What timezone does GMail use for internal IMAP mailstore?

About time zone settings

Setting a default time zone applies only to new user accounts. Existing users keep their current time zone.

If you set a time zone, you can’t switch back to using time zones based on the user’s location. You can only continue to change the default time zone.

Users can change time zones for some services. You may want to share the following information with your users:


How to Adjust Your Timezone

Make sure the timezone is correct on your device

Before you change your timezone in Gmail, make sure your device is set to the right timezone.

First, log out of Gmail and close your internet browser.

In Windows:

1. Go to the Control Panel.

2. Click on Clock and Region.

3. Click Change time zone.

3. Click Change time zone.

4. Click on Change time zone…

4. Click on Change time zone…

5. In the drop-down under Time Zone, choose the correct timezone.

6. Click OK.

6. Click OK.

In Mac:

1. Click on the date and time indicator in the top right-hand corner of your screen.

2. Select Open Date & Time Preferences (You can also open Date & Time by navigating to System Preferences in the Dock and selecting Date & Time.

3. Click on the Time Zone tab.

4.     On the world map, manually click your nearest city on the map and choose the most relevant timezone. Alternatively, you can check the box to Set the time zone automatically using current location (you will need to turn on location services).

5.     Click the lock to save changes.

5.     Click the lock to save changes.

Changing your timezone from within Gmail

Adjustments to your timezone are made in Google Calendar, although this can be accessed via Gmail.

1. Log in to Gmail.

2. In the upper right-hand corner, click on the Calendar icon.

3. From within Calendar, click on the gear icon in the top right-hand corner.

4. Click on Settings.

4. Click on Settings.

5. In the General drop-down, choose Time zone.

6. On the Time zone page, scroll through the Country drop-down menu to choose your primary timezone.

7. Once you’ve clicked on your chosen timezone it will be saved and applied to Gmail.

Method 3 Modify Your Timezone Through your Google Account

Go to your Google Account homepage. You can also g
  • Go to your Google Account homepage. You can also go directly via this page:
  • Look for the Personal Settings on the left side and click to open.
  • Next to the email addresses, you will find the Edit option. Click to open.
  • Locate the Timezone field and select your preferred timezone.
  • Click Save to apply all the changes.
  • Sign out from your Gmail account and try signing back in to see if it works.


Changing your timezone will prevent confusion between you and your email recipients or senders. It will put things in their proper order and help you work efficiently. Let us know in the comments below if the solutions above work for you.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.