java – Get current time in a given timezone : android-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I am new to Android and I am currently facing an issue to get current time given the timezone.

I get timezone in the format “GMT-7” i.e. string.
and I have the system time.

Is there a clean way to get the current time in the above given timezone?
Any help is appreciated.

edit :
Trying to do this :

public String getTime(String timezone) {
    Calendar c = Calendar.getInstance();
    Date date = c.getTime();
    SimpleDateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy");
    String strDate = df.format(date);
    return c.getTime().toString();
How to solve:

I got it to work like this :

TimeZone tz = TimeZone.getTimeZone("GMT+05:30");
Calendar c = Calendar.getInstance(tz);
String time = String.format("%02d" , c.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY))+":"+
            String.format("%02d" , c.get(Calendar.MINUTE))+":"+
.                   String.format("%02d" , c.get(Calendar.SECOND))+":"+
    .           String.format("%03d" , c.get(Calendar.MILLISECOND));

Also, every other time conversion based on this date should also be used with this timezone, otherwise, the default timezone of device will be used and the time will be converted based on that timezone.


Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
TimeZone tz = cal.getTimeZone();
Log.d("Time zone","="+tz.getDisplayName());



Both the older date-time classes bundled with Java and the third-party Joda-Time library have been supplanted by the java.time framework built into Java 8 and later. These classes supplant the old troublesome date-time classes such as java.util.Date. See Oracle Tutorial. Much of the java.time functionality is back-ported to Java 6 & 7 in ThreeTen-Backport and further adapted to Android in ThreeTenABP.

By the way, never refer to an offset-from-UTC with a single digit of hours such as -7, as that is non-standard and will be incompatible with various protocols and libraries. Always pad with a zero for second digit, such as -07.

If all you have is an offset rather than a time zone, use the OffsetDateTime class.

ZoneOffset offset = ZoneOffset.ofHours( -7 );
OffsetDateTime odt = offset );
String output1 = odt.toLocalTime().toString();
System.out.println( "Current time in " + offset + ": " + output1 );

Current time in -07:00: 19:41:36.525

If you have a full time zone, which is an offset plus a set of rules for handling anomalies such as Daylight Saving Time (DST), rather than a mere offset-from-UTC, use the ZonedDateTime class.

ZoneId denverTimeZone = ZoneId.of( "America/Denver" );
ZonedDateTime zdt = denverTimeZone );
String output2 = zdt.toLocalTime().toString();
System.out.println( "Current time in " + denverTimeZone + ": " + output2 );

Current time in America/Denver: 20:41:36.560

See this code in action in


You can use Joda-Time 2.7 in Android. Makes date-time work much easier.

DateTimeZone zone = DateTimeZone.forID ( "America/Denver" );
DateTime dateTime = new DateTime ( zone );
String output = dateTime.toLocalTime ().toString ();

dump to console.

System.out.println ( "zone: " + zone + " | dateTime: " + dateTime + " | output: " + output );

When run…

zone: America/Denver | dateTime: 2016-07-11T20:50:17.668-06:00 | output: 20:50:17.668

Count Since Epoch

I strongly recommend against tracking by time by count-since-epoch. But if necessary, you can extract Joda-Time’s internal milliseconds-since-epoch (Unix time, first moment of 1970 UTC) by calling the getMillis method on a DateTime.

Note the use of the 64-bit long rather than 32-bit int primitive types.

In java.time. Keep in mind that you may be losing data here, as java.time holds a resolution up to nanoseconds. Going from nanoseconds to milliseconds means truncating up to six digits of a decimal fraction of a second (3 digits for milliseconds, 9 for nanoseconds).

long millis = ().toEpochMilli ();

In Joda-Time.

long millis = denverTimeZone ).getMillis();


Try this:

SimpleDateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy");
String strDate = df.format(date);

YOUR_TIMEZONE may be something like: GMT, UTC, GMT-5, etc.


Set the timezone to formatter, not calendar:

public String getTime(String timezone) {
    Calendar c = Calendar.getInstance();
    Date date = c.getTime(); //current date and time in UTC
    SimpleDateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy");
    df.setTimeZone(TimeZone.getTimeZone(timezone)); //format in given timezone
    String strDate = df.format(date);
    return strDate;


Yes, you can. By call TimeZone setDefault() method.

public String getTime(String timezone) {
    TimeZone defaultTz = TimeZone.getDefault();

    Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
    Date date = cal.getTime();
    String strDate = date.toString();

    // Reset Back to System Default

    return strDate;


I found a better and simpler way.

First set time zone of app using


And then call Calander to get date internally it uses default timezone set by above through out app.

     Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
     Log.d("Los angeles time   ",cal.getTime().toString());

It will give current time based on time zone.

D/Los angeles time: Thu Jun 21 13:52:25 PDT 2018


 TimeZone tz = TimeZone.getTimeZone(TimeZoneID);
 Calendar c= Calendar.getInstance(tz);
 String time=new SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm:ss").format(new Date(cal.getTimeInMillis()));

TimeZoneID can be one of from below as per as your choice

String[] ids=TimeZone.getAvailableIDs();

then time can be get as per accepted answer above

String time = String.format("%02d" , c.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY))+":"+
            String.format("%02d" , c.get(Calendar.MINUTE))+":"+
                  String.format("%02d" , c.get(Calendar.SECOND))+":"+
               String.format("%03d" , c.get(Calendar.MILLISECOND));


Cleanest way is with SimpleDateFormat

SimpleDateFormat = SimpleDateFormat("MMM\nd\nh:mm a", Locale.getDefault())

or you can specify the Locale


One way to deal with time zone and milliseconds values:

val currentDateTime = Calendar.getInstance().apply {
        timeZone?.let {
            val tzCalendar = Calendar.getInstance(it)
            this.set(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY, tzCalendar.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY))
            this.set(Calendar.MINUTE, tzCalendar.get(Calendar.MINUTE))

This way you’re getting time in milliseconds for the specific timezone.

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