Google Sheets SECOND Function

This post will guide you how to use Google Sheets SECOND function with syntax and examples.


The Google Sheets SECOND function returns the seconds of a time value. Or returns an integer value that represent the second component of a given excel time. And the return value is between 0-59.

For example, if you pass a time of 6:32:54 PM into SECOND function, and it will return 54. You can use this function to extract the second component from a time value.

The SECOND function can be used to get the second component of a given time in google sheets. The purpose of this function is to get the second as a number from a time and its returned values is a number that representing time. You can use the SECOND function to extract the second into a cell or you can also pass the result into another function as a new formula.

The SECOND function is a build-in function in Google Sheets and it is categorized as a Date function.


The syntax of the SECOND function is as below:

=SECOND (Time )

Where the SECOND function arguments is:

  • Time -This is a required argument. The time from which you want to extract the second component. it may be typed as text string within quotation marks (for example, “13:52 PM”), or it can be a decimal numbers (for example, 0.5), or the result of a formula (for example, TIMEVALUE(“13.54:30 PM”)).  It must be a cell reference that containing a date or time, or a function that returning a date/time type or a number.


  • A serial date is how the google sheets stores dates and times and it represents the number of days since 1900-01-01, so the January 1, 1900 date is serial number 1 by default.
  • If the Time argument is not a valid time, it will return #VALUE! Error.
  • Time argument can be supplied to the SECOND function as a time text string or as a decimal number. If you wish to create a time value with separate hour, minute and second, you can use the TIME function.

Google Sheets SECOND Function Examples

The below examples will show you how to use google sheets SECOND Function to return the seconds of a given time value.

1# get the seconds from an Excel time 6:38:45, enter the following formula in Cell B1.


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2# Get the second portion of the date with no second portion specified, enter the following formula in Cell B3.


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It will return 0.