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How To Fix IPhone 5c Showing Incorrect Time

In the last few years, mobile devices evolved, and today, they make our life a lot easier. We can take photos, use all kinds of apps, send and receive emails, etc. Phones show us the time as well, which is why the situation in which the clock is showing incorrect time can be extremely irritating. If you have this problem with your iPhone 5c, you’re not alone, because other users experienced the same issue. We gave our best to help you out, with several ways to fix iPhone 5c showing incorrect time. Check them out, and try the solutions. We hope you’ll find them useful.

See also: 5 Ways To Fix Unresponsive Camera App On IPhone 5c

Ways to fix iPhone 5c showing incorrect time

 iPhone 5c Showing Incorrect Time
Source: wired.com

 

Solution No.1: Date & Time – toggle “Set Automatically”

The first thing you should try is this: tap on Settings > General > Date & Time, turn off/on the option Set Automatically. We know it’s simple, but be sure it’s effective.

set automatically iPhone steps

Solution No.2: Set the time, Location Services, Airplane mode On/Off

  • Navigate to Settings > Date & Time > Set The Time > ON (if it is turned on, turn it off, wait for a couple of seconds and turn it back on)
  • Go to Settings > Privacy > Location services > ON (if it is turned on, turn it off, wait for a few seconds and turn it on)
  • Navigate to Settings, turn the Airplane mode ON and turn it off after 10 seconds.

Toggle Airplane mode

Solution No.3: Force an app to close

If you are using some of the clock apps available for download in the App Store, it may be the reason why the bug occurred. Tap on the home button two times, and find the clock app among the apps you have been using lately. Swipe up and close it.

 

Solution No.4: Restart your iPhone 5c

Press and hold the sleep/wake button. When you see the slider, drag it to power off. Once your iPhone 5c is off, again press the same button and turn it on.

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Solution No.5: Update iOS

Updating iOS is always a good idea, and many users solved the issue by doing this. You can do it wirelessly. Connect to a Wi-Fi network, go to Settings > General > Software Update and then tap Download and Install.

Update the Software steps

What else?

All these ways to fix iPhone 5c showing incorrect time are simple and some users were able to get rid of the issue. If your device still shows incorrect time, try the solutions below. If they don’t work, visit one of the Apple Stores.

 

A third-party app is causing the problem

Even though most of the third-party apps work great, there are some applications that are poorly coded and once installed, such apps can cause some issues. If you recently installed a new app and your device started to show incorrect time, delete that application. Go to the Home screen, find the app’s icon, tap and hold it and when an X shows up, click on it and delete the app.

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Erase all content and settings

If nothing else works, backup your files and erase all content and settings. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings, enter your passcode, and tap Erase iPhone to confirm your action. Once this is completed, set up your iPhone as a new device.

erase all content and settings

 

Restore your iPhone to factory settings using iTunes

If nothing works, you may want to restore your iPhone to factory settings using iTunes. This will delete everything, including the firmware, so don’t forget to backup your data. Also, make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes
  • In the Summary panel, click Restore iPhone
  • Click Restore to confirm your action
  • When the restoring process is completed, set up your iPhone as a new device.

Restore iPhone using iTunes

 

This problem seems to be bothering only iPhone 5c users. If you have tried all the solutions we have listed here, and nothing works, contact Apple or visit one of their stores.

26 comments
  1. I finally updated the iOS and the problem is even worse now. Used to be I could toggle airplane mode and then back to normal, and the correct time would reset. That no longer works, and even restarting my phone, I get the wrong time. I cannot believe Apple would have ignored this for so long. I’m switching to Droid.

    1. So many people are still complaining about this problem, but no, Apple didn’t provide the solution. Did you try to erase all content and settings? Probably yes, but that’s the only thing I can suggest.

      1. I did, but thank you for mentioning it. Honestly, my best bet (to hold me over until I get my new phone) would be to undo the upgrade, which I don’t think is possible. In the meantime it’s permanently 3:46 p.m. on my phone, and I’m not receiving most of my texts.

        1. If you have iOS 9.3 I think that you still can downgrade to iOS 9.2.1. I’ve listed all the possible solutions that worked for some users, and have no idea what else to suggest. So annoying! Have you contacted Apple or your carrier?

          1. I have, multiple times. Genius bar did nothing to diagnose it, and then it was out of warranty. Luckily I’m due to re-up my contract ,so I can get a new phone.

          2. It’s just nice to know I wasn’t the only one with this problem. Thanks for your suggestions!

  2. I took my phone to a UK Apple Store, they couldn’t fix the problem. Because it was out of warranty they could not give me a replacement. However UK consumer law gives buyers the right to expect some kind of compensation if the item does not perform satisfactorily within 6 years. For this reason, they offered me another iPhone 5C for £100 (reduced from £200 with a little bargaining).

    Bottom line, if you’re based in the UK, you have rights!!

  3. I have tried all of these suggestions and none of them work. The clock showed the correct time for 1-2 days after an iOS update, then it stopped working again. When I set the time manually, it starts lagging behind the actual time. Even in the clock app under World Time, the time it shows for other locations is also skewed.

    1. Try this:
      Go to Settings > Date & Time > Set The Time > ON (in case it is turned on, you should turn it off, wait for a few seconds and turn it back on.
      Again, go to Settings > Privacy > Location services > ON (in case it is turned on, turn it off, wait for a few seconds and turn it back on.
      Now, navigate to Settings, turn the Airplane mode ON, and after 10 seconds turn it off again.

          1. It did not work. Apparently this is an issue inherent in the iPhone 5c, so I’ll be getting a new phone soon. Thanks for your help.

          2. Yeah, the problem that occurs only on iPhone 5c. Many people had the same issue, and those who turned to Apple got the response it is a software issue, but still there is no patch for it. You’re welcome.

          3. I’ve been told by an Apple friend that it’s a hardware issue, but it does seem like a software one, since the clock works fine when my screen is turned on, and there are no issues with the stopwatch either. Very strange.

  4. None of these work for me, not any other solutions proposed elsewhere. My iphone 5c has had this problem for a while and since it is post warranty…grrr. Any simple search online will reveal that this is a very common problem and Apple is deliberately ignoring it. This is my first Apple product, was kind of excited, yet this issue and the response from apple has soured my experience.

  5. iPhone 5c many have this problem has no solution. You should replace the equipment. Apple has not recognized it as a problem, but I’ve seen dozens of cases. Apple replaces the equipment if it is under warranty, but it is a problem that only occurs in the 5C.

  6. iPhone 5c many have this problem has no solution. You should replace the equipment. Apple has not recognized it as a problem, but I’ve seen dozens of cases. Apple replaces the equipment if it is under warranty, but it is a problem that only occurs in the 5C.

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