Which time zone does Zendesk use?
Timestamps can be displayed in different time zones across your Zendesk account, depending on your configuration.
This article covers:
Ticket timestamps appear in your user profile time zone. Each user on your account can have a different time zone. However, by default, all user profiles are set to the primary Zendesk account time zone.
To view or update your account time zone
- In Admin Center, click the Account icon () in the sidebar.
- Navigate to Appearance > Localization.
- Select the appropriate time zone in the Time zone menu.
To view or update a user profile time zone
- Click the Search icon () in the upper-right of the top toolbar.
- Type in the user's name or email address and hit Enter.
- In the top menu, click Users.
- Choose a user from the list.
- Find the Time zone field in the side menu and amend it if needed.
Talk time zone
Phone call timestamps in a ticket are displayed in the time zone on the user profile of the agent or admin viewing the ticket. If no time zone is set in the user profile, the timestamp on the ticket defaults to the time zone for the account.
When your agents receive a call, Zendesk Support creates a ticket with an internal note that indicates the details of the call. The Time of call piece of information uses the UTC timezone.
Chat time zone
In-ticket Chat Transcript
Chat transcript's time zone is always UTC.
Chat account time zone
Chat agent time zone
Timestamps in the Chat History and inside of individual chats appear in the local time. The local time is determined by the system time on the agent's device currently being used to view the data.
The website analytics on the Home dashboard shows statistics in UTC.
However, the CSV export file that you can extract from this feature is in UTC.
Timestamps in the API use UTC and are formatted as ISO 8601 strings. For example:
Some endpoints use Unix time, also known as Epoch or POSIX time. For example:
1455821369. For more information, see the Zendesk Core API.
End user portal
Timestamps in the end user portal where your customers can view their existing tickets use the timezone set on the device/operating system they are viewing the ticket from. The timestamp will change automatically based on the timezone set on the device they are viewing the ticket from.