Why Is My iPhone 7 Showing the Wrong Time?

Your iPhone can update the time as you switch time zones or when Daylight Savings Time occurs. Ideally, this will happen automatically, ensuring that you aren’t inadvertently operating on the wrong schedule.

But you may have enabled the manual mode on the iPhone’s clock or disabled location-based time zone settings while making some other adjustment to your iPhone. This could lead to a situation where the time being displayed on your iPhone is incorrect.

Our guide below will show you how to find and enable both of these settings so that you can stop your iPhone from displaying the wrong time.

For additional discussion on iPhone time, date, and time zone settings, check out our iPhone change time zone automatically article.

How to Enable Automatic Time Updates on the iPhone 7

The steps below were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.1. Note that this is not going to update any pre-existing timestamps on text messages.

If your iPhone had previously been showing a time or date in the future, then this can create odd results with your text messages. You might need to delete some conversations if it is problematic.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.

select the general option

Step 3: Scroll down and tap on Date & Time.

open the date and time menu

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Set Automatically.

why your iPhone isn't displaying the correct time

If the time zone being displayed is incorrect, then you might have disabled the Time Zone option in Location Services. You can follow the steps below to re-enable that setting.

How to Allow Your iPhone 7’s Location Services to Update Your Time Zone

Step 1: Tap the Settings menu.

tap the settings icon

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Privacy option.

open the privacy menu

Step 3: Select Location Services at the top of the screen.

open the location services menu

Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap the System Services option.

select the system services option

Step 5: Tap the button to the right of Setting Time Zone to turn it on.

how to get your iPhone to update the time zone automatically

Do you often see the GPS arrow at the top of your iPhone screen and wonder what app is causing it? Find out more about that tiny arrow on your iPhone so that you can determine which apps are using your location.

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