Converting GBP to USD really means converting the British Pound (£) to United States Dollars (US$). While several online conversion tools are available to convert these two currencies, understanding how to calculate USD from GBP and vice versa will allow you to convert these currencies anywhere at any time.
Write down the number of British Pounds you wish to convert to dollars. As an example, we will start with 5 GBP.
Check the exchange rate for currency at the second link under Resources or another online currency conversion site. The conversion of GBP is not a consistent number. You must have the current value in order to convert properly.
Example: 1 GBP or British Pound £ is equal to 1.5936 U.S. dollars. Therefore, multiply the number of GBP by 1.5936.
For our example, 5 GBP x 1.5936 US dollars = 7.96800 dollars or $7.97
You may also wish to convert USD to GBP by reversing the process. Divide the number of dollars by 1.5936 and you will end up back at 5 GBP.
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