How to Change the Time on Android

Update your smartphone for Daylight Savings or a new time zone

What to Know

  • Open the Clock app > Settings > then choose a new time.
  • Open Settings > System > Date & Time.

This article will detail the two primary ways Android users can change the time or time zones set on their phones.

Homescreen with clock on Android

How Do You Change Data and Time on Android?

Whether you’re looking to change the time zone on your Android phone or just looking to update for Daylight Savings Time, updating the time is easy. You can change the time in several different ways depending on the device you’re using—Samsung, Google, LG, etc. 

Changing the date or time on your Android device isn’t difficult. Despite the many types of Android phones from various manufacturers, the basic steps you take are always similar. However, to ensure you can easily change the date or time, we’ve detailed two specific ways to change it. Follow the steps below to learn how to change the date and time using the Clock app built into your Android phone.

  1. Open the Clock app on your phone and navigate to the Clock tab.

  2. Locate the menu button. It should look like three dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Tap the menu dots to bring up the menu.

    Clock app and Menu button on Android phone
  3. Select Settings to open the date and time settings.

  4. Here you can change your default time zone. However, if you’d like to make more changes to the date and time, you can tap that option to be taken directly to your phone’s settings. You can then choose whether to set the time manually, have it update automatically based on your location, and more.

    Clock Settings > Change date & time in Android

Change the Time From the Phone's Settings

The second way to change the date and time on your Android phone involves going directly into the phone’s settings. Follow the steps below to learn how to change it using this method.

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.

  2. Scroll down and locate the System option. Alternatively, you can search “date and time” using the bar at the top of the Settings page.

  3. From System, tap Date & Time.

    System icon > Date & time > Set time automatically on Android phone

You can now select from a broad range of date or time-based settings, including your time zone, location to set as the time zone, the format for how time shows up on your device, and more. Make sure to tap set time automatically, so it is disabled before trying to make any changes.

How Do I Reset the Date and Time?

If you want to reset the date and time on your phone, you can always navigate to your phone's date and time settings and set it to automatic. 

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.

  2. Navigate to System or search for Date or time in the search bar at the top of the page.

  3. Select Date & Time.

  4. Tap Set time automatically to reset time to whatever location you’re currently at.

How Do I Change the Time on a Samsung Phone?

Changing the time on your Samsung phone is similar to how you’d change it on other Android devices. However, Samsung does label things differently.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Samsung phone.

  2. Navigate to and tap General Management in the Settings list.

  3. Locate Date and time and select it.

    Settings > General Management > Date and Time on a Samsung phone
  4. Turn off the automatic date and time setting and then choose the time or date you’d like your phone to show.

FAQ
  • How do I change the snooze time on my Android phone?

    You can change the default snooze time on an Android in the Alarm settings. Go to Settings > Alarms > Snooze length and change the number of minutes.

  • How do I change the sleep time on my Android phone?

    You can change the settings so that your screen stays active longer on an Android phone. Go to Settings > Display > Sleep to delay the Android Sleep timer by up to 30 minutes.

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