65 thoughts on “iPhone/iPad Has Wrong Timezone When Date/Time is Set Automatically

  1. Very helpful. Thank you. I was very frustrated by the same problem, and hadn’t spotted the location services>system services>setting time zone. Thanks!

    1. Thanks David that was so easy. I’ve been so flustered all day trying to get my phone back on the right time. I own my own business and I carry around four phones and when one is off it drives me crazy and everyone was telling me how to do it a different way. Your way was so easy. Especially for A non-technical brain like mine. LOL Thanks again Sherry BTW you’re living my life I have been wanting to start traveling full-time across United States in a motorhome and see the country . I keep saying soon as my business is Stable to run without me but something always happens and then I finally just said let’s do it I just turned 50 then and I knew now or never. And I said I can work from the road and make it happen. We were set to do it l A year and half ago but New Year’s day my fiancé 17 years and I went separate ways.so now I can read about your adventures . Be Happy and be safe and know a lot of people are wishing they could do that. Sherry from Napa California

  2. The “reset location warnings” worked like a Champ… Thank you so much… I was getting so frustrated trying to figure this out… I did NOT have to toggle the airplane mode after the reset… Now my map has me back in MN instead of Costa Rica somewhere… YAY 🙂

    1. thanks, second time it screwed my appointments up between london and paris. Was 1 hour early in London. which was fine. But the second time I was 1 hour late min Paris. bloody hell. Ruined my day . furious @ apple!!!! thanks very much for the “Reset Location Warnings” : it worked for me !!!

      PS: no need to toggle airplane mode.

      thanks again!

  3. I live in Micronesia. There is no time zone to match up. Guam is close but a few hours different. In attempting to set the time the only way my iPad wiill work for messaging or FaceTime is if I have time set in U.S. like Hono or L.A. Ithey will not work if I manually correct date and time.mugh so frustrating! Any ideas?

  4. Thank you. I was very frustrated by the same problem, and hadn’t spotted the location services>system services>setting time zone>reset. Thanks!

  5. none of this worked for me. I’m not sure when this problem began. Today is September 4, EST. However, my phone calendar believes it is Friday, August 31 — yet the calendar entries are correct for today.

    Interestingly, if I use SnapCal, all dates and times are correct…

    Thanks for any help you might be able to provide!

  6. PS to my previous post. Most likely unrelated, but this weekend my iPad time zone ALSO went haywire, and thought I was in Shanghai. Neither of the devices had been synched for a while. I was able to fix the iPad location and subsequent time by setting my location manually.

    Since then I resynched both devices — and now the problem with the phone calendar. Date & Time on the phone itself appear correctly.

  7. No,it’s not working for me.once I went via DOHA and used wifi,but now time zone not changing only showing DOHA,I don’t know how to correct?

  8. The article states that you have to reset Location Warnings in Settings > Reset > Reset Location Warnings.

    The location of this is on my iPhone 4S with iOS 5.1.1 Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location Warnings

  9. Thanks so much for the “fix”. It worked to correct the time. I live in the central time zone, Houston. My phone allows me to select Houston, but it reverts back to Chicago, which is also in the CTZ. Is this just the way it works?

    1. I’m not sure what its expected to do normally. Mine says ‘London’, which happens to be the capital city of the UK, but is some 150 miles to the east of my location. It’s possible that it uses the cell tower location, which might be set to a single location for all cells within a timezone, depending on the operator. It probably doesn’t use GPS to determine the location. Assuming that its got you in the right timezone, that ought to be sufficient.

      1. Having just got back from Jamaica yesterday my iPad (latest model) is set on “Kingston” and won’t auto detect that immback in the UK. I can manually change it but when I turn bam on auto detect, it appears back to Kingston…help

  10. Thanks for posting this – number 4 worked for me too. Bravo. The toggling of airplane mode on/off will cause a GPRS detach / attach cycle – if things work the way I think they do, the phone gets a time sync from attaching to the network for data services.

    I couldn’t figure out why on earth it was convinced I was in barcelona… weird.

  11. Great help, using rest location warnings. To note: while the automatic setting was wrongly locating me in Bangkok, also the Google map was centered there, without action from me

  12. Location warnings worked for me too – and none of the others did. The phone was telling me I moved from Dallas to Denver as I slept. I don’t THINK so! Thanks Dave!

  13. None of these work. :/ my phone keeps insisting that im in GMT time zone when im really in PST. i dont know where the GMT is located but i’m in california. My clock is way off, and none of these fix it :/ i really dont want to have to restore the phone because my computer wont let me back it up. Also when i manually change the time, i go to the world clock and all of those are incorrect. What should i do??!

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