Set Time Zone automatically in Windows 10

Among the several new features and settings that Windows 10 November Update Version 1511 has introduced, one of them is the ability for a user to set the Time Zone automatically in Windows 10. While you can set the time zone manually here, by using the Time zone drop-down options, you can now instead let Windows 10 do so automatically.

Set Time Zone automatically

Set Time Zone automatically in Windows 10

To let Windows 10 select and set the Time Zone automatically, click on the Start Button to open the Start Menu.

Here open Settings > Time & Language.

Now in the left pane, select Date & Time. The date & Time settings here are quite simple here as the main overview has it all. You can set the time to adjust automatically or change it manually.

In the right pane you will see a new setting Set time zone automatically.

Toggle slider button to the On position.

That’s it!

Windows 10 will now set the time of your system, depending on the physical location of your device.

If you travel around a lot you may find turning on this setting of great use. Frequent travelers may also find it useful to add new clocks to the Windows 10 Alarms and Clocks app.

You can also change the Time Zone manually with Windows Time Zone or tzutil.exe, a built-in command line utility.

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  1. Moulie Costco

    I just discovered this feature while traveling today. This feature is very useful to me as I am always crossing different time zones. Thanks for the info!

  2. allwaysthesametime

    > If you travel around a lot you may find turning on this setting of great use.

    Well, I do since 10 years, and therefore know that the best thing you can do is to NOT let Windows change the time zone. You will loose complete overview and orientation in your photos, emails etc etc, if you allow Windows to change it to a different one, then returning back home and have everything shifted in the craziest way.

    Windows is just not capable of handling this in a user-friendly way.

  3. Oathed

    “Set time zone automatically” doesn’t work. Why and what to do?

  4. Brian

    I noticed this option is not available once the system is joined on a domain. Is there a way to correct it?

  5. RJB

    The feature does not work at all. When traveling to other time zones, the time zone in Windows does not change. I have to click on the tray and manually change the time zone. Enabling the “automatic time zone” feature does nothing at all.

  6. wolverine58

    The really stupid thing is that this is not set automatically out of the box. Once you get prompted and allow windows to access your location, the time zone should get set right away. Instead everyone is in the Pacific Time Zone right of the box, and they have to figure out how to turn this setting on. DUMB!

  7. Randall Bateman

    same – doesn’t work on windows 10 surface book

  8. Randall Bateman

    same – doesn’t work on windows 10 surface book, a Microsoft product

  9. Scott Allennim

    It goes by ip address

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