Keeping track of time in different time zones

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We are currently traveling in Australia and New Zealand (see our photo album here.) We use our phones to know the current time – that’s a given – but it is also important to us to know what time it is at home. Home is in Eastern time, aka Miami.

Android: Dual Clock Widget

On my Samsung (Android) phone, I use a widget called Dual Clock. If you don’t know about widgets, see Episode 139: Widgets.
To add this widget to your home screen:
  1. Long-Press on a blank spot on your home screen and then tap the button that appears called Widgets.
  2. Find the widget for Clock and tap it. You should then see a button for “Dual Clock” – touch and hold (longpress) on that, then drop it off on the home screen location where you want it.
  3. You should now see the local time and a link to tap to add the second time you want.

iPhone World Clock

On an iPhone, you have an app called Clock. The icon for that app on your home screen is a live analog clock showing you the current local time. To see the time in any other part of the world, tap the clock to see the full screen with all the options. You can also reach the clock from any screen by getting to your control panel. In all but iPhone X’s, you reach the control panel by swiping up from the bottom. In iPhone X, you swipe down from the upper right corner. Then you’ll see an icon for clock. Tapping on that is the same as tapping on the clock icon from a home screen.
Once you open Clock, select the World Clock option
The clock has several purposes: World Clock, Alarm, Bedtime, Stopwatch and Timer. Notice all these options at the bottom of the screen. Tap World Clock to see the time in other cities. To add a city, tap the +; to change the order of cities, tap Edit.
Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She and her husband, Jim, produce a free weekly YouTube show called What Does This Button Do?  They have been Fulltime RVers, popular seminar presenters at RV Rallies, and regular contributors to RVTravel.com, for many years.


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Gene Bjerke
Gene Bjerke

A couple of years ago, we spent some time in the Four-Corners area. There, some areas use daylight time and others don’t. The roads also don’t mark state lines. Consequently, we rarely knew what state we were in or what time it was. We used both our cell phones (neither of us wears a watch) and the GPS to tell the time. Sometimes the two would differ by an hour. This led to the situation in the Hopi Reservation where we stopped for a nap and lunch and according to the log we left ten minutes before we arrived.