Are you working on a Laravel project and need to set the America time zone for your application? Laravel’s default timezone is UTC, but you can easily adjust it to match the time zone you need. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process step by step, ensuring your Laravel application displays and processes time according to the America/New_York time zone.

Step 1: Open the Laravel Configuration

The first step is to open your Laravel project’s configuration. You can achieve this in one of three ways: by modifying theconfig/app.phpfile, using environment variables in the.envfile, or creating a custom configuration file namedtimezone.php.

Method 1: Modifyingconfig/app.php

  1. Open theconfig/app.phpfile.
  2. Locate thetimezoneoption, which is initially set to ‘UTC.’
  3. Change the timezone to ‘America/New_York’ (or your preferred America time zone).
  4. Save the file.

Method 2: Using Environment Variables (.env)

  1. Open the.envfile.
  2. Find theAPP_TIMEZONEoption, which is initially set to ‘UTC.’
  3. UpdateAPP_TIMEZONEto ‘America/New_York’ (or your desired America time zone).
  4. Save the file.

Method 3: Creating a Configuration File

  1. Create a new configuration file namedtimezone.phpin yourconfigdirectory.
  2. Add the following code to thetimezone.phpfile:

return [
    'timezone' => 'America/New_York',
  1. Save the file.
  2. Open theconfig/app.phpfile and replace thetimezoneoption with'timezone' => config('timezone.timezone').

By following these steps, you’ve successfully changed the timezone of your Laravel application to “America/New_York.” Your application will now display and process time according to the desired America time zone.


Changing the timezone in Laravel is a straightforward process, whether you prefer to modify the configuration file, use environment variables, or create a custom configuration file. By setting the America time zone, you ensure that your application handles time-related operations accurately and in line with your specific requirements.

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