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This movie is for anyone who uses the Calendar app and travels across Time Zones or schedules appointments with people in other time zones. To use my own real-life example, I live and work on the East Coast most of the time but lynda.com's home office is on the West Coast. I'm frequently participating in conference calls with the home office and I just have to remember that I'm three hours ahead. So if I get an email saying that a meeting is happening at noon on the West Coast, I'll enter it into my Calendar app as a 3 PM meeting. But what happens to my event times when I fly out to California? Does the meeting time on my Calendar stay at 3 p.m. or does it adjust itself to noon? The answer depends on how you have one particular setting selected on your iPhone or iPod touch.
I'm going to go into Settings>Mail, Contacts and Calendars and here I'll scroll down to the Calendar section where I'll find Time Zone Support. You can read here that Time Zone Support always shows the event dates and times in the Time Zone selected for calendars. So if Time Zone Support is on and my time zone was set to New York City, my 3 o'clock appointment would always show us 3 o'clock even when I'm in California. You might want to have Time Zone Support on if for example you always schedule a workout at the same time everyday regardless of the Time Zone you're in.
But keep in mind that there's no way to keep some appointments at the same time while having others shift based on where you are. But by turning Time Zone Support off, now my events will shift around on my calendar and adjust for the Time Zone I'm in. Now by default your device should automatically adjust this time when it detects what Time Zone you're in. But if you're using an iPod touch which might not detect your Time Zone consistently since it doesn't have cellular connectivity, we'll just have the iPhone figure out the local time. Or if your phone isn't detecting the Time Zone for some reason, you'll have to go back to Settings and to General and select Date & Time.
Here make sure Set Automatically is set to on which should take care of setting your device's time for you. If it's not working for some reason, turn Set Automatically off and then tap Time Zone and type the name of a major city in your time zone. When you select your city, the time will automatically update and if you have Time Zone Support turned off; the events in your Calendar will shift to coincide side with where you are. Now if you don't travel out of your Time Zone very much, you don't need to worry about this. But if you do travel a lot, it's essential to turn Time Zone Support off so you don't end up being really late, or in some cases, really early for your appointment.
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