How to Change Time Zone and Region on Mac

Danny Maiorca

When you first bought your Mac, you’ll almost certainly have set it to the time zone and region that you lived in at the time. And while this is fine if you stay in the same place, issues might arise if you don’t fall into that category and move somewhere else.

Mac in foreign city

Changing the time and region on your Mac might not be on the same list as sorting out your visa, opening a bank account, and finding a house when moving to a new country. But it’s a good idea to make it one of your lower priorities, at least.

In this article, we’ll walk you through how to change the time zone and region on your Mac.

How to Change Your Mac Region

Like changing the language on your computer, switching up the time zone on your Mac doesn’t take much effort. Finding the app is pretty simple as well. All you need to do is follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Go to the Apple logo in the top left-hand corner of your screen.

Apple logo on macbook

Step 2: Go to System Preferences. This is the second option; you’ll find it underneath the About This Mac row.

Mac system preferences dropdown

Step 3: Look for the Language & Region app. The icon for this is a blue flag with a white sphere in the middle.

Choose language and region mac

Step 4: Once you’ve found Language & Region, click on it.

Step 5: On Region, which is the first section, click on the blue arrows to open the drop-down menu.

Mac change region dropdown menu

Step 6: Choose the country or territory you’re now in.

Once you’ve followed the steps above, your Mac should update straight away. If that doesn’t happen, try restarting your device and seeing if that makes a difference.

How to Change Your Mac Time Zone

Altering the time zone on your Mac is, like is the case with changing the region, a straightforward process. Follow the steps outlined beneath this paragraph to achieve this.

Step 1: Go back to the Apple Logo and into System Preferences again.

Step 2: Instead of selecting Language & Region, go to Date & Time.

Date and time system preferences mac

Step 3: At the top of the window, you’ll see a window with two options: Date & Time and Time Zone. Select the latter of these.

Step 4: At the bottom of the window, you’ll see a lock. Click on this.

Mac change time zone lock

Step 5: On the next screen, your Mac will prompt you to enter your username and password. Do both of these.

Step 6: Click the blue Unlock button at the bottom of the window.

Step 7: Click on the part of the world that you wish to change the time zone to. If you want to choose a specific city (or the closest one to you, you can type this out in the Closest City: box.

Mac click on map location

If you travel regularly, you can save a lot of hassle by allowing your Mac to change the time zone on its own. To do this, all you need to do is tick the box next to “Set time zone automatically using current location”.

Once you’re done, you can click the lock again at the bottom of your screen.

What to Do if Mac Time Is Off by Two Minutes

In some instances, you might run into an annoyance where your Mac shows the wrong time. Fortunately, you can fix this with minimal stress – just like if you wanted to track your time online.

These steps will guide you through the process.

Step 1: In Date & Time, click on the lock at the bottom of the window and enter your computer’s admin details.

Click on lock to change time mac

Step 2: Above the clock, type in the correct time.

Mac change time manually

Alternatively, you can tick the box titled “Set date and time automatically.”

Change time automatically mac

Step 3: Regardless of your choice, click on the lock again at the bottom of the window.

Once you’ve carried out the above steps, your Mac should make these changes with immediate effect. So, you can close System Preferences and get back to what you were doing.

Moving Your Mac With You Is Easy

Moving to another state, province, or country costs enough money without throwing the purchase of a new gadget into the mix. Luckily, Macs were designed for the nomadic generation.

Changing your time zone and region takes little effort, and to avoid needing to do so again, you can set your device to automatically change whenever you travel with your computer somewhere else.

Now you’ve read these tips, why not give changing the time zone and region on your Mac a try for yourself?


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Danny specializes in writing about iOS and macOS for Guiding Tech. He is a freelance writer with an extensive portfolio in the technology sector, which spans across some of the industry's biggest publications. Danny lives Copenhagen, Denmark, having been born in the UK.