Days between two dates in Google Sheets

Days between two dates in Google Sheets
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Days between two dates in Google Sheets

We will look at a function DATEDIF in Google Sheets and will look at how to find the number of Years, Months and Days between two dates in Google Sheets.

There can be many instances where finding days between two dates in Google Sheets can be useful. For example, if you want to find the number of days between the value of a stock at two instances. To achieve this, we will be using DATEDIF function. This function not only returns the days between two dates in Google Sheets but also gives you the options to return years, months and many more attributes. We will be discussing this in detail in next section.

Syntax to find Days between two dates in Google Sheets

We will be using another function called DATE() in a few examples. Calculating days, Months or Years between two dates is pretty easy in Google Sheets. We will use a function called DATEDIF. The syntax for the same is as follows. 

DATEDIF(start_date, end_date, unit)

  • start_date: Contains the start date, should be a reference to a cell containing a DATE, a function returning a DATE type, or a number.
  • end_date: Contains the end date, should be a reference to a cell containing a DATE, a function returning a DATE type, or a number.
  • unit: Contains the option to change unit of time. The available option are as follows: 
    • “Y”:  whole years between start_date and end_date
    • “M”: whole months between start_date and end_date
    • “D”: days between start_date and end_date
    • “MD”: days between start_date and end_date after subtracting whole months
    • “YM”: months between start_date and end_date after subtracting whole years.
    • “YD”: the number of days between start_date and end_date, after subtracting the number of whole years

Sample Usage

DATEDIF(DATE(2021, 3, 11), DATE(2020, 9, 4), “D”)

DATEDIF(B6, B7, “YM”)

DATEDIF(“9/16/2008”, “10/24/2010”, “Y”)

Usage Example

Below is a sample sheet that we used to showcase the different attributes that we can use.

Attributes available in DATEIF function
Figure 1: All attributes available in DATEDIF function

One thing to keep in mind is that the DATE function prints the date in MM/DD/YYYY format. 

“Y”, “M” and “D” are easy to understand so let’s go through “MD”, “YM” and “YD”. 

  • MD is the number of days between start and finish after subtracting the whole year. So if the start date is 9/4/2014 and the end date is 10/11/2021 (Remember the date are in MM//DD//YYYY format), the difference between the days is 7 (11-4).
  • Similarly, YM is the number of whole months after subtracting the number of whole years. For example, between 9/4/2014 and 10/11/2021, the difference is 1(10-9).
  • YD is the number of days after subtracting the number of years. For example, between 9/4/2014 and 10/11/2021 there are 37 days if we exclude the whole years.

Conclusion 

We had a look at DATEDIF functions and explored the different attributes associated with the function. Using the function, we saw how to find the number of years, months and days between two dates in Google Sheets. You can read more about DATEDIF in the official documentation here.

See Also

If you want to know more formulas and functions in Google Sheets, look at our definitive guide on Google Sheets which covers hundreds of such topics here. Enjoy reading!

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