# How to Calculate Upload Time

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### Things You'll Need

• Calculator
• Convert the file size to units of megabytes by multiplying or dividing by 1,024. If moving from from a larger unit to a smaller, divide by 1,024. On the other hand, if changing a smaller file size to a larger, one multiply by 1,024. The units in order from largest to smallest are gigabyte, megabyte, kilobyte and byte. For example, a 5.0 gigabyte movie file equals 5,120 megabytes.

• Divide the file size by the upload rate, in megabytes per second, to obtain the time required for the upload in seconds. Assuming an upload rate of 2 megabytes per second, you have 5,120 megabytes divided by 2.0 megabytes per second yielding a time of 2,560 seconds.

• Convert the time to minutes by dividing by 60, since each minute contains 60 seconds. Performing this step leads to 2,560 seconds divided by 60, or a time of 42.7 minutes.

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