How to Convert Time: Hours, Minutes, Decimals

How to convert time
By Michelle Kruse | Read time: 3 minutes

How Do You Convert Time?

Converting hours to decimals or even just hours to minutes is confusing. Hours and minutes fall under different specifications depending on their uses. This doesn’t make it any easier when you need specific conversions. Things like payroll or scheduling can require different formats. Luckily, you don’t need a math degree to get this done! Let’s take a look at different time conversions you may need.

How Do You Convert Time Into Minutes?

Taking hours and converting them to minutes is actually easier than it may seem. First, you need to understand that hours and minutes use a base of 60. That means that 1 hour is the same as 60 minutes. With that in mind, you can take a look at different hour amounts and multiply them by 60. This will allow you to determine the number of minutes within that hour number. For example, 2 hours is 120 minutes and 40 hours is 2,400 minutes. It can be hard to remember different conversions like this one. That is why we’ve provided a free time conversion guide at the end! 

How Do You Convert Time Into Hours?

Keeping the minute conversions in mind, we can easily convert minutes into hours. While previously we were multiplying by 60, now we can simply divide by 60. We can take 480 minutes and convert it to 8 or 2,130 minutes and convert that to 35.5 hours. You’ll find this conversion in the guide as well.

How Do You Convert Hours and Minutes to Decimals?

We’ve established that hours and minutes have a base of 60. But the reason for converting time to a decimal format is difficult is because decimals have a base of 100. You might be wondering why decimal time exists, which is a question we’ve all asked ourselves at one point. To understand these conversions, think of the 60 minute time as a whole unit (1) that divides equally. For example, a full hour is now 1.0 in decimal time whereas 30 minutes is 0.5 in decimal time. With this in mind, what is .75 of an hour? That would be 45 minutes! 

But what about when time isn’t completely rounded, say 37 or 52 minutes? This is where the easiest way to determine the time becomes using a conversion chart. You can use the one below or in the guide attached to this post.

Convert Time

Download ClockShark’s Time Conversion Chart

Understanding Time Conversion

It’s hard to remember so many different units and conversions for time. Like with many math-related issues, it becomes easier to have a visual guide. We’ve provided a handy guide with easy to reference conversions when you’re calculating time. When you’re ready to let someone else take over the heavy lifting, our time tracking, and scheduling app is for you! Let ClockShark worry about the conversions, reports, and automatic time tracking. And you’ll have more time to focus on other things that (hopefully) don’t involve math. 

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