20 minutes ago from now the time was:

## Finding what time was it 20 minutes ago – A simple calculation

Have you ever needed to figure out What time was it 20 minutes ago? Whether you’re tracking something time-sensitive, trying to schedule an event, or just curious, calculating a previous time based on the current time is a handy skill.

Following is the simplest way to determine what time was it 20 minutes ago. Here are the steps:

### How to calculate what time was it 20 minutes ago

Note the current time (hours and minutes)

Subtract 20 minutes from the current minute value

For example, if the current time is 4:20 PM:

The current time is 4:20 PM

Subtract 20 minutes:

Since 25 minutes is positive, the time 20 minutes ago was 4:00 PM

Another example – if the current time is 11:12 AM:

The current time is 11:12 AM

Subtract 20 minutes:

Since the new minute value is negative, subtract 1 hour and add 60 minutes: 11 hours – 1 hour = 10 hours, -8 minutes + 60 minutes = 52 minutes

Therefore, the time 20 minutes ago was 10:52 AM

This simple calculation allows you to quickly determine a previous time based on the current time. Mastering this skill can be handy for time management, scheduling, and staying on top of time-sensitive tasks.

### Related time calculation question:

**What time was it 30 minutes ago?**