Use Alexa in a different timezone

When Alexa devices are setup for the first time, Alexa automatically picks up a timezone based on current location. This timezone is then used when you ask Alexa for time or try to set alarms. This works for the most part because Amazon Echo is a stay-at-home plugged-into-the-wall device.

However, with the advent of mobile Alexa devices like the Tap, it is quite possible that Alexa travels with you and so you might want to change the timezone she uses. If you use the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode on Alexa, it is all the more critical that you set the right timezone because Alexa uses the timezone setting to decide when not to disturb you. Changing timezone can also be used as a workaround by people who use Alexa in countries not yet supported by Amazon.

Here is how you change the timezone.

  1. Open the companion app on your mobile or visit on a desktop.
  2. Click ‘Settings’ on the left pane.
  3. If you have more than one Alexa device, choose the right device under Alexa Devices.
  4. On the settings page, look for ‘Device time zone’. You can use this drop down to choose the timezone.
  5. Ask Alexa for time and she will respond with the current time in the timezone you selected.

Note that the timezone setting is device specific. If you own multiple Alexa enabled devices, you can change the timezone for each device independently. There is currently no way to alter your timezone setting for Alexa altogether which shouldn’t be a problem unless you own a whole bunch of Echos’ and Taps’.

There is one other use case where timezone matters. If you use Alexa to listen to Audible books and care about the badges Audible gives (like All Nighter (Night Owl)), setting your timezone right is important so Alexa knows when exactly you are listening to your books.

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