need to convert a decimal number that represents a specific time duration in hours, minutes, and seconds, you can use a more detailed formula:

'=ARRAYFORMULA(TEXT(A1/24, "hh:mm:ss"))'

This formula converts the decimal number in A1 into a duration format, displaying hours, minutes, and seconds. The TEXT function is used to format the numeric value as time, and ARRAYFORMULA allows the formula to be applied to an entire column if needed.

Google Sheets Time Format

Understanding Google Sheets' time format is crucial for effectively converting and manipulating time data. Google Sheets stores time as a fraction of a day, so knowing how to format these values correctly is essential for displaying and calculating time correctly.

To customize the time format:

1. Select the cell or range of cells with the time.

2. Go to Format > Number > More Formats > Custom number format.

3. Enter your desired time format, such as 'hh:mm:ss' for hours, minutes, and seconds, and click Apply.

This method allows you to display the converted decimal time in various formats, depending on your needs, such as showing only hours and minutes or including seconds.

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Automate Your Google Sheets Effortlessly with Bardeen

While converting decimal to time in Google Sheets can be done manually with formulas, automating your spreadsheet tasks can significantly enhance efficiency and accuracy. Automating with Bardeen not only saves time but also minimizes the risk of manual errors. For instance, integrating Google Sheets with other services can streamline data entry, analysis, and reporting processes, making your workflows much more efficient.

Here are a few examples of how Bardeen's playbooks can automate tasks related to Google Sheets:

  1. Copy a table from Airtable to Google Sheets every day: This playbook clears all data from a Google Sheet and copies a table from Airtable into it daily, perfect for syncing data across platforms.
  2. Copy all emails from a timeframe to Google Sheets, saving all attachments in Google Drive: Automates the process of saving email data and attachments into Google Sheets and Google Drive, making email management easier.
  3. Get a daily summary of your emails and save to Google Sheets: Finds emails for a specified timeframe, summarizes them, and adds the details to a Google Sheets spreadsheet every day.

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