Android Date And Time Settings HeroSource: Joe Maring / Android Central

Most of us depend on our phones to keep track of the time. Whether you need to use it as an alarm, timer, or just want to have a look and see what time it is, our phone has become the de facto watch of the 21st century. As such, it's that much more annoying when the time on it gets messed up. If your Android phone is showing the incorrect time, here are a few tips on how to fix it and get your life back on schedule.

The following screenshots and steps were done on a Google Pixel 4 XL running Android 10. Some UI elements might look different depending on the phone you have, but the core flow of everything should be mostly the same.

How to manually set your phone's time

By default, your phone picks up the time automatically based on its cellular/Wi-Fi connection. This usually works perfectly fine, but for a multitude of reasons, it is possible to trip it up now and then.

Should that happen, it's very easy to turn this automatic detection off and just set the time manually.

  1. Open the Settings on your phone.
  2. Scroll down and tap System.
  3. Tap Date & time.

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  4. Tap the toggle next to Use network-provided time to disable the automatic time.
  5. Tap Time and set it to the correct time.
  6. Tap OK.

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How to fix your phone's automatic time detection

Setting the time manually might be the best solution for some people, but when it comes time to deal with Daylight Savings, that means you'll have yet another clock to adjust. Automatic time is just more convenient, and if you want to keep it that way, here's a quick fix that's worth trying.

  1. Open the Settings on your phone.
  2. Scroll down and tap System.
  3. Tap Date & time.

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  4. Tap the toggle next to Use network-provided time to disable the automatic time.
  5. Tap that same toggle again to re-enable it.

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You know how there's a joke about turning a computer off and turning it back on to fix all of your problems? That's basically what we're doing here. Your Android phone's automatic time detection is usually spot-on, but if it does happen to goof, resetting it like this may be all you need to do.

How to change your time zone

If you're someone that does a lot of traveling or happens to leave near the edge of a time zone, this might also cause issues with the time on your Android phone. Time zones are interesting beasts, but just like the time itself, adjusting these on your phone can be done with just a few taps.

  1. Open the Settings on your phone.
  2. Scroll down and tap System.
  3. Tap Date & time.

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  4. Tap the toggle next to Use network-provided time zone.
  5. Tap Time zone.
  6. Tap Region and/or Time zone depending on which one you need to change.

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When the Use network-provided time zone toggle is enabled, your phone should automatically switch to new time zones on its own without you having to lift a finger. If this doesn't work for whatever reason, the above steps are a quick and easy way to get things straightened out on your own.

Also, if you don't want to manually change the time zone every time you enter a new one, try disabling and re-enabling that toggle to reset its automatic detection.

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