Your iPhone automatically sets the appropriate time zone using your location, but if you want, you can manually change the time zone by entering your city’s name. Here’s how to do that.

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Manually Set the Time Zone on iPhone

To manually specify a time zone, you’ll first disable the automatic date and time option on your iPhone.

To do so, first, launch the Settings app on your phone. In Settings, tap “General.”

Select "General" in Settings.

On the “General” screen, tap “Date & Time.”

Choose "Date & Time" in "General."

When the “Date & Time” page opens, turn off the “Set Automatically” option.

If you find that “Set Automatically” is grayed out, check out the final section in this guide to learn what to do.

Disable the "Set Automatically" option.

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Now that the automatic option is disabled, specify a new time zone by tapping the “Time Zone” option.

Tap "Time Zone."

On the “Time Zone” page, in the text box at the top, type your city’s name. Your iPhone will use the date and time for that city.

Once your city appears in the list, tap it.

Find and tap a city in the list.

You’ll be back to the “Date & Time” screen, and your iPhone now uses the time and date for your selected city (time zone).

Time zone changed on iPhone.

And that’s all there is to manually changing the time zone on an iPhone. Enjoy!

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Why Can’t I Turn Off the “Set Automatically” Option?

If “Set Automatically” is grayed out and you can’t toggle it off, you’ll have to turn off Screen Time on your iPhone before you can do that. The Screen Time feature prevents users from manually setting the time and date.

To disable Screen Time, open Settings on your iPhone and tap “Screen Time.”

Tap "Screen Time" in Settings.

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On the “Screen Time” page, at the bottom, tap “Turn Off Screen Time.”

Select "Turn Off Screen Time" at the bottom.

In the prompt, tap “Turn Off Screen Time” to deactivate the feature.

Choose "Turn Off Screen Time" in the prompt.

Now that the feature is disabled, follow the steps in the first section above to manually set a time zone on your iPhone.


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