How to Get and Set System Timezone Using PowerShell

In this tutorial, we will learn how to set the time zone on your machine using Windows PowerShell.

How to Get and Set System Timezone Using PowerShell

A time zone refers to the system setting that reflects the current local time of the computer or device, as set by the user or default configurations. This setting is based on the relative offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

As a Windows user, you will encounter instances where you need to change the timezone of your Windows machine.

Windows Get Timezone

We would like to start by getting the current timezone for your system. You can do this by running the following command:


The command should return output as shown:

Id                         : E. Africa Standard Time
HasIanaId                  : False
DisplayName                : (UTC+03:00) Nairobi
StandardName               : E. Africa Standard Time
DaylightName               : E. Africa Daylight Time
BaseUtcOffset              : 03:00:00
SupportsDaylightSavingTime : False

To list all the available timezones, you can use the -ListAvailable option as shown:

Get-TimeZone -ListAvailable

Example output:

Id                         : Dateline Standard Time
HasIanaId                  : False
DisplayName                : (UTC-12:00) International Date Line West
StandardName               : Dateline Standard Time
DaylightName               : Dateline Daylight Time
BaseUtcOffset              : -12:00:00
SupportsDaylightSavingTime : False

Id                         : UTC-11
HasIanaId                  : False
DisplayName                : (UTC-11:00) Coordinated Universal Time-11
StandardName               : UTC-11
DaylightName               : UTC-11
BaseUtcOffset              : -11:00:00
SupportsDaylightSavingTime : False

Id                         : Aleutian Standard Time
HasIanaId                  : False
DisplayName                : (UTC-10:00) Aleutian Islands
StandardName               : Aleutian Standard Time
DaylightName               : Aleutian Daylight Time
BaseUtcOffset              : -10:00:00
SupportsDaylightSavingTime : True

Id                         : Hawaiian Standard Time
HasIanaId                  : False
DisplayName                : (UTC-10:00) Hawaii
StandardName               : Hawaiian Standard Time
DaylightName               : Hawaiian Daylight Time
BaseUtcOffset              : -10:00:00

PowerShell Set Timezone By ID

To change the system timezone using PowerShell, you can use the Set-TimeZone cmdlet followed by the target timezone name.

Example is as shown:

Set-TimeZone "Eastern Standard Time"

The command above should change the timezone to "Eastern Standard Time". You can confirm by getting the timezone value:



Id                         : Eastern Standard Time
HasIanaId                  : False
DisplayName                : (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
StandardName               : Eastern Standard Time
DaylightName               : Eastern Daylight Time
BaseUtcOffset              : -05:00:00
SupportsDaylightSavingTime : True

PowerShell Set Timezone By Name

We specified the target timezone using the Timezone ID in the example above. You can also set the Timezone by name, as shown:

Set-TimeZone -Name 'Coordinated Universal Time' -PassThru

This command should update the system timezone to the specified timezone.

PowerShell Get Timezone Using TZUTIL

Another method we can use to get and set the timezone of a Windows system is using the tzutil.

tzutil is a command-line utility on Windows that allows us to display or configure the current system's time zone. The name "tzutil" is short for "Time Zone Utility".

To get the current system timezone using this utility, use the /g option as shown:

tzutil /g



To list all the available timezones in the system, use the /l parameter as:

tzutil /l


(UTC-12:00) International Date Line West 
Dateline Standard Time

(UTC-11:00) Coordinated Universal Time-11

(UTC-10:00) Aleutian Islands
Aleutian Standard Time

(UTC-10:00) Hawaii
Hawaiian Standard Time

(UTC-09:30) Marquesas Islands
Marquesas Standard Time

(UTC-09:00) Alaska
Alaskan Standard Time


PowerShell Set Timezone Using TZUTIL

To set a new timezone using the tzutil, you can run the command with the /s parameter as shown:

tzutil /s "E. Africa Standard Time"

You can also use the /? parameter to view the various command options.


In this post, we explored the various methods and techniques of getting and setting the system timezone in Windows using the PowerShell utilities.

Table of Contents
Great! Next, complete checkout for full access to GeekBits.
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
You've successfully subscribed to GeekBits.
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.
Success! Your billing info has been updated.
Your billing was not updated.