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How To Set the Time on Apple Watch

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A few years back, people needed a computer to keep in their pockets. Nowadays, everyone has a chance to buy a computer that fits on their wrist. Yes, you heard that right! That’s when the Apple Watch comes into the spotlight. Its incomparable and unique features have come in handy for many people around the globe. Timekeeping is one of those features.

Apple Watch is a convergent device, and this uniqueness shows in every aspect, including time. You don’t need to dig in your pocket to check the time. Just turn your wrist, and voila! You can see the time and the date. Moreover, you can even personalize and add infographics, alarms, sunrise and sunset times, and more.

However, there is one issue many people face. Apple Watch is always paired with your iPhone. That means the default time on the Apple Watch display is the same as the time on your iPhone. The Apple Watch often shows the wrong time or sometimes seems to be frozen in time. This can be a hassle for people who prioritize punctuality.

Let’s assume you are in a different timezone, and your Apple Watch shows the wrong time. Don’t worry! We’ve covered two methods that’ll prove effective against this hassle!

How To Set Time Manually on Apple Watch

This method is done on Apple Watch. Keep your paired iPhone near your watch, and make sure both devices are updated.

  1. Press the Digital Crown; click on the icon that’s shaped like a gear.
  2. Click on the “Clock” option below the “App Store” option.
  3. A screen showing “Set Watch Face Display Time Ahead” will pop up. Tap the “+0 min” option.
  4. Spin the Digital Crown to choose how many minutes ahead the time you want to display on the watch. After selecting your preferred timing, tap “Set”. You can only select up to 59 minutes.
  5. Exit the Settings app. Your Apple Watch will display the added minutes in local time.

How To Set Time Manually via iPhone

Before starting, make sure both your iPhone and Apple Watch are updated. This method will also require a stable Bluetooth connection.

  1. Go to your iPhone Home screen and select the Settings app. You can recognize it by its gear-shaped icon.
  2. Select “Privacy” > “Location Services” > “Apple Watch Face”.
  3. If the above steps don’t work, check your Bluetooth connection.
  4. Restart your devices. Press the side button and volume button on your iPhone. The power off interface will appear; slide to turn off your phone. 
  5. Go to Settings > “General” > “Date and Time”.
  6. Select a timezone or just toggle the “Set Automatically” option to green.


Time is a major part of our lives and a wrong time just means extra inconvenience. Apple Watch is an invaluable tool that should be used to its full potential. With the help of this mini-computer, you have the chance to stay connected anywhere in the world! We hope these tips and tricks will be practical and help you be more punctual!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do the notifications on Apple Watch show according to the display time?

The answer is no. As its name indicates, the display time shows up only on display. Since the time in your iPhone is the correct time, the notifications will show the correct timing instead of the display timings.

Is the “Set Automatically” option available anywhere, regardless of your region?

Unfortunately, no. The iPhone shows this option only in certain regions. Even if your region supports that option, your preferred carrier service might not. 

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