How to Enable Network Based Time in Android Marshmallow

You have the option of setting automatic or manual time and date on your Android Marshmallow phone. Selecting the manual option can give you some flexibility if your own habits, job, or preferences mandate an alternate time or date.

Unfortunately, using the manual time option in Android Marshmallow can have some adverse effects with apps and device features that connect to the Internet and rely on a time sync to either verify information or establish a connection.

If you are having problems with an app on your device and can’t seem to figure out what the problem might be, then consider following the steps below to enable network-based time on your Android Marshmallow phone and see if that adjustment resolves the issue you are experiencing.

How to Turn On Automatic Time for the Samsung Galaxy On5

These steps were performed on a Samsung Galaxy On5 in the Android Marshmallow operating system. By enabling this option you are allowing your time and date information to be set automatically by the device. This includes time zone changes and Daylight Savings Time updates.

Step 1: Touch the Apps folder.

android apps tray

Step 2: Select the Settings icon.

marshmallow settings icon

Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Date and time button.

android marshmallow date and time options

Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Automatic date and time. Note that this is going to cause the rest of the manual date and time options to disappear from the screen. Your screen should look like the one below when you have enabled network-based time on your Android phone.

how to set network based time android marshmallow

Now that you know how to enable network based time in Android Marshmallow, you can let the device take care of making sure that your time and date information is correct.

Do you have a limit on your monthly cellular data, and you have almost reached it? Learn how to turn off cellular data in Android Marshmallow so that your phone will only connect to the Internet when you are connected to Wi-Fi, which won’t use your monthly data.

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