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The Best Time Zone Converters for Easy Scheduling


In a world that is working remotely more than ever, getting to know each other’s time zones has become more important than ever. Many workers are starting to familiarize themselves with GMT, PDT, PST, and other time-zone acronyms. As nice as it is to have colleagues spread all over the globe, it’s also a bit problematic. Use these time zone converters to help.

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1. Best Overall: TimeAndDate

Platforms: Web | iOS | Android

Price: Free with premium option

The TimeAndDate time zone converter allows you to add present, past and future dates for up to 11 cities for conversion. There is a “sort by” option, where you can organize the time by city, country, or time. You can also get it to display the “UTC time” in the display result, too.

A big pro for this site is the option to jump into the “World Clock” drop-down in the menu bar to find the current time in more than 1000 cities around the globe. By creating a free account, set up which world clocks you want to see displayed on top.

If you want to help support the site, upgrade to premium, starting at just $1.25/month to remove ads and the TimeandDate logo from saved calendars. If you don’t mind ads, the free version is perfect for most users.

Example of TimeandDate's world clock list, along with personalized clocks.

Pros

  • Create custom lists of cities
  • View lists of world clocks
  • Set up calendars

Cons

  • Mobile apps feel cluttered

2. Best for Viewing Numerous Locations: Every Time Zone

Platforms: Web

Price: Free with premium option

Singularly focused on various time zones around the world, Every Time Zone is a standout choice in this space. Depending on your location, the site will show some primary time zone considerations when you first launch the page. Adjusting past, present, and future times is as easy as moving the slider back and forth.

The default list of time zones on Every Time Zone homepage.

Create a free account to save your locations. The downside is that you must use an existing Google account. You can’t just sign up with any email address. But, if you’re juggling a remote team across the globe, it’s a small inconvenience.

While the free version works as a basic time zone converter, the Pro service adds the ability to customize the timeline’s look, share events via iCal invites, and create meeting times that work with a global team. Choose between a three-user and 15-user plan with unlimited contacts.

Creating an account on Every Time Zone to customize timeline.

Pros

  • Simple slider to see current times for all chosen locations
  • Create shareable time zone links
  • Set up meetings based on users’ time zones

Cons

  • Designed mainly for small teams, not ideal for large teams
  • Requires a Google account to save settings

3. Best for Mac Users: World Clock Pro

Platforms: Mac | iOS

Price: Free for one month before premium option kicks in

While most of the best time zone converters are Web-based, World Clock Pro is an app for Mac and iOS users. Configure multiple time zones, set up events, and drag your mouse across the globe to see how time zones change.

Setting up clocks in World Clock Pro,

For Mac users, add the app to your dock or menu bar for easy access. Quickly find times across over 142,000 locations, and check different time zones, such as GMT and UTC. Switch between digital, analog, and military clock styles. You even get live weather across the globe.

The only downside is that the app isn’t free. However, test it out risk-free for one month. Then, if you like it, pay for it monthly, or get almost three months free by paying annually.

Searching for cities in World Clock Pro.

Pros

  • Supports multiple time styles
  • Swipe designs to see time zones
  • Touch bar support

Cons

  • No free version, only a free trial

4. Best for Windows Users: Windows Built-in World Clocks

Platform: Windows (built-in)

Price: Free

If you’re looking for the best time zone converters for Windows, look no further than the clock that’s already built in to your system tray. You may not realize that Windows lets you set up three clocks to view different time zones. Simply choose your locations, and view the current time by hovering over your system clock.

The Best Time Zone Converters For Easy Scheduling Windows

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Best of all, there isn’t any complicated setup, and there’s nothing to download. Simply right-click the date/time in your system tray, select Adjust date and time, and choose Additional clocks. Select up to two additional clocks in the Additional clocks tab, and you’re all set.

To view the different clocks, hover over your clock to see all three times in one place. Obviously, the downside is that you’re limited to only two additional locations. If you want to perform other types of conversions in Windows, try these built-in tools.

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Pros

  • Completely free
  • Nothing to download
  • Combines with your current Windows clock

Cons

  • No calendar integration
  • Only three clocks total

5. Best for Chrome Browser: Time Zone Converter – Savvy Time

Platform: Chrome extension | Web | iOS | Android

Price: Free

When a website or mobile app is too much for time zone conversion, a browser extension may be all you need. Enter Time Zone Converter – Savvy Time, which at its core is a time zone and local time converter. More than 100,000 cities are available across 300 time zones, with both 12- and 24-hour timelines available.

Savvy Time time converter dark theme showing four locations.

Savvy Time gets the job done if you just need a simple tool to show the time for a different time zone. It integrates with Google, iCal, Yahoo, and Outlook calendars, too. Of course, it’s also free and can be uninstalled and reinstalled as frequently as you want.

While it works well as a browser extension, use it on its website or mobile apps. Enjoy it with either a light or dark theme.

Example of searching for locations in Savvy Time extension.

Pros

  • Integrates with calendars
  • Simple interface
  • Light and dark themes
  • Shows military time

Cons

  • Doesn’t sync between devices

Platform: iOS | watchOS

Price: Free, with premium option

iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch users looking for something that can be quickly referenced should look to World Clock Time Widget. Along with personalized locations, the look and feel of the app can also be personalized, something that isn’t present in most Web tools.

