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.
This is for Android, iPhone, and iPad running Google Calendar
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:
To edit an existing event, tap on that event in your calendar view and then tap the Edit Event button. See below image:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Now, swipe down and tap the Settings option. Refer to below image:
Next, tap the General option. See below image:
Now, tap Use device time zone on or off. If On, your device will update automatically as you travel. See following image:
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:
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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