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How to Change the Time on any iPhone

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The iPhone should always know what time it is. This is because the iPhone can automatically adjust its clock based on your location and time zone. This article explains how to manually and automatically change the clock on an iPhone, as well as what to do if things don’t work.

What You Should Know

  • Automatically: General Settings > Date & Time > Automatically set to on/green.
  • Manually: Settings > General > Date & Time > Automatically set to off/white > time > time > time > pick time
  • Time zone of the match: Setting > Privacy & Security > Location Services > System Settings > Turning on Time Zone

How to Change the Clock on an iPhone Automatically

Most people will probably want their iPhone’s clock to change automatically. This is the option that allows your iPhone to detect your location geographically using GPS and connecting to local cell phone networks—and automatically adjust the clock. You’ve probably benefited from this when landing from a flight and seeing your iPhone’s clock automatically change once you exit Airplane Mode.

Follow these steps to set the iPhone clock to change automatically:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.iPhone with Settings and General highlighted
  3. Tap Date & Time.
  4. Move the Set Automatically slider to on/green. From now on, whenever your iPhone has a network connection, it will check the time over the internet and automatically adjust its clock to the correct local time.iPhone settings with Date & Time and Set Automatically highlighted

How to Change the Clock on an iPhone Manually

Prefer to set your iPhone clock manually? You can do that, too. Here’s how:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Date & Time.iPhone with Settings, General, and Date & Time highlighted
  4. Ensure the Set Automatically slider is set to off/white.With Set Automatically turned off, you can also manually select your Time Zone by tapping it.
  5. Tap the time beneath the Time Zone bar.
  6. Tap the time at the bottom of the section.
  7. Use the wheels to set the time on your iPhone.iPhone Date & Time Settings with Set Automatically, time, and setting time highlighted

What to Do if iPhone Time Won’t Set Automatically

In most cases, the iPhone can automatically set the time, change the clock, and update the time zone. It accomplishes this by detecting its geolocation via the internet and GPS. If that doesn’t work, here’s what you should do:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy & Security.
  3. Tap Location Services.iPhone Settings with Privacy & Security and Location Services highlighted
  4. Ensure the Location Services slider is set to on/green.
  5. Swipe to the bottom of the screen and tap System Services.
  6. Ensure the Setting Time Zone slider is set to on/green.iPhone Location Services settings with Location Services, System Services, and Setting Time Zone highlighted

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