Example of customizing the widget in World Time Clock Widget

There are hundreds of cities available for entry, with each one automatically syncing in both 12- and 24-hour formats. Widget users can view the time, location, and the time difference between locations. Time zones sync via iCloud, so iPhone and iPad users only have to set everything up once.

While the basic features are free, premium users get themes, time travel, and an ad-free experience. It’s not a requirement to upgrade, but if you hate ads and enjoy customization, you’ll want to.

List of locations in World Time Clock Widget

Pros

  • Customizable look and feel
  • Syncs between devices
  • Works on Apple Watch, too

Cons

  • Some features are premium only

7. Best for Android Users: World Clock Widget – Time Zone

Platform: Android

Price: Free, with premium option

World Clock Widget – Time Zone is among the best time zone converters for Android and stands out for ease of use. Pick your locations, and view the current time, UTC time difference, and see future times for scheduling calls and meetings.

Adding cities to World Clock Widget app.

Send links via your messaging app, or add dates/times to your desired calendar directly from the app. The large, bold blocks help you quickly identify time differences. Plus, add a widget to your home screen to check times at a glance.

The app is ad-supported, and some features, such as removing ads and switching to a light theme, require a one-time payment. Choose between $1.49, $2.49, and $4.99 to show your support.

Looking at times for a single location in World Clock widget.

Pros

  • Create a custom list of locations
  • Easy-to-read design
  • Dark theme by default

Cons

  • Several features require a one-time fee

8. Best Variety of Time Converters: Time Zone Converter by TheTimeNow

Platforms: Web

Price: Free

Immediately upon visiting TheTimeNow, you can quickly see what makes this site so popular. Navigate easily between past, present, and future time zone adjustments. Daylight savings time is captured to ensure you’re never an hour off, and you can choose between 12- and 24-hour time zone breakdowns.

The default time zone converter in The Time Now.

One big benefit of TheTimeNow is found on the left menu bar toward the bottom, where you can see dozens of quick time zone conversions before setting up multiple locations. Another pro is that the site also adds a few other extras in the form of a distance calculator and a currency converter, which aren’t found on most competing options.

Enjoy an entire section devoted to military time conversions. Or, use the tool for planning meetings. You can even check the weather. Plus, it’s all free. One drawback is that there isn’t any way to save the settings.

Military time zone conversion chart on The Time Now.

Pros

  • Many different time zone converters
  • Includes military conversion chart
  • Includes an international meeting planner with up to five locations

Cons

  • Can’t create an account to save settings

9. Simplest Time Zone Converter: Dateful.com

Platform: Web

Price: Free

Dateful.com is a bare-bones conversion tool that is best used to quickly look up two locations. If you are in Miami and want to quickly know the time in Berlin, this is the tool to use.

The default time converter on Dateful.

If you look to the bottom of the site and click on “World Clock,” you can add multiple locations. All totaled, you can preview up to 20 locations at once. One missing aspect of the site is that there is no daylight savings conversion.

What you will find is a bare-bones time conversion tool that gets right to what you need without any interference from extra features, subscriptions or extensions.

Setting up multiple world clocks on Dateful.

Pros

  • Simple, straightforward interface
  • View up to 20 locations at once
  • View locations in a calendar format

Cons

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10. Best for Discord: HammerTime

Platform: Discord

Price: Free

If you run a Discord server, you know how difficult it is to schedule events when everyone lives in different time zones. Make it easy by using one of the best time zone converters for Discord: HammerTime. This open-source tool lets you input a date and time, enter the chat syntax, and show the time in everyone’s local time zone.

Choosing between different time chat syntax for Discord server.

It’s completely free to use. Enter the time and date using the calendar option, or search based on location or GMT/UTC time zone. Plus, choose the format that’s right for your server, such as just the time, date and time, or the full day and month spelled out.

It’s a simple converter that you’ll have to set up each time you add a new event, but it only takes a few minutes to use it. If you’re looking for different time converters for Discord, try these instead.

Searching for a new location on HammerTime.

Pros

  • Works well with Discord servers
  • Choose between multiple formats
  • Quickly search for different locations

Cons

  • Must set up the time manually for each event you create

11. Best for Scheduling Meetings: Greenwich Mean Time

Platforms: Web

Price: Free

Greenwich Mean Time offers multiple time conversion tools to check time differences for most any location worldwide. Stick with this simple tool, which shows the locations you want, along with the current GMT. But the site offers so much more.

Setting up time zones in GMT.

The real gem here is the Meeting Planner. Add your time zones, then use the color-coded globe scale to see when the best meeting time is. This takes into account mornings and nights to quickly see when people are most likely available.

If you’re a time zone buff, read interesting articles about various time zones. See local times for sunrise and sunset. And even create custom clocks and timers for yourself or to send to friends.

Scheduling meeting in GMT's Meeting Planner tool.

Pros

  • Multiple types of time zone converters
  • Set up meetings easily
  • Create timers and event clocks

Cons

  • No login option to save your conversions and preferences

Once you have figured out time zone math to schedule meetings, check out how to record meetings in Skype. Or, make your remote meetings in Microsoft Teams more fun with games.

Image credit: Unsplash. All screenshots by Crystal Crowder.

Crystal Crowder

Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.

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