How to Set a Custom Time Zone in Gmail

Fix your time zone settings if your email times are off

Clock faces showing times in major world cities
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Make sure your Gmail time zone is set correctly for smooth email operation. If times seem off, such as if your emails appear to come from the future, or your recipients are starting to notice and complain, changing your Gmail time zone is an easy fix.

You should also check your operating system's time zone (and Daylight Saving Time options) to ensure that the computer's clock is correct.

If you use Google Chrome, a bug in the browser may interfere with your Gmail time zone. Updating to Google Chrome's latest version (click the Chrome menu and select Update Google Chrome if available or Help > About Google Chrome) takes care of the problem.

Correct Your Gmail Time Zone

To set your Gmail time zone:

  1. Click the Settings gear button at the top right of Google Calendar.

  2. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.

    Settings submenu in Google Calendar's Gear icon
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  3. Select the correct time zone under the Your current time zone section.

    If you cannot find the correct city or time zone, try checking Display all time zones or make sure your country is chosen correctly under the ‚ÄčCountry question just above the time zone area.

    Time Zone drop down menu, highlighting Alaska Time - Anchorage in Google Calendar Settings
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  4. In older versions of Google Calendar, you would have needed to click Save. In the latest version, settings are saved automatically.