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Getting the User's Current Timezone in Kotlin

Kotlin, Android Development1 min read

When developing an Android application, it can be valuable to determine the user's current timezone. This information enables you to tailor your app's functionality and content to match their local time. In this article, we will explore various techniques on how to obtain the user's timezone in Kotlin.

Using Java's TimeZone Class

One way to get the user's current timezone is by utilizing Java's TimeZone class, which is available in Kotlin for Android development. Here's an example of how you can use this class:

1val timeZone = TimeZone.getDefault()
2val timeZoneId =
3val timeZoneDisplayName = timeZone.displayName
5Log.d("Timezone", "ID: $timeZoneId, Display Name: $timeZoneDisplayName")

The getDefault() method retrieves the default timezone for the device. You can then access the ID and display name properties. Logging this information allows you to verify that you're obtaining the correct timezone details.

Utilizing Android's Calendar and Date classes

Another approach involves leveraging Android's Calendar and Date classes to extract the user's timezone offset. Here's an example:

1val calendar = Calendar.getInstance()
2val timezoneOffset = calendar.timeZone.rawOffset
4Log.d("Timezone", "Offset: $timezoneOffset milliseconds")

By utilizing Calendar.getInstance(), you obtain an instance of the current date and time. The rawOffset property gives you the timezone offset in milliseconds. This offset represents the difference, in milliseconds, between the user's timezone and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Retrieving the Timezone ID with ZoneId

If you prefer a more modern approach, you can rely on the java.time package introduced in Java 8 and available via the Android API level 26 and higher:

1val zoneId = ZoneId.systemDefault()
2val zoneIdString =
4Log.d("Timezone", "Zone ID: $zoneIdString")

Using ZoneId.systemDefault(), you can obtain the system default timezone. The id property provides the unique identifier for the timezone.