How to Change Time Zone in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to manually change time zone in Ubuntu Linux.

By default, Ubuntu Linux sets the time zone automatically based on your country and region. Day light saving time (DST) is also set automatically based on the country and region you are in.

Allowing Ubuntu Linux to manage your system’s time zone automatically will ensure that your PC date and time are accurate as long as you have internet connection to time servers online.

With all that said, Ubuntu Linux also allows users to manage your system’s time zone manually. When you manually have to change the system’s time zone, you will have to do it every time you change your region.

Below is how to do that in Ubuntu Linux.

How to manually change time zone in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, Ubuntu Linux allows users to manage their system time zone manually. If you don’t want Ubuntu Linux automatically setting the time zone, you can do it on your own.

Below is how to do that.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Date & Time tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Date & Time panel, toggle the Automatic Time Zone switch to the Off position.

You cannot set time zone manually when Automatic Time Zone is set to On. Turn off Automatic Time Zone to manually set your system’s time zone.

Once Automatic Time Zone setting is turned to Off, click the Time Zone to manually set it.

Click Time Zone, then select your location on the map or search for your current city.

The time will be updated automatically when you select a different location. 

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.


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