New Time Error on App for Android

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Platform (Android, iOS, Website): Android

App version number, if a mobile app issue (shown under Settings or About): 1.22.1 (488)

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Description of problem (please provide a set of steps we can use to replicate the issue, and make as many as you need.):

Recently I will make observations and notice after the fact that the time has been automatically set for a couple hours in the future (image 2). I usually notice this when I go back to my observations list and see that there is a negative number for when the obs was taken (image 3). When I go to adjust the time to make it correct, I get the error that you would normally get for setting the time in the future except it’s blocking me from correcting the time

most of your recent observations are recorded at EDT (-400), but this particular observation and a smattering of others were recorded at PDT (-700), these observations were recorded using at time that reflects EDT though. so these PDT observations are effectively 3 hours ahead of the others. you can correct the time on these to go back 3 hours (or adjust the time zone, which you might have to do on the website since i’m not sure there’s a way to do that in the app), and that should work around the problem.

but then there’s the question of why some observations are recorded at EDT and others are at PDT. i can see that the metadata captured in your photos – for both EDT and PDT observations – seems to reflect PDT (-700). so i assume that means your phone is set to PDT. i assume then that most of your observations are being recorded at EDT because that’s what you have set up in your iNaturalist profile. maybe there are times when the Android app can’t access your iNat profile for some reason, and in those cases, it will default to the time zone of the phone?

if you haven’t already, you may want to e-mail the log files from your app to help@inaturalist.org, and that will allow staff to troubleshoot. to do this, go to the About screen in the app, and tap the Version section 3 times. (don’t share the logs with non-staff because they could contain information that you don’t want randos to get access to.)

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