Currently traveling in Europe on a cruise with intermittent cell coverage. Having to change my phone and watch time frequently. Seems to be impossible to do manually. The set time toggle is locked in automatic.

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Any idea what I am missing here? Tried disabling location services for time zone.

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There are a few reasons as to why this might be disabled.

  1. Do you have an Exchange account connected to the phone? There might be a policy connected to it, disabling the option to change the timezone.
  2. If you look in Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services (in the bottom), is the option "Setting Time Zone" disabled?
  3. If you have Screen Time enabled with a pass code, that might also disable the option to change time zone. Try to disable Screen Time, restart, and then try again.

Hope that solves it for you.

  • Yes to Exchange but no policy. Tried both location services settings. No screen time.
    – Dan Tappin
    Aug 29, 2019 at 10:48
  • @DanTappin, could you try removing the Exchange account, restarting the phone, and then try again?
    – molle
    Aug 29, 2019 at 11:11
  • Is it possible the phone number/sim provider has set this?
    – Stefan
    Aug 30, 2019 at 23:28

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