How to See Which Apps Can View Your iPhone Photos

Over time it can be easy to forget all the different apps you have allowed to have read/write access to the Photos app on iPhone.

Over time it can be easy to forget all the different apps you have allowed to have read/write access to the Photos app on iPhone.

Your photos include not only visual information but also metadata that might reveal your location or when the photo was taken, among other information..

Whether you are doing some regular maintenance or want to check on a specific app, let’s explore how to see which apps have access to your photos and even revoke access.

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First, open Settings (the gear icon) on your iPhone. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and tap the Privacy option. See below image:

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Accessing the Privacy option

Now, tap the Photos option. See following image:

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Accessing the Photos option

Here, you will see a list of installed apps that have requested access to your photos. Beside each one is a status that shows one of three options. Here is their meaning:

  • Selected Photos: The app can access only a set of photos that you manually select.
  • All Photos: The app can access all photos on your device.
  • None: The app cannot access any of your photos.

To change these settings, tap an app name in the list. Refer to below image:

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Accessing an app

On the details screen for the app, you can change whether or not the particular app you selected can access your photos. See below image:

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Enabling the None option for the selected app

Alternately, you can choose Selected Photos and a pop-up that browses your photo library will appear. See following image:

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Your photos. Select which one(s) you want Photos access

Tap any photos you would like the app to access, then tap Done. Any photos you do not select will be unavailable to the app.

Now, tap Photos in the corner to go back one screen, then exit Settings. The change will take effect immediately. If you ever need to change the setting again, just revisit the above steps.

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How to See Which Apps Are Accessing Your Camera or Microphone on iPhone

Some iPhone apps require camera/microphone access to function properly, and some do not. Apple has introduced new app privacy settings with iOS 14 and higher, which allow you to see what apps have camera/microphone access. This way, you can change camera/microphone settings for any app, all in the same place, so apps that do not need to see or hear you, can not.

Some iPhone apps require camera/microphone access to function properly, and some do not. Apple has introduced new app privacy settings with iOS 14 and higher, which allow you to see what apps have camera/microphone access. This way, you can change camera/microphone settings for any app, all in the same place, so apps that do not need to see or hear you, can not.

Let’s explore how to allow camera/microphone access on your iPhone or turn it off.

This is for iPhone running iOS 14+

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First, open Settings (the gear icon) on your iPhone. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down and tap the Privacy option. See below image:

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Accessing Privacy option

Now, scroll down and tap the Camera or Microphone option. See following image:

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Accessing Microphone or Camera option

Here, you will see a list of apps that have asked you for camera or microphone access in the past. Apps that currently have access to your iPhone camera/microphone will have the switch turned On. Apps that do not have access will have its switch turned Off. Refer to below image:

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List of apps with Facebook and Gmail turned On

If you.would like to remove iPhone camera/microphone access from an app, tap its switch to turn it off Off. Likewise, you can also grant camera/microphone access to a listed app by turning the switch On. See below image:

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Facebook app is turned Off

Now, exit Settings.

If you want to know if your camera/microphone is in use, look in the upper-right corner of your screen at the status bar. If you see a green dot there, then an app is using the camera. If there’s an orange dot, that means your microphone is in use. The color scheme depends on your display mode. See following image for microphone in use as a blue dot:

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Colored coded dots to indicate if Microphone or Camera is in use

If an app is using your camera/microphone when you do not expect it to, revisit the above steps and flip its switch to Off.

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How to Stop Apps From Asking to Track You

If you are like me, you are not too keen on being tracked. So when an app asks you if it can track your iPhone activity across other programs and websites for ads, the answer is pretty much always “NO”. If you are tired of choosing Ask App Not to Track over and over again, there is a way to stop apps from even being able to ask in the first place.

If you are like me, you are not too keen on being tracked. So when an app asks you if it can track your iPhone activity across other programs and websites for ads, the answer is pretty much always “NO”. If you are tired of choosing Ask App Not to Track over and over again, there is a way to stop apps from even being able to ask in the first place.

