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Time zones when creating/participating in polls - how does it work and how do I change it?

Each time a poll with time zone support is opened, the time zone is set automatically according to ones IP-Address. Doodle compares your IP address with a time zone database and preselects the time zone pulldown. On one hand, it is possible that this database is not up to date (but we update it on a regular basis). On the other hand, it is possible that your IP address is assigned to you by your employer or an Internet service provider with several locations. One of several locations is assigned to you which could be different to your location and therefore will result in the wrong preselection. Using proxies could also be the reason why the time zone is preselected wrongly.

The easiest to resolve this issue is using a free Doodle account. If you have set the time zone in your Doodle account (Profile settings), it will override the one resolved from your IP-Address. Always log in to your account before creating a poll or participating in one and the time zone pulldown should always be set correctly. In case it is not - read below how you can easily change the time zone manually when you create and participate in a poll. 

Changing the time zone when creating a poll

Regardless of your account settings, always check the time zone of your poll when you are creating it. You can easily check it in step 2 underneath the time selection in both monthly and weekly view



It case it shows something wrong (it has to show YOUR time zone), simply click on it, type the correct one, and select it from the list. You can also make this change to an existing poll, by editing it if no one has already voted in the poll. Make sure to go through the final steps and click "finish" to save the changes you made.  

* HINT: If you are creating a poll and you and all your participants are in the same time zone, you can click on the time zone and select "REMOVE TIME ZONE" - everyone will see the same times.

Change the time zone when participating in a poll 

If you open a poll you have been invited to and you notice you are seeing the wrong time zone at the top of the poll (it has to show YOUR time zone) you can easily change it. Click on the current time zone, type the correct one, and select it from the list. 



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