Change Gmail Time-Zone When Moving To Other Country | Fix Gmail Time-Zone

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on October 16, 2008



One of my friends Shijo called and said that the time displayed in GMail emails on his sent and received mails is not displaying properly. The time is 6 hours lagging behind the local time. See the snapshot below to understand what the problem is:


In this article we are going to tell you how to fix the time-zone issue with Gmail mails. Using it you can correct the incorrect time displayed in email messages.


There are two reasons for incorrect time zone displayed. Lets see the fix for both:


Incorrect Time-zone setting on gmail account


To fix the time-zone on google or gmail account, click on settings on Gmail page


This will show a screen like one below(click to enlarge):

Here click on Accounts tab and Click on Google Account Settings as highlighted below.


On Google Account Settings page, you can see the current time zone set for your account, also you can edit it by the link shown below. When you click on edit, you will see the next screen as shown in the other image following this one.



Here you can see the drop-down options for country or time zone which you want to set. Just set the correct one and save changes.


That is it for gmail time-zone settings. But besides this, you also need to change the local time-zone on your computer to make things work properly. See the easy instructions below.


Incorrect time-zone setting on local computer


In your system tray, where the time is displayed, you need to double click-on the time display.


It will open date and time properties.


On this screen, click on Time Zone tab. Here you can see your current time-zone settings and change it via drop-down option provided.


That’s it, you are now geared up to use Gmail with new time zone settings. Please provide your feedback by comments below.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

abc XYZ February 25, 2009 at 8:41 am

Thanks, it was perfect, helped.

Sumit Gupta March 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm

In gmail i am facing Time zone problem,

With you tip i solved the problem with in seconds

its very helpful

my best wishes are with you

keep going …..

Thanks & Regards

Sumit Gupta

Sara April 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I tried this but it still wouldn’t work. When I fill the time zone field with “Karachi GMT+5” and then try to save it, it erases the time zone and only shows the country as “Pakistan.” My gmail settings are still one hour off. Please help?


Tonio May 7, 2009 at 8:25 am

Google wouldn’t let me change my home country and even though I changed the time zone in my account settings, the time is still wrond. any ideas?

Jamie May 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I am having the same problem as Sara and Tonio. Before even reading this blog, I tried changing my PC settings and Google Account settings multiple times. Both are set correctly. However, the google time zone setting keeps disappearing and is then an hour behind.

Abman June 3, 2009 at 10:04 am

Yup, same problem. I just moved to Canada and I changed both google time zone and PC settings to no avail. Logged in and out of my account, nothing works. Google please help us

Abman June 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm

WAIT A MINUTE!!! Its working now!. All it takes is for you to log out and wait abuot 1 hour. Then when you go back the time is changed. THAKN YOU!!!

Shikha June 26, 2009 at 5:41 am

it dosnt help
plz tell me again if u can and help mecoz incorrect time create ots of problem for me

Justine August 18, 2009 at 1:36 am

I have the same problem and I’ve been trying to fix it since February, its now August! Its really annoying. When I try change my country from United States to South Africa (where I live) as soon as I click save it reverts back to USA. It still has my timezone as (GMT +2) Johannesburg, but the countrys wrong and the time is about 6 hours behind where it should be!

Boyang Li August 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Thank you so mach! I have this problem before. following your steps, it’s easy to solute.

Kenoy September 13, 2009 at 6:53 am

It helps. Thanks a lot. 😀

Brian November 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm

It will work if you reboot your computer after making the changes as described above.


MN November 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm

thx it help me sooooooo much

thxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx *_______*

David Ho January 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

Thanks a lot for the help – fixed the problem :)

Amie February 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

thank you so so much.

siva prasad March 30, 2010 at 4:40 am

it not working in my issue…i facing same problem i changed time zone in gmail and system time bt still its showing wrong time

Udegbunam Chukwudi | Make Money Online May 31, 2010 at 4:10 am

Worked just fine. Under My Account page i had to click on Dashboard View data stored with this account then Edit personal information to access the right page.

nicole June 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Great, thanks! However, my computer is programmed in Korean, so I wasn’t able to fix the time zone perfectly, but it’s closer than it used to be!

kk toronto November 20, 2010 at 3:07 am

Hey guys… follow this carefully!!!!

To take effect of the gmail timing, you need to follow both the steps
1. Change the timing in your Gmail (the way it’s mentioned here)
2. Change the timing in your PC also (its mentioned here also) (very imp)

You need to make sure whats the exact timing zone you are…
e.g. I am in Toronto ( So there are 2 different timing zones here
1. EST (Eastern Standard Time) Toronto
2. PST (Pacific Standard Time) Toronto

After I chose EST, Gmail started showing the right timing…!!

Thank you Abhishek… n GL to all…

v February 17, 2011 at 7:28 am

I tried this and still didn’t; work!!!!!! It is so annoying I have the complete wrong time on my gmail still.

anitha March 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

It really helped, thanks for sharing

sunita April 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Thanks ! problem solved

redheadartiste April 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

I have the correct info listed in both places, have checked and rechecked for months. This still is not anything new for me, and my problem still exists.

pooja July 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm

thanks problem solved

xyz August 22, 2012 at 12:30 am

thanks a ton…. :)

manoj December 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Very helpfull thanks a lot

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