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Convert Military to Standard Time in Google Sheets: 5 Steps

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
March 26, 2024

To convert military time to standard time in Google Sheets, simply select your cells, use the Format menu, choose Number > More Formats > More date and time formats, and apply a 12-hour format. This straightforward method does not require formulas and can be done quickly.

For more complex needs or text format data, formulas like '=TIMEVALUE(LEFT(A2,2)&":"&RIGHT(A2, 2))' can be used, followed by formatting the result as desired.

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Google Sheets Convert to Military Time

Converting time formats in Google Sheets, especially from standard time to military time (24-hour format), is a common task that can be easily accomplished using Google Sheets' built-in formatting tools. This process is useful for standardizing time entries in your spreadsheets, particularly if you're working with data that spans across different time zones or requires a uniform time format for reporting and analysis.

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How to Change Military Time on Google Sheets

To change the time format in Google Sheets from military time to standard time, you can use the Format menu. This method allows you to select the cells containing time data and apply a new format that displays the time in a 12-hour format with AM/PM indicators. This is particularly handy if your spreadsheet has been set to use the 24-hour format by default or if you're working with imported data that uses military time.

Convert Military Time to Standard Time in Google Sheets

For converting military time to standard time in Google Sheets, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cells you want to convert.
  2. Go to the Format menu.

      3. Choose Number, then More Formats, and select More date and time formats.

      4. Find or customize the format to show time in a 12-hour format (e.g., "1:30 PM" or "1:30:30 PM").

      5. Click Apply to save the changes.

This method does not require any formulas and directly changes the appearance of the time data in your spreadsheet. However, if you need to keep the original military time values while also displaying the standard time, consider using a helper column where you can apply the new format without altering the original data.

Google Sheets Military Time

Understanding how Google Sheets handles time formats is crucial for effectively managing and analyzing your time-based data. Google Sheets can automatically recognize and format time values, assuming a 12-hour format when "AM" or "PM" is specified, and defaulting to a 24-hour format otherwise. This automatic recognition simplifies data entry and ensures consistency across your spreadsheet. However, when dealing with a mix of time formats or converting existing data, using the Format menu as described above is the recommended approach.


For more advanced conversions or when dealing with time data in text format, you might need to use formulas. A simple formula to convert military time (in text format) to standard time is:


After applying this formula, remember to format the resulting cells to display the time in your desired format (12-hour or 24-hour) by using the Format menu. This formula approach is particularly useful when dealing with time data that doesn't automatically convert or when performing calculations based on time values.

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Automate Time Conversion in Google Sheets with Bardeen

While converting military time to standard time in Google Sheets can be done manually using built-in formatting tools or formulas, automating this process can significantly improve efficiency, especially when dealing with large datasets or recurring data entry tasks. Automation through Bardeen not only streamlines the conversion process but also allows for seamless integration with other applications, enhancing productivity and data accuracy.

Explore some of the powerful automations that can be built with Bardeen's Google Sheets integration:

  1. Copy a list of meetings during a timeframe to a Google Sheet: This automation is perfect for professionals looking to synchronize their meeting schedules from Google Calendar to Google Sheets, making it easier to manage and analyze their appointments.
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  3. Get a daily summary of your emails and save to Google Sheets: A valuable automation for those looking to summarize and log their daily email communications in Google Sheets, enabling better email management and oversight.

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