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.
Date & Time options
Set date and time automatically
Select the tickbox to 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.
To use the calendar to manually set the date on your Mac, deselect the “Set date and time automatically” tickbox, click today’s date on the calendar (or use the up and down arrows next to the date field), then click Save.
To use the clock to manually set the time on your Mac, deselect the “Set date and time automatically” tickbox, drag the clock hands to show the correct 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
Select the tickbox to have the time zone on your Mac set automatically based on your current location.
To use the map to manually set the time zone on your Mac, deselect the “Set time zone automatically using current location” tickbox, 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.
Show date and time in menu bar
Select the tickbox to show the date and time in the top-right corner of the menu bar.
You can specify how you want the date and time to appear.
Announce the time
Select the tickbox to hear the time announced, then choose when you want it announced. You can also customise the voice.