How to Change Time on Apple Watch

November 23, 2023
David Sunnyside

Apple Watch is a versatile and powerful smartwatch that can track your heart rate, monitor your activity level, attend calls and text messages, and much more. But sometimes it can be a little confusing, especially when you have to manually change your watch’s time. This article is designed to teach you how to do just that.

Most of the time, your Apple Watch automatically synchronizes its time with the iPhone to which it is paired. This happens when the iPhone is updated or changes its time zone and is a great feature for people who travel and cross multiple time zones regularly.

But the thing is, that you might not always want your watch to sync with your iPhone. It might be your child’s or a family member’s watch that is set up through Family Sharing and you would like to be able to change the time on it independently of the iPhone.

In such cases, you can use the “Set Automatically” setting on your iPhone to disable syncing of the time between the phone and the Apple Watch. Then you can set the time zone on your watch manually by following the instructions below.

To be able to change the time on your Apple Watch, you need to have your paired iPhone nearby and be within 33 feet of it. Moreover, the iPhone must be running iOS 8 or later and must be connected via Bluetooth. Then, go to the Settings app on your iPhone and scroll down until you find the General option.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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