How to Fix Apple Watch Showing Wrong Time or Date

Even though the Apple Watch is a smart device, many of us often use it to tell time and check for the current date. Not to mention, with the built-in Wrist Raise feature, it’s as easy as raising your wrist to wake up the display without having to tap on the screen.

Usually, the automatic time change keeps the Apple Watch updated with the correct time, however, sometimes the Watch will need changing manually. If you are receiving the wrong time on your Apple Watch, these steps below will help resolve this problem.

Enabling Location Services

To turn ON location services, you will need your iPhone.

  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Find Privacy
  3. Tap on Location Services

Next check that Location Services is enabled; if this is disabled then you will need to enable the feature. Whilst on the Location Services page make sure to check that it is configured correctly with the Watch. To do so Tap on the Apple Watch Faces and verify this is set to ‘While Using the App’.

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The Location Services feature makes sure that your Apple Watch automatically adjusts to the right timezone that you’re in (based on the current location). If you’ve moved to a new place and the watch is showing the old time, it might be worth looking into this setting.

Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Without Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled, your Apple Watch won’t be able to function correctly. To activate these two features, all you need to do is:

  1. For Bluetooth, go to the Settings app > Bluetooth > Tap on the slider to make it green

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If you want to make sure the Bluetooth connection has been established between your iPhone and Apple Watch, just follow the guide below.

  1. On your Apple Watch, Swipe up on the Watch Face
  2. Swipe left or right until you locate Settings Glance
  3. On this page, you will be able to establish if either device is Connected or Disconnected
  4. You will also need to check if Airplane mode is disabled; this feature shouldn’t be on at this moment

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If you find that your iPhone or Apple Watch are not connected to one another, you might want to look at the steps below.

  1. Go back to the Bluetooth page (inside the Settings app on your iPhone).
  2. Check under the “My devices” section.
  3. You can connect them by tapping on your Apple Watch in the list of devices, and it should change from ‘Not Connected’ to ‘Connected.’

Last but not least, putting the changes into affect.

Restarting Both Devices

The changes you made above should lead your Apple Watch into displaying the correct timezone and date. However, if that still doesn’t work, it’s time to turn your devices off and turn them back on.

By restarting BOTH your Devices, you will usually find that the problem can resolve itself. It is the simplest fix and can save you plenty of time. To restart your Apple Watch and iPhone, follow the below steps:

For iPhone:

  1. Press the Power button until you see “Slide to power off”
  2. Drag it all the way to the right
  3. You can tell if it is now turned off by having no display
  4. Finally, Press and hold the same button (Sleep/Wake) until the Apple Logo appears

For your Apple Watch:

  1. Press and Hold the Side Button until you see the Power Off slider
  2. Drag the slider to turn off your Apple Watch completely.
  3. Press and hold the side button again to turn it back on

Your iPhone and Apple Watch should sync with one another now. With that being said, I see no reason why your watch can still display the wrong date and time at this moment.

If the problem still occurs, bring it to a nearby Apple Store.


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