How To Fix iPhone Problem Not Showing Correct Date And Time

Have an iPhone or iPad that doesn’t display the correct time and date? Well, do not worry, then we will explain how to solve the problem on your iOS device.

It’s probably not something that you give much thought to or you might not even care at all, but displaying the wrong date and time can cause other problems with the apps and services on your iPhone or iPad.

It is not very obvious, but certain iOS functionalities actually use the system date and time to function properly. If the date or time is slightly off, the dependent functions may start to act erratically.

Set date and time automatically by location

Step 1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app and go to General. And yes, you guessed it, now you must be in the section Date and Time.

Step 2. You will instantly notice that there is an option called ‘Automatic adjustment’, with an alternate switch next to it. It seems very easy, right? Well it is. Make sure the switch is in the on position.

If the switch is already on, but the time is still wrong, turn the switch off for a short period of time, and then turn it on again.

Step 3. Once this is done, under that option you will find the setting of ‘Time zone’, which shows the detected time zone where your device is located. This should be correct based on the location of the device, make sure it is showing the correct location.

Step 4. Now you need to make sure that the device is configured correctly to allow it to automatically detect where you are in the world and adjust accordingly. Of course, this requires you to turn on location services.

Go back to the Settings app and go to Privacy. Then look for the option to Location and flip the switch with the same name.

Step 5. Now go down to where it says System services. Within this setting, there is an option to Set the time zone. Activate the switch next to the ‘Time zone’ so that your iPhone / iPad correctly determines the location, and consequently the date and time are accurate.

Of course, if you don’t trust automation, or if you simply prefer to disable location services to protect your privacy as much as possible, then you can choose to set the time and date manually.

Manual setting of location, date and time.

Step 1. Go to Settings> General> Date and time.

Step 2. Turn off Auto Adjust.

Step 3. Now you can change the time zone or the date and time.

  • Press Time zone and enter a city with the time zone you need. Not sure which city to select? Use the time zone map on timeanddate.com to find a city with a time zone that meets your needs.
  • Or tap the date to change the date and time.

And that’s it, now you must have the time and date correctly configured on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.