Before you set up an international Skype call or message a friend in another country, you often need to check what time it is in her time zone. Here’s how you can do this quickly and easily on your iPhone or iPad.
If you only occasionally check the time in another country, you don’t need to download an app or search it on Google.
Just press and hold the Side button on your iPhone or say, “Hey, Siri,” to your iPhone or iPad to bring up Siri. Then ask, “What’s the time in (city).” Siri will instantly tell you the time.
Use the Clock App
If you frequently monitor multiple time zones, you can use the World Clock feature in the Clock app.
To do so, open the Clock app on your iPhone or iPad and go to the “World Clock” tab. Here, tap the plus sign (+) in the top toolbar.
Search for the city, and then tap it in the list to add it to the World Clock section.
You now see the current time for that city in the World Clock section. You can repeat the process to add more cities to the list.
The next time you want to check the time in a different time zone, just open the Clock app and head to the World Clock section.
Use the World Clock Time Widget
If you check time zones multiple times per day, it’s best to use a dedicated widget. This way, you can just right-swipe your iPhone or iPad lock screen (there’s no need to unlock your iPhone) any time you need to check time zones.
First, download the free World Clock Time Widget app. Next, open the app and tap the plus sign (+) in the top-right corner.
Search for a city, and then tap it to add it to the list.
Repeat this process to add more cities.
To rearrange the list, tap the Edit button. From here, you can use the “Handle” icon to reorder the list. To delete a city, tap the red dash (–).
You can also tap the Edit icon to rename any city.
Here, you can change the name of the city to a friend or client’s name to make it easier to read the time zone. Tap “OK” to save the name.
Now, let’s set up the widget. Go to your iPhone or iPad home screen and swipe right to reveal the “Today View” widget panel.
Swipe all the way to the bottom of the page, and then tap “Edit.”
Find the “World Clock” widget and tap the plus sign (+) next to it.
The World Clock widget is now enabled. Swipe up to the top of the page and use the Handle icon to move the widget to the top of the list, if you prefer.
Tap “Done” to go back to the widgets screen.
You now see the World Clock widget at the top of the screen with all your time zones arranged in the same order as the app.
By default, the widget shows time in analog mode. You can change this in the Settings menu. To do so, tap the Gear icon.
Now, switch to the Digital tab.
You now see all your time zones in digital mode. Along with the time, digital mode also shows the day of the week.
If you use an iPad, you can now pin the Today View widgets panel right to the home screen, making it easier to access your time zones and other widgets.