How to get the time with Alexa

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In this article, you will learn voice commands to get not only the time at your location but in different parts of the world too. Alexa can also give you the time difference between cities or countries.
There are several ways to make a request to Alexa and Amazon is constantly improving its voice recognition and features. Here, we give you examples of commands that we have tested that should help you explore Alexa’s capabilities.

Ask the time

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Local time

Alexa, what time is it?

You

The time is 6:57 pm

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Time in another city

Alexa, what time is it in [city]?

You

For example, let’s ask what the current time is in Moscow.

Alexa, what time is it in [Moscow]?

You

In Moscow, it’s 10:57 pm

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Country time

If the country has several time zones, Alexa will give either the time in the main city or the average time across all time zones.
For example for the United States:

Alexa, what time is it in the [United States] ?

The United States has multiple timezones. In New York, it is 3:20pm.

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Time difference

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Between two cities

Alexa, what is the time difference between [Paris] and [Singapore]?

You

[Paris] is 7 hours behind [Singapore]

Alexa

If you reverse these cities from our example.

Alexa, what is the time difference between [Singapore] and [Paris]?

You

[Singapour] is 7 hours ahead of [Paris]

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Relative to your location

To get the time difference of a city in relation to your location set in your Echo device. In the following example, we are in Ottawa, Canada.

Alexa, what is the time difference with [Singapore]?

You

[Singapour] is 13 hours ahead of [Ottawa]

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Time Zone

To obtain the time zone of a city in the world in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). UTC replaces what was called before Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Alexa, what is [Singapore] time zone?

You

Singapore is in the Asia/Singapore timezone. Your time zone is 13 hours behind Singapore.

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Time change

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Time change for your location

Alexa, when is the time change?

You

In 2019, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 am and ends on Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 am.

Alexa

If Alexa doesn’t specify the next time change occurrence, you can ask:

Alexa, when is the next time change?

You

In Canada, daylight savings time starts on March 8, 2020.

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Time change for another location

Sometimes the time change doesn’t take place at the same time in another country. You can ask Alexa the time change for a city or a country. Let’s ask for the time change in France.

Alexa, when is the time change in [France]?

You

In France, daylight savings time ended on October 27, 2019. It starts again on March 29, 2020.

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Time calculation

You might want to calculate the corresponding time in one location according to another country or city time.
In this scenario, I live in Vancouver but want to watch a TV show that is announced to start at 2 pm in New York. Alexa can calculate the corresponding time to watch it at your local time.

Alexa, when it’s 2 pm in [New York], what time is it in [Vancouver]?
Alexa, what time is it in [Vancouver] when it’s 2 pm in [New York]?

You

2:00 pm in New York City is the same as 11:00 am Pacific Standard Time in Vancouver.

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Sun and Moon

If you want to know the sunrise and sunset, the phases of the moon or get information about date calculations and special days in the calendar, check out our article How to use dates and events with Alexa.

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