# How to Convert Latitude and Longitude Units from Decimal Form to Degrees

Two Methods:Decimal form to Degrees and MinutesDecimal Form to Degree, Minutes, and Seconds

Do you own a FREE copy of Google Earth? Have you ever noticed the form they use for tracking your location on a map? They use decimal form? So you can better reorient yourself when using a map using this coordinate, you'll need to convert it. This article will explain to you how to convert this coordinate, so you can better find yourself.

## Steps

### Method 1 Decimal form to Degrees and Minutes

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**Obtain and multiply the decimal form of the decimal form to the right of the calculation measurement by 60.**If the item is located at 30.08833, you can rest assured that the degrees will always be the same (to the left of the decimal point). - 2
**Write down the answer you obtain.**This will become your minutes portion.- Be sure to include your units, which, as the answer to this problem signifies, should be degrees and minutes, and, if this problem is a vector, display it's direction in which the item is pointing at.

### Method 2 Decimal Form to Degree, Minutes, and Seconds

- 1
**Continue from where the top portion left off (if you'd like to go even further out with your calculations).**Look at the new displayed decimal portion to the right of the calculated value that you obtained from converting the decimal into minutes. - 2
**Multiply the decimal part of the minutes portion you obtained above by 60.** - 3
**Write down this number to the right of the minutes portion.**This answer will have become the seconds. This may even become a decimal itself, but it will be far closer to a real number than what the decimal form showed us.- Be sure to include your units, which for this problem, should then be in degrees, minutes and seconds. If this object is a vector, include the direction.

## Tips

- This article should be helpful when trying to convert the degrees a location is, when using Google Earth or some other visual map program that has these units, and trying to pinpoint this location on a map of another form.

## Article Info

Categories: Map and Orienteering Skills