While the setting was available in earlier versions of iOS 14, it was not useful because developers were not required to ask for tracking permission until iOS 14.4. So if you are not running iOS 14.4 or later, you may see the setting, but you will not get any tracking requests from apps.

With one system-wide setting disabled, most of the apps on your iPhone will not be able to (or are not supposed to) track your activity across other apps and websites.

But, permission is not a hard and fast rule. According to Apple, some apps might try to track you without getting the “OK” from you first.

With that in mind, let us explore this “not asking” feature.

This is for iPhone and iPad running iOS or iPadOS 14.4+

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First, open Settings (the gear icon) on your iPhone or iPad. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down to the Privacy option and tap it. See below image:

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Accessing Privacy option

Now, tap Tracking near the top of your screen. See following image:

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Accessing Tracking option

Next, tap the toggle beside Allow Apps to Request to Track to turn it off (to the left position). Refer to below image:

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Disabling Request to Track option

Now, exit Settings. From now on, apps will no longer pop-up requests asking to track you. This means that you are telling all apps not to profile you for targeted advertising; unless you have previously given them permission to do so.

To change which apps can track you for targeted advertising individually, follow the above steps and turn off the toggles beside any app listed there. It is important to note that even with this option disabled, you can still be tracked while using the web on your iPhone or iPad.

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How to Set Contacts Name Order on iPhone and iPad

If your iPhone or iPad is displaying contact names differently than what you want, like last name before the first name (or vice versa,) you can fix it. This will change how names appear in Mail, Messages, Phone, Contacts, and other apps that follow this setting.

If your iPhone or iPad is displaying contact names differently than what you want, like last name before the first name (or vice versa,) you can fix it. This will change how names appear in Mail, Messages, Phone, Contacts, and other apps that follow this setting.

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First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down to the Contacts option and tap it. See below image:

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Accessing Contacts option

Now, in the Contacts settings, tap Display Order. See following image:

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Accessing Display Order option

In Display Order you have two choices. Choose whichever one you prefer. Refer to below image:

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Selecting your Display Order preference

The Short Name feature in the Contacts settings also determines how you will see names in apps such as Mail. With Short Name enabled, the app may display only a first name instead of the full name order you just set. See below image:

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Accessing Short Name option

By default, Short Name is enabled. If you would like to see a full name with the order you just chose instead, tap the switch to turn Short Name off. See following image:

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Enable/disable Short Name option

Now, tap Back once, then exit Settings.

The next time you use an app that pulls information from your contacts (like Apple’s Mail app), you will see the names in the order you just set. If you do not see the changes reflected yet, you might need to exit the application first so it can reload the settings. Then, tap the app icon to launch it again.

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How to Turn Off Eye Contact in FaceTime on iPhone in iOS 14

FaceTime Eye Contact feature, which Apple released with iOS 14 and higher. makes it appear like you are looking right at the camera, even when you are actually looking at your friend on the screen. If you find this artificial trick a bit creepy, rest assured you can turn it off at any time. This feature tells me that Apple engineers have too much time on their hands; it is a weird feature.

FaceTime Eye Contact feature, which Apple released with iOS 14 and higher. makes it appear like you are looking right at the camera, even when you are actually looking at your friend on the screen. If you find this artificial trick a bit creepy, rest assured you can turn it off at any time. This feature tells me that Apple engineers have too much time on their hands; it is a weird feature.

In typical video chat scenarios, you want to look at your friend while you talk to them. When you do, you are obviously not looking at the camera. So from your friend’s perspective, you look like you are looking slightly below eye level. The new feature aims to fix that issue by using software to “move” your eyes into an eye contact position. It works really well; perhaps a little too well.

Aside from creating the “fake” feeling of authentic eye contact during a video conversation, FaceTime’s new feature can also make the other caller feel like you are staring into the abyss of your camera and not at them. We have gotten so used to where the eyes actually are in video calls that when they are pointed right at us all of the time, it looks intimidating and unnatural; like you are not really paying attention; and that’s not necessarily how a regular talk goes.

