Is the date on your iPhone incorrect, or are you in a situation where you need your iPhone to show a different date, either in the future or the past? This may seem like a difficult problem to resolve, as you are likely accustomed to the iPhone adjusting the date and time automatically, but it is possible for you to edit the date manually.
Our guide below will show you the setting that you need to turn off so that you can switch the date on your iPhone to any date of your choosing.
Changing the Date in iOS 9
Device used: iPhone 6 Plus
Software version: iOS 9.2
The steps in this guide will show you how to turn on manual date and time control, as most iPhones are configured to have their date and time update automatically. This means that you will need to manually adjust the time when you switch time zones, or when daylight savings time occurs. If you find the manual method of setting the date and time to be tedious, then you can always return to the Date and Time menu from the steps below and re-enable the automatic date and time controls.
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- Open the Settings menu.
- Scroll down and select the General option.
- Scroll down and select the Date & Time option.
- Tap the button to the right of Set Automatically to turn it off.
- Tap the blue date button.
- Move the scroll wheel until the date that you wish to set is selected. You can then press the Home button below the screen or the blue General button at the top-left of the screen to exit this menu.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.