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How to set the correct time zone on Windows 10

Is Windows 10 displaying the wrong time? It's probably because your device has the incorrect time zone configured — Here's how to fix it.

Time zone settings on Windows 10

On a new installation, Windows 10 configures the default time zone to display the correct time on your computer. Although the OS is very accurate detecting your location to use the correct settings, sometimes your computer may not have the correct configuration for the local time, especially if you’re traveling.

Thankfully, Windows 10 offers a number of ways to change the time zone on your device, and there is even an option in the Settings app to let the OS set the time zone automatically.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to set the correct time zone on your Windows 10 device using Settings and Control panel.

How to set time zone manually on Windows 10

To change the time zone on Windows 10 using the Settings app use the following steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & language.
  3. Click on Date & time.
  4. Use the “Time zone” drop-down menu to select the correct time zone.
  5. Change time zone settings on Windows 10 manually
    Change time zone settings on Windows 10 manually

After completing the steps, Windows 10 will use the time zone you selected.

How to set time zone automatically on Windows 10

It’s also possible to let Windows 10 automatically set the correct time zone automatically using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & language.
  3. Click on Date & time.
  4. Turn on the Set time zone automatically toggle switch.
  5. Change time zone settings on Windows 10 automatically
    Change time zone settings on Windows 10 automatically

Once you’ve completed the steps, the “Time zone” drop-down menu will be grayed out and Windows 10 will set the correct for your location.

How to set time zone using Control Panel

You can also use Control Panel to change the time zone settings if you’re running Windows 10 or previous versions, such as Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 using these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on Clock, Language, and Region.Click the Change the time zone link.
  3. Click the Change time zone button.
  4. Select the appropriate time for your location.
  5. Time zone settings in Control Panel
    Time zone settings in Control Panel
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Apply.
  8. Click OK.

After completing the steps, your computer will use the time zone you’ve selected. Also note that you can also select the option to adjust the clock automatically for Daylight Saving Time.