Set a default time zone for users

You can help tailor services for new users by setting a default time zone for newly created accounts. When new users first sign in to their accounts, their services will use this time zone. They can then choose another time zone, if they want.

The default time zone applies only for new user accounts. Changing the default doesn't change the time zone for existing users.

The default time zone also doesn't apply to Drive and Docs editors. These services inherit the default time zone from the browser. (This is typically the operating system time zone, though some browsers may allow you to set a time zone.) Google Sheets users can override the default time zone on the settings page for any particular spreadsheet.

To set the default time zone:

  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console
  2. Click Company Profile > Profile.
  3. (Optional) In the first drop-down menu of the Time zone section, select a default region of time zones for your users to choose from. Alternatively, you can leave this as Show all time zones.

    Your users can always override this and opt to show all time zones, but choosing a default region makes it easier for them to find the time zone they're most likely to use.

  4. Select a default time zone from the Select time zone drop-down menu.
Once a time zone has been specified, it can be changed to another time zone, but it cannot be removed. It is not possible to go back to the original behavior of Google automatically determining a user's time zone based on where where they accessed their account for the first time.
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