Raspberry Pi for Kids: Setting Your Pi’s Time Zone

By Richard Wentk

Your Raspberry Pi needs to know what time it is. It reads the time from the Internet when you boot it, so you don’t need to set the hours, minutes and seconds, or the date. But you do need to tell it where you live so that it can adjust for your time zone.

To set the time zone, use the up/down arrow keys to select the Change Time Zone option in the Internationalisation Options (from the main Setup Options page). Then press Enter.

Then wait while the Time Zone option loads, which always takes longer than you expect.

The easy way to set the zone is to select your area from the list in the following figure. Use the up/down arrow keys to highlight your area and press Enter to select it. Then scroll up and down a list of cities (if you pick Europe) or time zones (if you select the U.S.).

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You don’t have to pick the city nearest to you. Pick one in the same time zone. For the UK, that means London. Press Enter.

For the United States, you get all the usual time zones and some extra ones you probably won’t have heard of, like Starke County (Indiana). Pick the right zone for where you live. If you’re not sure what it is, ask a grown-up. Press Enter.

The Pi sets the time zone and then sends you back to the main Setup Options page.