I am using the below code (taken from this post) to make monthly composites of cloud masked S2 data but the reduce.median won't work because my ImageCollection doesn't have a timestamp. Does anyone know how I can add a timestamp to the masked ImageCollection?

/* Function to mask clouds using the Sentinel-2 QA band
 * @param {ee.Image} image Sentinel-2 image
 * @return {ee.Image} cloud masked Sentinel-2 image
function maskS2clouds(image) {
  var qa = image.select('QA60');

  // Bits 10 and 11 are clouds and cirrus, respectively.
  var cloudBitMask = 1 << 10;
  var cirrusBitMask = 1 << 11;

  // Both flags should be set to zero, indicating clear conditions.
  var mask = qa.bitwiseAnd(cloudBitMask).eq(0)

  return image.updateMask(mask).divide(10000);

var geometry = geometry; 

var col = ee.ImageCollection('COPERNICUS/S2')
          // Pre-filter to get less cloudy granules.
          .filter(ee.Filter.lt('CLOUDY_PIXEL_PERCENTAGE', 20))


//Monthly Images
var months = ee.List.sequence(1,12);
var years = ee.List.sequence(2018,2018); 

// monthly composite
var monthlyImages =  ee.ImageCollection.fromImages(
  years.map(function (y) {
  return months.map(function(m){
  var w = col.select('B4', 'B3', 'B2').filter(ee.Filter.calendarRange(y, y, 'year'))
           .filter(ee.Filter.calendarRange(m, m, 'month'))
  return w.set('year', y)
           .set('month', m)
           .set('date', ee.Date.fromYMD(y,m,1))



Error: ImageCollection (Error) reduce.median: Can't apply calendarRange filter to objects without a timestamp.

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Certain (many) operations on an image will not include the image properties in the result. In your case, divide(10000) is the one dropping system:time_start. You can add all properties back with copyProperties(). First argument is the image or feature you want to copy properties from. By (the slightly annoying) default, all system:* properties is excluded. Provide a second argument to explicitly specify the list of property names to copy to include system:* properties. image.propertyNames() is the list of all property names.

    .copyProperties(image, image.propertyNames())


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