How to change the time on iPhone

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Once you know how to change the time on iPhone, daylight can’t hurt you anymore, and you will never be an hour early nor late to a meeting again. Being able to change the time is also handy when changing time zones on vacation or travelling, to make sure you don't miss flights or connections.

Until Apple invents the time machine, knowing how to change the time on your iPhone is as close as we can get to time travel. Thankfully, it's incredibly easy to do, requiring only a few taps on your iPhone screen.

If you're ready to get started, here's how to change the time on iPhone. 

 How to change the time on iPhone 

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Date & Time 
  3. Turn off the Set Automatically toggle.
  4. Select Time Zone.
  5. Select a new time zone.

Read on to see more detailed instructions for each step.


1. Open the Settings App from the home screen.

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2. Tap General

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3. Tap Date & Time.

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4. Toggle Set Automatically to off (i.e. not green) if it isn't already, otherwise you will not be able to change the time zone.  

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 5. Tap Time Zone. 

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 6. In the search bar that appears type a city or locale near you (or where you are going) that matches the time zone you need, then tap it to select.  

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7. If you would rather set the time manually instead of to a specific time zone,  simply tap the date or time below the Time Zone option.

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8. From the calendar view tap the time in the bottom right corner.

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9. Simply scroll and tap the time you want to set.

The final step to setting the time manually on iPhone

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And stop the clock. That's all you need to do, return to the home screen and your phone should now be on a new time zone. If you are on vacation, don't forget to change it again when you get back!

While you're on your iPhone you might want to check out how to transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, how to delete multiple contacts on iCloud, or give it a bit more oomph by learning how to clear RAM on iPhone. Otherwise, something that's useful to know to keep your phone safe is how to eject water from an iPhone.

Andy Sansom
Trainee Writer

Andy is Tom’s Guide’s Trainee Writer, which means that he currently writes about pretty much everything we cover. He has previously worked in copywriting and content writing both freelance and for a leading business magazine. His interests include gaming, music and sports- particularly Formula One, football and badminton. Andy’s degree is in Creative Writing and he enjoys writing his own screenplays and submitting them to competitions in an attempt to justify three years of studying.