The somewhat spooky Eye Contact feature for FaceTime, is only available for iPhone XS and above. Ironically, this feature is turned On by default. Let’s explore how to turn this feature Off.

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First, open Settings (the gear icon) on your iPhone. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, in Settings, scroll down and tap FaceTime. See below image:

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Accessing FaceTime option

Now. In FaceTime settings, scroll down and toggle the switch beside Eye Contact to turn it Off. See below image:

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Accessing Eye Contact toggle

This disables the fake and creepy “natural eye contact” feature. Refer to below image:

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Disabling Eye Contact toggle

Now, exit the Settings app. The next time you use FaceTime, your pupils will be exactly where you would expect them to be. Reality wins over this creepy feature.

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How to Edit Office Documents Directly in GMail

Google is making it even easier to work with Microsoft Office files, with the company now allowing you to directly edit attached Office files in Gmail as well as Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. It’s available to all Gmail users, free and paid accounts. No more document conversion hassles, at long last!

Google is making it even easier to work with Microsoft Office files, with the company now allowing you to directly edit attached Office files in Gmail as well as Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. It’s available to all Gmail users, free and paid accounts. No more document conversion hassles, at long last!

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Google Editing Explained

Previously, documents had to be imported into Google Drive in order to edit or modify them; while emailed attachments were only able to be viewed.

The new workflow, however, streamlines that process considerably. Now, you can directly open and edit an Office file using the Google Docs editor just by clicking on it; just like you would a native Google Docs. But the new editing function does not convert Office files into Google Docs, instead preserving the original file format.

Gmail will allow you to respond to the original email and include the now-updated file (still in an Office file format) without first requiring you to download and re-attach the updated file.

This means you can now edit your Word, Excel and PowerPoint files without ever leaving Gmail.

For example, when you receive a Word document as an email attachment, you can open it and start editing in Docs with a single click while still preserving the Word file format.

With the new change, Microsoft Office attachments will have a new “edit” option and when edits are complete, there will be a new option to share the document via email.

Remove a Chrome Extension

First, you must remove an Extension (if installed) from Google Chrome.

  1. Sign into your managed Google Account.
  2. In a Chrome browser, click More.
  3. Scroll down to More tools.
  4. Click Extensions.
  5. Find the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets. & Slides extension and click Remove.

Once you have removed the Extension you can use the Office editing feature.

Directly Edit Office Attachments

Any incoming email with a Microsoft Office document appears in the Inbox list with icons, preview pane, and the name of the document attachment. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the email with attached Office files

Clicking one of those panes opens a pop-up windows with various options. At top right there is a download button; use that to save a copy for opening in Word, Excel or PowerPoint on your computer. Now, click on the Edit icon to edit your file. See below image where we are selecting the Word file to edit:

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Selecting the Edit for a Word file

Hover your mouse over each attachment to see some options:

  • Download – save to your computer
  • Save to Google Drive
  • Edit with Google Docs – opens a new browser window ready to edit.

After Google Editing

Once you have edited the attachment, there are various options for sharing the revised document. Look under the File menu. See following image for the Email option:

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Your Email option

Now, checkout your various options to save the document. Refer to below image for the Download options:

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Your Download options

Google Editing of Office Files

Word docx files can be edited directly with Google Docs, look for the .DOCX icon at top left. See below image:

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Edit a Word document

Excel xlsx files can be edited directly with Google Sheets look for the .XLSX icon at top left. See following image:

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Edit an Excel file

PowerPoint .pptx files can be edited directly with Google Slides, look for the .PPTX icon at top left. Refer to below image:

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Edit a PowerPoint file

Note! There may be compatibility problems between Excel and Sheets or PowerPoint and Slides.

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How to Control Exposure in Camera App on iPhone in iOS 14

The iPhone’s user-friendly Camera app makes it possible for anyone to take great photos. But the app does not get it right every time, and sometimes you might want to brighten or darken your scene.

The iPhone’s user-friendly Camera app makes it possible for anyone to take great photos. But the app does not get it right every time, and sometimes you might want to brighten or darken your scene.

