How to change date and time on iPhone or iPad in iOS 16

The time and date are two important components of the iPhone display that we frequently glance at. Some iPhone apps may not work due to issues with incorrect date or time formats, which are relatively common. I’ll demonstrate how to change the date and time on your iPhone and iPad in this post.

How to manually change the time and date on iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to General → Date & Time.
  3. Toggle off Set Automatically.

    Turn off Set Automatically Date and Time on iPhone
  4. Now, set the date and time manually.

    Manually change time and date on iPhone or iPad
    • Tap Time Zone and select the city.
    • Then set the date and time at the bottom of the card.
    • Additionally, you can also toggle on the button next to 24-Hour Time.

Note: The 24-hours option isn’t available in all countries or regions.

How to automatically update Time Zone on iPhone

You don’t want to deal with the hassle of manually changing the date and time as you move across the world, do you? You can use the methods shown below to have the date and time automatically change to reflect your new location.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Head to Privacy & Security.
  3. Select Location Services → Toggle on Location Services.

    Turn ON location services on iPhone
  4. Scroll down and tap System Services.
  5. Ensure that Setting Time Zone is toggled on.

    Turn ON Settings Time Zone on iPhone
  6. Go back to the main Settings Page.
  7. Tap General → Date & Time.
  8. Toggle on Set Automatically.

    Automatically update Time Zone on iPhone

Why can’t I change the date and time on my iPhone?

There could be various reasons why you might not be to change the Set Automatically information on your iPhone or iPad. Some of the most prominent reasons are below:

  • Screen Time is turned on: Screen Time is meant to prevent users from crossing time limitations set manually by adjusting the date and time settings. If you wish to modify the date and time, you must either disable Screen Time or wait until the time restriction is reached.
  • Service provider: All carriers do not support the automatic time and date setting. You can fix this by updating your carrier settings or contacting your phone service provider.
  • Location Services settings: Check if your Location Services settings are disabled. If yes, then that might interfere with automatically adjusting the date and time.
  • Policy for Device Management: If you obtained your iPhone from your workplace, the IT administrator might have programmed your device to prohibit you from adjusting the date and time.
  • Availability in your region: This feature is not presently accessible in all countries and regions and could be the reason why you can’t automatically set the date and time on your iPhone.


Q. How do I change the date of a photo on my iPhone?

You don’t need third-party software to modify the timestamp on your iPhone images. Check out our post to learn how to change the date and time of photographs and videos on your iPhone.

What’s the time? 

On your iPhone, the time and date must be accurate. I sincerely hope that my post was able to assist you in fixing the date and time issue. Please post any inquiries you may have in the comments section, and I will do my best to respond.


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