How to Fix It When Your iPhone Time Is Wrong

Troubleshooting why your iPhone clock is wrong

What to Know

  • Most likely solution: Turn the Set Automatically option for Date & Time off and on again.
  • The incorrect date and time could affect the Calendar app, so also check Calendar settings directly.

This article explains what might cause your iPhone to display the incorrect time, and how to fix it.

Why Is My iPhone’s Time Wrong?

There are a few pretty simple reasons why your iPhone might be displaying the incorrect time.

  • It could be that Location Services are disabled, preventing your iPhone from automatically adjusting the time when you travel between time zones.
  • Your iPhone might be set to the wrong time zone.
  • Your automatic date and time settings may not be turned on, which would prevent your iPhone from adjusting the clock during events like Daylight Saving Time.

Apple also recommends making sure that you’ve installed the latest version of iOS.

To allow your iPhone to set the date and time based on your location automatically, you’ll need to make sure Location Services are turned on.

  1. Open your iPhone’s Settings.

  2. Scroll down and tap Privacy.

  3. Tap Location Services at the top of the list.

    iPhone settings with Privacy and Location Services highlighted
  4. Turn on Location Services. It will allow your iPhone to use the Set Automatically function in your Date & Time settings.

  5. If Location Services are already on, but you’re having trouble getting Set Automatically to work, toggle it off and then turn it back on again.

  6. When toggling Location Services off, a pop-up will appear notifying you that it will disable the option for all apps. Tap Turn Off.

    Location settings with Location Services and Turn Off highlighted

How Do I Correct the Time on My iPhone?

Fixing the date and time settings on your iPhone is a fairly straightforward process.

If you intend you use the automatic date and time settings on your iPhone, make sure you don’t have Airplane Mode turned on, and you also have a connection to a cellular or Wi-Fi signal.

  1. Open your iPhone’s Settings.

  2. Scroll down and tap General.

  3. In the General menu, tap Date & Time.

    iPhone settings with General and Date & Time highlighted
  4. If Set Automatically is turned off, tap the toggle to turn it on. It will cause your phone to automatically update the date and time by using a cellular or Wi-Fi connection to determine your location's current date and time.

  5. If Set Automatically is turned on, toggle it off and on again. It should cause your iPhone to reset the current date and time to match your location.

  6. If Set Automatically is off and you don’t want to turn it on, you can manually set your time zone, the date, and the time instead.

  7. Tap Time Zone.

    iPhone Date & Time settings with Set Automatically and Time Zone highlighted
  8. Type your current location or the location you want to set your date and time information into the text field at the top of the screen and select the correct location from the results.

  9. Tap the date to pull up a calendar menu and select the correct date.

  10. Tap the time below the calendar menu to set the current time.

    iPhone Date & Time settings with search function, date, and time highlighted
  11. Changes will save automatically. You can either tap < General to go back to the previous menu or close the Settings menu.

Why Is My iPhone Calendar in the Wrong Time Zone?

Many of the reasons your iPhone Calendar app might be displaying the wrong time zone are the same reasons your iPhone might be showing the incorrect time. If your iPhone’s date or time settings are wrong, your calendar dates and times will be as well. The Time Zone Override option could also throw off dates and times when it’s turned off; the calendar will adjust the date and time of events to match your current location.

How Do I Correct the Time in My iPhone Calendar?

As the date and time displayed in your iPhone’s Calendar app are tied to your iPhone’s Date & Time settings, you should first attempt to adjust those settings (detailed above). If those don’t solve the problem, you may need to change the calendar itself.

If you need to connect a new user or account to your calendar, have the necessary log-in information for that account ready, as you will need to input it for verification.

  1. Open your iPhone’s Settings.

  2. Scroll down and tap Calendar.

  3. Scroll down and tap Default Calendar.

    iPhone settings with Calendar and Default Calendar highlighted
  4. Ensure your default calendar is the calendar you want to use or is connected to the correct user or account.

  5. If the user or account you need isn’t present, tap < Back to return to the previous menu, then scroll up and tap Accounts.

  6. Tap Add Account, then tap the kind of account you wish to add from the pop-up menu.

    iPhone Calendar settings with Accounts and Add Account highlighted
  7. Follow the steps outlined on the screen to add the account you require.

  8. Exit the Accounts menu and go back to the Default Calendar menu.

  9. Select the new user/account as your default.

    iPhone Calendar settings with Default Calendar and set new calendar highlighted
  10. If your calendar is still not showing the correct date or time, you may need to adjust your Time Zone Override settings as well.

  11. Go back to the Calendar menu and tap Time Zone Override.

  12. Tap the toggle to turn Time Zone Override on or off. If on, it will keep your calendar events and times set to your iPhone’s designated time zone. If off, your calendar events will be automatically adjusted, so it will display dates and times according to your current location’s time zone (i.e., if you travel to a different time zone, event times will adjust to match the new local settings).

  13. With Time Zone Override toggled on, tap Time Zone to select the time zone you wish to apply to your calendar events.

    iPhone Calendar settings with Time Zone Override, the toggle, and Time Zone highlighted
  • How do I change the date on my iPhone?

    To change the date on your iPhone, open Settings and tap General > Date & Time. Toggle off Set Automatically, tap the current date, and then set the date manually.

  • How do I change the snooze time on an iPhone?

    There's no official way to change the snooze time on an iPhone. However, one workaround is to schedule different alarms to go off at your desired snooze interval times. To do so, open the Clock app, tap Alarm, set your preferred wakeup time, disable the Snooze settings, and tap Save. Next, create a new alarm for your custom "snooze" time.

  • How do I check screen time on an iPhone?

    To check your screen time on an iPhone, you'll first need to turn on the feature. Go to Settings > Screen Time. Tap Turn On Screen Time > Continue. Tap This is My iPhone, and optionally, turn on Share Across Devices. To view your screen time report, go to Settings > Screen Time and tap See All Activity. Tap Week or Day to see those summaries.

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