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java – How to get TimeZone from android mobile?

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I want to get the time zone from the Android mobile when clicking a button.

How to&Answers:

Have you tried to use TimeZone.getDefault():

Most applications will use TimeZone.getDefault() which returns a TimeZone based
on the time zone where the program is running.

Ref: http://developer.android.com/reference/java/util/TimeZone.html


TimeZone tz = TimeZone.getDefault();
System.out.println("TimeZone   "+tz.getDisplayName(false, TimeZone.SHORT)+" Timezon id :: " +tz.getID());


TimeZone GMT+09:30 Timezon id :: Australia/Darwin


Edit: corrected the case



Try this code-

Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
TimeZone tz = cal.getTimeZone();

It will return user selected timezone.


I needed the offset that not only included day light savings time but as a numerial. Here is the code that I used in case someone is looking for an example.

I get a response of “3.5” (3:30′) which is what I would expect in Tehran , Iran in winter and “4.5” (4:30′) for summer .

I also needed it as a string so I could post it to a server so you may not need the last line.

for getting currect time zone :

TimeZone tz = TimeZone.getDefault();
Date now = new Date();
//Import part : x.0 for double number
double offsetFromUtc = tz.getOffset(now.getTime()) / 3600000.0;
String m2tTimeZoneIs = Double.parseDouble(offsetFromUtc);


TimeZone timeZone = TimeZone.getDefault(); 

It will print like



Simplest Solution With Simple Date Format:

 Calendar calendar = Calendar.getInstance(TimeZone.getTimeZone("GMT"),
        Date currentLocalTime = calendar.getTime();

        DateFormat date = new SimpleDateFormat("ZZZZZ",Locale.getDefault());
        String localTime = date.format(currentLocalTime);
        System.out.println(localTime+ "  TimeZone   " );

==> Output is : +05:30


According to http://developer.android.com/reference/android/text/format/Time.html you should be using Time.getCurrentTimezone() to retrieve the current timezone of the device.


For devices with API 26 and higher, you can get it like this:



On my device TimeZone.getDefault() is always returning UTC time zone.

I need to do this to get user configured time zone :

val tz = TimeZone.getDefault()

It will return user selected timezone.


ZoneId from java.time and ThreeTenABP

Modern answer:

    ZoneId zone = ZoneId.systemDefault();

When I ran this snippet in Australia/Sydney time zone, the output was exactly that:


If you want the summer time (DST) aware time zone name or abbreviation:

    DateTimeFormatter longTimeZoneFormatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("zzzz", Locale.getDefault());
    String longTz = ZonedDateTime.now(zone).format(longTimeZoneFormatter);

    DateTimeFormatter shortTimeZoneFormatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("zzz", Locale.getDefault());
    String shortTz = ZonedDateTime.now(zone).format(shortTimeZoneFormatter);
Eastern Summer Time (New South Wales)

The TimeZone class used in most of the other answers was what we had when the question was asked in 2011, even though it was poorly designed. Today it’s long outdated, and I recommend that instead we use java.time, the modern Java date and time API that came out in 2014.

Question: Doesn’t java.time require Android API level 26?

java.time works nicely on both older and newer Android devices. It just requires at least Java 6.

  • In Java 8 and later and on newer Android devices (from API level 26) the modern API comes built-in.
  • In non-Android Java 6 and 7 get the ThreeTen Backport, the backport of the modern classes (ThreeTen for JSR 310; see the links at the bottom).
  • On (older) Android use the Android edition of ThreeTen Backport. It’s called ThreeTenABP. And make sure you import the date and time classes from org.threeten.bp with subpackages.



All the answers here seem to suggest setting the daylite parameter to false. This is incorrect for many timezones which change abbreviated names depending on the time of the year (e.g. EST vs EDT).

The solution below will give you the correct abbreviation according to the current date for the timezone.

val tz = TimeZone.getDefault()
val isDaylite = tz.inDaylightTime(Date())
val timezone = tz.getDisplayName(isDaylite, TimeZone.SHORT)