Time on mac is wrong: How to change time on Macbook

Usually the time on a Macbook is pretty reliable and accurate to the second.

Though, some users find that this isn’t always the case, and the time on their Mac isn’t what it should be. Here’s why that may happen, and what you can do to resolve it.

Why is the time on my mac wrong?

There are several reasons why the time on your Mac might be incorrect. The most common reasons are:

  1. Time Zone Settings: If your Mac is set to the wrong time zone, the displayed time will be inaccurate. This often happens when you travel to a different time zone and your Mac doesn’t update automatically.
  2. Daylight Saving Time Adjustments: Sometimes, Macs fail to automatically adjust for daylight saving time changes. This can lead to an hour’s difference in time.
  3. Network Time Sync Issues: If your Mac is set to synchronize time with Apple’s time servers and there’s a network issue, it might display the wrong time.
  4. Battery or Hardware Issues: Macs, especially older models, rely on an internal battery (not the main battery) to keep track of time when powered off.
  5. System Software Glitches: Occasionally, software bugs or glitches in the operating system can cause issues with time display.

Most of these reasons are easily fixed by going into your Settings and ensuring that everything is set up properly.

How to Change Time on Mac

Adjusting the time on your Mac is a straightforward enough process to follow.

To begin changing the time on your Mac, you first need to access the Date & Time settings. First, go into System Settings in your Apple menu bar.


Next, click General on the left hand side of the menu, and then click into the Date & Time option.


Once you’re in Date & Time, you’ll see that you have the ability to make many changes to your time settings.


This includes;

  • Setting Time Automatically – For most users, setting the time automatically is the most convenient option. To enable this, ensure that the ‘Set date and time automatically’ checkbox is selected.
  • Manual Time Adjustment – If you prefer to set the time manually, uncheck the ‘Set date and time automatically’ option. You can then click on the current date and time displayed and adjust it to your preference.
  • Adjust Time Zone – Changing the time zone on your Mac is crucial when traveling. In the ‘Date & Time’ settings, switch to the ‘Time Zone’ tab.

In conclusion, changing the time on your Mac is a simple process. By following these steps, you can ensure that your Mac always displays the correct time, no matter where you are.


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