In Microsoft Excel, we can calculate the average (the arithmetic mean) with the help of the **AVERAGE function**. But when you approach an advanced level, e.g. applying some criteria or finding the average of blank cells, you can’t find the mean with only the **AVERAGE** function. In that case, using the **AVERAGEIFS function** would be beneficial for you. Though both these functions offer the average of specific criteria, there are some significant differences between the **AVERAGEIF** and **AVERAGEIFS **functions. In this article, we’re going to show you the difference between **AVERAGEIF** and **AVERAGEIFS** with relevant examples. So, let’s get started.

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## 4 Cases to Show the Difference Between AVERAGEIF and AVERAGEIFS Functions in Excel

The **AVERAGEIF** function is like a baby walking. On the other hand, the **AVERAGEIFS **function is like a human running. Briefly, the **AVERAGEIFS** process helps you estimate the average of multiple criteria, whereas the **AVERAGEIF** only calculates for single criteria. As we said earlier, by using **AVERAGEIFS**, you can calculate for the more advanced dataset. Here we have used a dataset of **Student’s Marks** in exams and their **Passing Year**.

Not to mention, we have used the ** Microsoft 365** version. You can use any other version according to your preferences.

### 1. AVERAGEIF vs AVERAGEIFS While Considering Criteria

Basically, the **AVERAGEIF function** estimates the average based on a single criterion. But we can’t get the average with the **AVERAGEIF** function when it comes to multiple criteria. In this case, the **AVERAGEIFS** function comes as a savior. The **AVERAGEIFS** function solves our problem by calculating multiple criteria. Mainly, this is the basic difference between these two functions. Follow the steps to get a proper idea of this factor.

**📌**** Steps:**

- First of all, go to cell
**E15**and write up the formula.

**=AVERAGEIF(D5:D13,”Pass”,C5:C13)**

Here,

**D5:D13** = The criteria range.

**C5:C15 **= The average range.

The **AVERAGEIF(D5:D13, “Pass”, C5:C13) **syntax will look for the text “Pass” in the **criteria_range** **D5:D13** and then take the marks for “Pass” from the **average_range **of **C5:C13**. Lastly, it shows the average for our given criteria.

- Now, we will try to insert another criterion. We want to evaluate the average of the passing out
*Students’ Marks*from*2020*. That means we don’t want to count the successful students of 2018, and 2019. We can’t do this with the**AVERAGEIF**function. Rather we need to perform an**AVERAGEIFS**formula regarding this matter. Go through the steps.

**📌**** Steps:**

- In the very beginning, go to cell
**E16**and write the formula.

**=AVERAGEIFS(C5:C13,E5:E13,”>=2020″,D5:D13,”Pass”)**

**Formula Breakdown:**

**AVERAGEIFS(C5:C13,E5:E13,”>=2020″,D5:D13,”Pass”)→ **The **average_range** is **C5:C13, **the **criteria_range1** is** E5:E15** and the **criteria1** is **>=2020**. The function will take the value. Then **D5:D13 **is the **criteria_range2** and the **criteria2** is** “Pass”**. Eventually, the function will look for the value that satisfies both criteria. Finally, calculate the average.

*Note: **The formula syntax of the AVERAGEIFS function is slightly different as it takes the average_range at first whereas the AVERAGEIF function takes it at the end.*

- Finally, you will get your average for both the functions but as you can see the results are different as we entered 2 arguments in the
**AVERAGEIFS**function.

**Read More:** **Excel AVERAGEIFS with Multiple Criteria in Same Range**

### 2. AVERAGEIF vs AVERAGEIFS for Blank Cells

While there are blanks in your sheet, Excel’s **AVERAGE** function can’t remove them while calculating. But the **AVERAGEIF** and **AVERAGEIFS** functions can. The **AVERAGEIF** function calculates the average ignoring the blank cells. But it can calculate the average of blank cells, whereas the **AVERAGEIFS** function can calculate the average either for the blank cells or ignoring the blank cells. Let’s clear up the confusion with an example in the following steps.

**📌**** Steps:**

- First of all, in this image, we can see there are some blank cells. We will evaluate the average by ignoring the blanks.
- Consequently, write down the below formula for doing it.

