How to change time zone on Windows 11

The clock is out of sync or you're in a different region? Here's how to change the time zone of Windows 11.

Windows 11 change time zone
Windows 11 change time zone / Image: Mauro Huculak

Windows 11 can detect and configure your time zone to automatically display the correct time on the computer, depending on your location. However, your laptop or desktop computer may sometimes show the wrong time for various reasons, including if you are traveling.

If the Taskbar doesn’t show the correct time because the time zone is wrong, you can adjust the settings manually or automatically through the “Time & language” settings.

In this guide, I will teach you the steps to correct the time zone on Windows 11. If you’re dealing with out-of-sync issues when having the correct time zone, you can use these instructions to resync the clock.

Change time zone on Windows 11

To set the correct time zone on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Time & language.

  3. Click the Date & time page.

  4. Turn off the “Set time zone automatically” toggle switch to enable the Time zone setting (if applicable).

  5. Change the time zone setting from the “Time zone” setting.

    Change time zone setting

  6. Turn on the “Adjust for daylight saving time automatically” toggle switch.

  7. (Optional) Turn off and on the “Set time automatically” toggle switch to fix the time.

  8. (Optional) Turn off the “Set time automatically” toggle switch.

    Change time manually

  9. Click the Change button for the “Set the date and time manually” setting and correct time information (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the new time zone will apply to the system.

Set time zone automatically on Windows 11

To set the time zone automatically, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Time & language.

  3. Click the Date & time tab.

  4. Turn on the “Set time zone automatically” toggle switch to set the correct time zone and save daylight time.

    Set time zone automatically

  5. Click the Sync now button to correct the time under the “Additional settings” section (if applicable).

After completing the steps, Windows 11 will automatically apply the time zone settings.

Update May 7, 2024: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes to the process.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].