To do that, you will need to use the Exposure Compensation dial. Apple added it in the iOS 14 update released in September 2020. This built-in feature works on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and newer iPhones. On older iPhones, you will have to use a third-party camera app.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 14

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Exposure Compensation Dial

To enable the Exposure Compensation dial, launch the Camera app, and tap on the arrow at the top of the viewfinder in portrait orientation.

A row of icons will appear just above the shutter button. The Exposure Compensation slider is the plus/minus (+/-) icon. Tap on it and a new slider will appear along the bottom of the frame.

You can now move the slider left and right to decrease or increase the amount of light in your scene.

If you tap on the plus/minus (+/-) again, you will get back to the main row of icons. You can close the menu using the arrow at the top of the viewfinder. Keep in mind that, if you set an exposure compensation value, it will persist until the next time you open the camera app; even if you close this menu.

The Exposure Compensation feature added in iOS 14 is not full manual control, but fine-tuning of a scene. As you move around the Camera app will continue to adapt to lighting conditions unless you manually lock exposure and focus. It is an effective way to get more control over the image without having to go fully manual.

If you do not have an iPhone 11 or newer, you will not see this option as it is not available on older devices.

Third Party Apps

If you own an iPhone XS, XR, or earlier, you will not be able to access the Exposure Compensation dial. You’ll have to make do with the old method of doing things, which means locking focus and exposure to a single point and then making micro-adjustments inside the yellow box.

If you have an older device and want to set exposure and focus separately in a more intuitive way, try VSCOManual, or Camera+ 2. My favorite is the latter, Camera+2.

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How to View an Alphabetical List of Your iPhone Apps

The App Library is an iPhone-only feature in iOS 14 and above bringing, among other things, an overview of all the apps installed on the iPhone, that can be sorted alphabetically for quick and effortless browsing,

The App Library is an iPhone-only feature in iOS 14 and above bringing, among other things, an overview of all the apps installed on the iPhone, that can be sorted alphabetically for quick and effortless browsing,

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Find Your App Library Page

To find the App Library, visit your iPhone’s Home Screen and swipe left as many times as it takes to reach the App Library screen or tap, hold, and swipe right on the Dots Bar to move quickly through your pages. Refer to below image:

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The Dots Bar to swipe through pages quickly

This is always the last page after your Home Screen icons. Once you are there, you will see groups of app icons sorted automatically by category. See below image:

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The App Library page

Note! If you do not see it, you have yet to update to the latest version of iOS.

Using Your Alphabetical List

To see an alphabetical list of apps, swipe downward from the middle of the App Library screen or tap the Search bar at the top. See following image:

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Accessing the App Library

A new screen will appear that lists your apps sorted by the first letter of each app’s name. Refer to below image:

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Alphabetical listing of the App Library

You can swipe your finger up and down to browse through the list. To launch an app, just tap it.

If you would like to quickly scroll through the list of apps, slide your finger along the vertical letter index on the far right side of the screen (on your iPhone it’s very small letters) and the list will quickly navigate to that position. See below image:

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Alphabetical listing using the list on right side of your screen

You can also type a search in the Search bar at the top of the screen, and the results will immediately appear below. Once again, tap an app to launch it. See following image:

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Alphabetical listing using the Search bar at the top of your screen

Cancel Your Alphabetical List

If you would like to return to the App Library screen, tap Cancel just to the right of the Search bar. Refer to below image:

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Return back to your App Library screen

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How to Mark Text Messages as All Read on iPhone or iPad

If you have a large number of unread text messages on your iPhone or iPad, dealing with them one-by-one can be a hassle. Thanks to Apple, it’s easy to mark every one of your unread messages as read but the feature is not well known. Let’s explore how to mark all text messages as read.

If you have a large number of unread text messages on your iPhone or iPad, dealing with them one-by-one can be a hassle. Thanks to Apple, it’s easy to mark every one of your unread messages as read but the feature is not well known. Let’s explore how to mark all text messages as read.