**=AVERAGEIF(C5:C13,”<>0″)**

The **AVERAGEIF(C5:C13,”<>0″) **syntax will take the value greater than 0 and display the average.

- Eventually, you will get the result by pressing
**ENTER**.

- On the other hand, the
**AVERAGEIFS**process will calculate for blank text. Suppose you want to know the average of the values that contain a blank cell. The**AVERAGEIF**function can’t help you out in this matter. But the**AVERAGEIFS**can.

**📌**** Steps:**

- Initially, select cell
**C15**and enter the formula.

**=AVERAGEIFS(C5:C13, B5:B13,”=”)**

Here, the function takes the** average_range **as **C5:C13 **and looks for the blank cells in the **criteria_range** of **B5:B13**. Then it will estimate the average for blank cells,

- Press
**ENTER**.

- Subsequently, you will get your result.

**Read More:** **How to Use AVERAGEIFS Between Two Values in Excel**

### 3. AVERAGEIF vs AVERAGEIFS While Excluding Zero and Blank Cells Simultaneously

Both the **AVERAGEIF** and** AVERAGEIFS** functions can evaluate the average excluding zeros. But the extra advantage you will get from the** AVERAGEIFS** is that it can calculate the average by excluding zeros and blank cells both in the same sheet. Pretty nice, right? We will demonstrate to you the steps regarding this.

**📌**** Steps:**

- Firstly, select cell
**C15**and insert the below formula.

**=AVERAGEIF(C5:C13,”>0″)**

Here, It will take the value greater than zero and calculate the arithmetic mean.

- Press
**ENTER**.

- Eventually, you will get the results.

- In the
**AVERAGEIFS**function, we have entered the formula.

**=AVERAGEIFS(C5:C15,C5:C15,”>0″,C5:C15,”<>”””)**

Here, we search the result for multiple arguments. One is for the value in the** cirteria_range **greater than zero, and the other is for blanks. For that, we insert **“<>”** as our second criterion.

- Gradually, after pressing
**ENTER**you will get your preferred result.

**Read More:** **AVERAGEIFS for Multiple Criteria in Different Columns in Excel**

### 4. AVERAGEIF vs AVERAGEIFS with OR Type Logic

The **OR logic** means adding some extra numbers with the same formula. Let’s clear up the confusion. Suppose you have a dataset where 2 specific **Subjects’ Marks** are given. Now, you want to estimate the average of **Physics** and** Math** individually and then add them to get the final average. You can perform this operation with both functions. But the **AVERAGEIFS **function saves valuable time as the formula is very easy to write and insert. On the other hand, the **AVERAGEIF **formula with **OR** type logic is big to write. It kills our time and there are possibilities to show errors in that case. See the examples we have provided with the steps.

**📌**** Steps:**

- Primarily, select cell
**C15**and input the formula.

**=(AVERAGEIF(D5:D13, “Physics”, C5:C13)+AVERAGEIF(D5:D13, “Math”, C5:C13))/2**

**Formula Breakdown:**

**AVERAGEIF(D5:D13, “Physics”, C5:C13)→ **The function will look for the **criteria** **Physics **from range **D5:D13 **and then take the **average_range **for **Physics** from **C5:C13** and average them.

**AVERAGEIF(D5:D13, “Math”, C5:C13)→ **It will look for the **criteria** **Math **from range **D5:D13 **and then take the **average_range **for **Math** from **C5:C13** and average them.

**(AVERAGEIF(D5:D13,”Physics”,C5:C13)+AVERAGEIF(D5:D13,”Math”,C5:C13))/2→ **After that, it will add both the averages and divide it by 2 for the final average.

- Afterward, press
**ENTER**and get the answer.

- On the other hand, in the
**AVERAGEIFS**function, the formula is likely to be.

**=AVERAGE(AVERAGEIFS(C5:C13, D5:D13,{“Physics”, “Math”}))**

Here,

The function will take the value for both the subjects of **Physics **and **Math **from the **criteria_range **of **D5:D13** and then average them from the **average_range **of **C5:C13**.

- Then, press
**ENTER**. - Thus, you will get the result.

Now, as you can see, both the functions delivered the same output, but the **AVERAGEIFS** formula is pretty simple and handy compared to the formula of the** AVERAGEIF **function. Hopefully, we think that you get the difference here.

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