How to manually change the time and date on your iPhone, or set it to update automatically based on your location

iPhone XHollis Johnson

  • If the time on your iPhone is wrong, you could change it manually with a few taps, or make sure it's set to change automatically.
  • Your iPhone is designed to automatically identify what time zone you're located in, and display the correct time accordingly.
  • If your iPhone displays the wrong time, check to make sure that all the time-related options are correct in the Settings app, and that you're connected to cell service.
  • If the automatic settings don't work, you can turn them off and set the time manually in the Settings app's Date & Time section.
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Your iPhone is designed to display the correct time automatically. It gets date and time information from your cellular service provider and through GPS, so it should always know the correct local time zone and whether it's Daylight Saving Time or not.

If your iPhone displays the wrong time, you should check to make sure your settings are correct. You can also change the time and date yourself.

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How to change your iPhone's time settings to set automatically

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap "Privacy."

3. Tap "Location Services."

4. On the Location Services page, make sure "Location Services" is turned on.

time 1The Location Services switch is found at the top of the page.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

5. Scroll to the bottom and tap "System Services," then make sure "Setting Time Zone" is turned on.

time 2Ensure that &quotSetting Time Zone" is on so your phone can ensure the time is set correctly.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

6. Tap the Back button at the top left of the screen three times to go back to the main Settings page.

7. Tap "General" and then tap "Date & Time."

8. On the Date & Time page, make sure that "Set Automatically" is tuned on.

9. Make sure the correct time zone is displayed.

time 3The Date & Time page is where you ensure the time is being updated automatically.Dave Johnson/Business Insider

How to change the time on an iPhone manually

If your iPhone is unable to display the correct time automatically for some reason, you might have no alternative but to set the time manually.

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap "General" and then tap "Date & Time."

3. Turn off "Set Automatically."

4. Tap "Time Zone" and enter the correct time zone for your location.

5. Tap the date and time and then set it manually.

time 4If you need to set the time manually, turn off &quotSet Automatically."Dave Johnson/Business Insider

Remember that if your time is set manually, you will need to change it by hand if you change time zones or, when your region switches over to Daylight Saving Time.

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