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Change Time Zone WITHOUT iPhone

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Richard Serkes
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Change Time Zone WITHOUT iPhone

Post by Richard Serkes » Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:31 pm

Is there a way to change the time zone on my Apple Watch (watchOS v5.0.1) without using my iPhone? I don't always take my phone with me when I travel and it's awkward in different time zones trying to remember to add or subtract a certain number of hours. On the watch itself, in System Preferences/Time I can modify the time +/- 60 minutes but I usually need to change it by several time zones. For example, last summer I was in Austria and needed to change the watch by 9 time zones.

If you know how to do this please leave detailed instructions. Thanks.
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Re: Change Time Zone WITHOUT iPhone

Post by Ray Bentsen » Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:09 pm

No, you can not change time zones on the Apple Watch without using your iPhone.

However, you can use the watch's World Clock app to display the time in other cities.

In the first screen shot below, I started the World Clock app, scrolled down to Add City, tapped Dictation, and then spoke "Austria".

The second screen shot shows the watch face after having tapped on "Vienna". If I were in Vienna, I would just leave this face on the watch to always have the correct time.

But, why not just have your iPhone with you??
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Re: Change Time Zone WITHOUT iPhone

Post by Richard Serkes » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:02 pm

Very clever! I hadn't thought of that. Thanks.
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Re: Change Time Zone WITHOUT iPhone

Post by Stephen Hart » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:16 pm

So is this solved with the Apple Watch 4, which can have its own cellular connection?
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Re: Change Time Zone WITHOUT iPhone

Post by Richard Serkes » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:21 am

Interesting question. I can't check that because I have a 3 without cellular.
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Re: Change Time Zone WITHOUT iPhone

Post by Ray Bentsen » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:32 pm

I decided an experiment was needed to answer the above question, so today I went for a walk without my iPhone, but wearing my "cheap" aluminum Series 4 Apple Watch (no cellular). Once I was well out of WiFi range, I launched World Clock and attempted to add a new city. I was not able to use dictation, but did "scribble" a new city name on the watch face.

Success. Apparently the watch OS has its own data base of cities/time zones. (see screenshot)

Therefore, neither WiFi nor cellular is needed for this type of addition.
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Re: Change Time Zone WITHOUT iPhone

Post by Richard Serkes » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:20 pm

Cool!
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Re: Change Time Zone WITHOUT iPhone

Post by Ray Bentsen » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:30 pm

Update: Exactly the same results using an Apple Watch Series 3. ;)
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