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First, open your Messages app. Now, on an iPhone, look in the upper-right corner of the screen and tap the ellipses button, which looks like three dots in a circle. Refer to below image:

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The Messages app

For the iPad, tap the Edit button in upper left-hand corner.

A pop-up menu will be displayed. Next, tap the Select Messages option. See below image:

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Select Messages option

Now, your messages will enter “Edit” mode. But you don’t need to deal with individual messages. On both iPhone and iPad, look for the Read All button in the lower left- hand corner of your screen and tap it. See following image:

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Select Read All option

At first glance, you may be thinking that the Read All means “I am going to read all my messages”. Actually, it means “I have read all my messages”. Apple should have put in a clarification note as to what Read All means.

After that, all unread messages will be marked as read. You will receive no notification that they all read but they will be. Cool feature!

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How to Use Different Time Zones in Google Calendar on Mobile Devices

You can change your time zone and create events with certain time zones. This helps if you will be traveling when the event happens, or if you are creating events for people in different time zones.

You can change your time zone and create events with certain time zones. This helps if you will be traveling when the event happens, or if you are creating events for people in different time zones.

Time might be constant, but your time zone does not have to be. You can set a one-off time zone to an event, or set primary and secondary (desktop version only) time zones for an entire calendar or account.

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How Your Calendar Uses Time Zones

According to Google:

  • For Events; When you create an event, you will see it in your local time zone. It will also show up in the local time zones for anyone you invite, even if they are in a different time zone.
  • For Reminders: Reminders always show up at the same hour regardless of time zone. For example, a daily 9 AM MT reminder becomes a 9 AM ET reminder if you travel from Denver to New York.
  • For Tasks: Tasks adapt to the new time zone if the Calendar’s time zone is changed after a task is created. For example, a 9 AM MT task changes to an 11 AM ET task if you travel from Denver to New York.

Confused, I am. Why not make all these options the same? I do not know why Google treats each option differently. Lets explore how to set a Google Calendar time zone.

Change Your Time Zone for One Event

You can change the time zone for a new or existing event in the Google Calendar app on Android, iPhone, and iPad.

To create a new event, click the Add button in the bottom-right corner and select the type of event you wish to create. Refer to below image:

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Add an Event

To edit an existing event, tap on that event in your calendar view and then tap the Edit Event button. See below image:

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Edit an Event

Next, in the event details menu, tap the current time zone. (Note!. You may have to tap More options to see the time zone). See following image:

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The current time zone for the Event

In the next menu, search for a country or specific time zone. Next, tap one of the results to select it as the new time zone. (Note! I kept the Event in CST). Refer to below image:

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Selecting a time zone for the Event

The time zone for the event will be added immediately after selecting it from the Search menu.

Confirm the rest of the event details are correct. Now, tap the Save button in the top-right corner to save the Event with the new time zone details. See below image:

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Save your changes

Change Your Time Zone Settings for All Events

When you travel to a different time zone, you can see your calendar in the local time. This can be confusing. The time zone is updated depending on if you are creating an event, reminder, or task. To keep your event times in your local time, I recommend not to create events, reminders, or tasks while in a different time zone, espicially if you are only going to be away from home a short while; wait till you get back to your local time zone to create them.

To change this setting:

Launch the Google Calendar app.

Next, tap the Menu hamburger icon in top left of your screen. See following image:

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Acccess the Menu

Now, swipe down and tap the Settings option. Refer to below image:

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Access Settings

Next, tap the General option. See below image:

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Access the General option

Now, tap Use device time zone on or off. If On, your device will update automatically as you travel. See following image:

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Selecting Use device time zone toggle

If Off, you can select a new time zone from the drop down menu. (Note! I kept the Events in CST). Refer to below image:

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=Select a time zone for all Events

The new time zone for Google Calendar on your device will be applied automatically. Any entries in your Google Calendar will now be displayed in this new time zone on your mobile device. As I mentioned previously, this can be confusing, at least to me it is, so make sure what time zone you want to create events, teminders, or tasks. Now, tap back and exit Settings.

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