Understand time field

Understand time field

The time field enables your users to enter a valid time. They can either use a time picker or type the required time value. The time field displays time as per the time format and time zone set in your app's settings. Below is how a time field looks on a form:

  • When a user accesses from a web browser:

  • When a user accesses from a phone or tablet:

When to use this field 

Use a time field if you want to enable your users to enter is a specific time. When you want to enable your users to enter a date as well as a time value, you add a date-time field to your form. 

Experience while entering data

  • When a user is using a web browser, clicking in the time field's input area will open the time picker. Your users can then select the required time in a few clicks:

  • When a user is using a phone or tablet, tapping in the time field's input area will open the time picker, which auto-selects the current time. Your users can also select the required time by individually selecting the hours, minutes, and seconds (when enabled).


You can perform the following customizations for the user experience of the time field on a form:

Set allowed hours

You can customize the time field such that it accepts a time value that falls during the hours you allow. Learn how

For example, you may allow your users to select a time that falls between 11:00 to 18:00 (i.e., 11:00 am to 6:00 pm). When a user accesses this time field and selects a time that is not within the allowed hours, they will be prompted with an error message.

Hide or show seconds

By default, the seconds part is displayed by the time field. You can hide it in both — the forms and its reports — by disabling the Show seconds field property. Learn how to manage seconds for the time field

When Show seconds is disabled and users access from a web browser, the seconds picker won’t appear in the time field. However, users are free to type the seconds part.

Below is an example of a time field in a list report that doesn't show seconds:

Set minutes interval

You can customize the time picker such that your users get to set the minutes part as per the interval you set. Learn how to set minutes interval for time fields

Setting the minutes interval will not prevent your users from entering a time that does not conform to the selected interval. However, when the typed minutes part does not adhere to the Minutes interval of that field, the input will automatically be rounded to the nearest acceptable value. For example, if your users enter 12:14 PM as the input, the time field will automatically set it as 12:10 PM; when they enter 12:16 PM, the time field will automatically set it as 12:20 PM. 

Set initial value

Initial value for a time field refers to the time value that comes pre-filled when your users access your forms to submit an entry. You can set the initial value either to the current time when your users access your form or to a particular time value. Learn how to set initial value for time field

Imagine that you are building an app to manage orders. You want to set the input for time field as the current time when your users access your form to submit an entry instead of letting users type the input every time they purchase a product. You can do this by selecting zoho.currenttime as the initial value for that time field in your form.

Setting an initial value will not prevent your users from entering a different time value.

Other field properties

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