Gone are those days when people used to look at their wristwatches to check the time. Instead, our watches are on the lock screen display of our iPhones and iPod touch.

Even though your iPhone is designed to display the correct time automatically, a few bugs can make it show the wrong time.

If your iPhone lock screen clock display is showing the wrong time, we will tell you how to fix your time settings with an easy, step-by-step guide. With the correct time on your iPhone home screen, you’ll be able to schedule your day effortlessly.

Automatic vs. Manual Settings

An iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch come with two different time-related options; automatic and manual. The iOS device will automatically update your date and time settings according to your location with the automatic settings.

On the other hand, manual setting requires the user to access system settings and adjust the time manually.

However, we have become so reliant on automatic date settings that it has become quite a chore to set the date and time manually.

How to Change Time on iPhone Lock Screen

Most of your iPhone apps may start to act up if your date and time are incorrect. So, it is essential to keep it updated to make your phone function properly.

The first step is to make sure that your phone is connected to the cell service. It will help if you want your phone to update the time automatically.

Here is a detailed, step-by-step guide to adjusting the time in your iPhone, manual and automatically:

Automatic Time Zone on iPhone Displays

Follow these easy steps to change the iPhone date and time automatically:

  1. First, turn on your Wi-Fi or cellular data.
  2. Tap Settings. The settings icon will be a grey-colored wheel icon in your main menu.
  3. Go to Privacy settings.
  4. Select Location services.
  5. Make sure to turn the location tab on.
  6. Next, scroll to the bottom and select system services.
  7. Turn on the setting Time zones option.
  8. Got back to the main settings app.
  9. Tap “General” then tap “Date and time.”
  10. Turn on the “set automatically” option.
  11. Check if the correct time zone is displayed.
  12. If not, then change the time zone settings according to your location.

This is the easiest way for iPhone users to keep their time and data updated. These settings will also automatically determine your daylight saving time without a hassle.

Manual Time Settings

If your device is not supporting automatic time zone settings, here is how to manually correct the wrong date or time on your iPhone:

  1. First, go to the settings app.
  2. Tap “General” and then go to “Date and Time”
  3. Turn off the automatic slider.
  4. Go to “Time zones” and choose your current location for setting the time zone manually. 
  5. Set the date and exact time manually.
  6. Save the time setting, and it’s done.

Since your settings are manual, you will have to change the time zones every time you change your location. You will also have to adjust your daylight saving time manually.


Here are some commonly-asked questions:

Why Can’t I Change My Time on My iPhone?

One of the main reasons for this problem could be the version of your iOS. First, check your settings app to see if you have the latest version of iOS. Then, update the operating system if it’s not.

Once you are done updating, go to the time zone settings and turn on the Set Automatically slider to change the date and time zone.

Why is My iPhone Showing the Wrong Time?

As mentioned above, a system update is essential to keep your time setting updated. Another thing that can affect your time and date is your battery.

If your battery has been fully drained and your iPhone turns off, your date time options can also turn off. So make sure to readjust the time and date on your phone after recharging it.

How to Switch to a 12-hour Format in iPhone?

Your iPhone clock display will show time in military time format, which offers 24 hours in a day instead of breaking them down into 12-12 hours. To switch to a 12-hour clock display, go to the time and date settings and slide the 24-hour bar to turn it off.

Do I Need to Turn on Location Services for the Auto-time to Set Correctly?

Yes, the automatic date and time option requires you to turn on the location services to show the correct time. Since the time zone is based on your location, it will change wherever you travel to a new destination. In addition, it will also update your daylight saving time whenever needed.

How Do I Stop My iPhone From Changing Time Zones?

If you don’t want your iPhone to automatically change time zones or daylight saving time, turn off the “Set Automatically” option. This way, you can only change the settings.


Setting the correct date and time on apple devices is not challenging. By following a few easy steps, you can adjust the date-time options on your phone.

To suit your preference, you can also change the time format from 24 hours to 12 hours.

If none of these steps work on your device, you can refresh your cellular connection or contact Apple support. They can assign a professional to help you adjust your time and calendar issues.