Change Date & Time preferences on Mac
Use Date & Time System Preferences to set or change the date and time on your Mac. When the date and time are correct, time stamps on emails, messages and files are accurate.
To change these preferences, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Date & Time .
Note: If the lock at the bottom left of a pane is locked , click it to unlock the preference pane.
Date & Time options
Set date and time automatically
Have the date and time on your Mac set automatically using a network time server. Click the pop-up menu, then choose the server that’s closest to you, or type the address of your network time server.
If your Mac isn’t connected to the internet, it connects when you choose this option.
The date automatically set on your Mac.
To manually set the date on your Mac, unselect the “Set date and time automatically” tick box, click a date on the calendar (or use the up and down arrows next to the date field), then click Save.
The time automatically set on your Mac.
To manually set the time on your Mac, unselect the “Set date and time automatically” tick box, drag the clock hands to show a time (or use the up and down arrows next to the time field), then click Save.
Time Zone options
Set time zone automatically using current location
Have the time zone on your Mac set automatically based on your current location.
Note: Location Services must be turned on in order to determine your current location. See Change Privacy preferences.
The location automatically set on your Mac.
To manually set the time zone on your Mac, unselect the “Set time zone automatically using current location” tick box, then click a location on the map. The location is confirmed in the Time Zone field; click the Closest City pop-up menu to select a different city, if available.
Your changes are applied the next time you restart your computer.
You can set options to customise how the time and date appear in the menu bar. See Change Dock & Menu Bar preferences.
To choose the formats used to show dates and times in other languages on your Mac, see Change how dates, times and more display on Mac.
Tip: Click the date and time in the menu bar to open Notification Centre. See Use Notification Centre.