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This movie is for anyone who uses the Calender 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 as a 3:00 p.m., meeting. But what happens to my event times when I fly out to California? Does the Meeting Time in my Calendar stay at 3:00 p.m., or does it adjust itself to noon? The answer depends on how you have one particular setting selected on your device.
I'm going to go into Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Here I'll scroll down to the Calendar Section, and this is where I'll find Time Zone Support. And you can read here that Time Zone Support always shows events, dates and times in the time zone selected for Calendars. So if Time Zone Support is on, and my time zone is set to New York City. My 3:00 appointment will always show as 3:00 even when I'm in California. You might want to do this for example, if you always schedule a workout at the same time every day, regardless of the time zone you're in. But keep in mind, that there's no way to keep some appointments at the same times, while having others shift around based on where you are.
But by turning off Time Zone Support, now my events will shift around on my calendar and adjust for the time zone I'm in. Now by default, your device automatically adjusts its time when it detects what time zone you're in. But if you're using an iPod Touch or a Wifi only iPad, which might not detect your time zone consistently since it doesn't have cellular capabilities, which is how the iPhone figures out the local time. Or if your phone isn't detecting the time zone for some reason. You'll have to come into Settings, go to General. And here select Date and Time. Here make sure Set Automatically is set to On, which should take care of setting your device's time for you.
On WiFi only devices, the time will be detected when the device connects to a WiFi network in most cases. If it's not working for some reason, turn Set Automatically to off, then tap Time Zone, and type in the name of a major city in your time zone. So, when you select that city, the time will automatically update, and if you have Time Zone Support turned off, the events in your Calendar will shift to coincide with where you are. Now, if you don't travel out of your time zone 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 appointments.
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