How to Change the Date and Time on Windows 11

Windows automatically displays the correct date and time by connecting to the internet. This feature is enabled by default.

Sometimes, however, the date or time presented might be wrong due to a bug or an error in the syncing. Or you might want to change the time yourself manually. This guide shows you how you can do so on Windows 11.

Change the date and time from the Windows Tray

The quickest and most accessible way to change the time on Windows 11 is through the clock presented on the tray. That’s the area on the far right of the taskbar.

  1. Right-click on the clock presented on the tray. Choose to Adjust date and time from the menu that pops up.

    Change Time on Windows 11 From the Tray
    Windows 11’s Adjust date and time tray option.
  2. The Date & Time window will show up. If the time is wrong and the Set time automatically toggle is off, enabling it allows Windows 11 to synchronize the time value with Internet servers. If it’s already On, and you want to tweak the time manually, make sure it’s turned Off.

    Change Time on Windows 11 Date and Time Auto
    Windows 11’s option to synchronize time automatically with Internet servers.
  3. Disabling Set time automatically, as we saw in the previous step, will enable the Set the date and time manually option. Click on the Change button on its right to adjust the time manually.

    Change Time on Windows 11 Date and Time Manual Change
    Choosing to set the date and time manually on Windows 11.
  4. Adjust the date and time from the Change date and time window that shows up. Then, click on Change to apply the new values.

    Change Time on Windows 11 Change Date and Time Window
    Adjusting the date and time on Windows 11.

Change the date and time from Settings

Time-related settings can also be found through the main Settings menu.

  1. Click on the start button and click on Settings. If it isn’t visible or pinned, search for it by typing its name.

    Change Time on Windows 11 From Start Menu Settings
    Seeking the Settings entry on Windows 11’s Start menu.
  2. The main Settings window will show up on your screen. You’ll be on the System page by default. Select Time & language from the menu on the left.

    Change Time on Windows 11 Settings Window System Tab
    Locating Time & Language options in Windows 11’s Settings window.
  3. Time & language offers four groups of further options. Select the first one, Date & time.

    Change Time on Windows 11 Settings Window Time and Language
    Adjust the Date & time in Windows 11’s Settings.
  4. You’ll find yourself in the same Date & time window we saw when changing the time from the tray. You can refer to the previous section on how to proceed from here.

    Change Time on Windows 11 Settings Date and Time
    Time & language – Date & time options page in Windows 11’s Settings.

Synchronize the date and time with internet servers

Did you enable automatic synchronization, but the presented time’s still off? You can try forcing a manual synchronization.

  1. Visit the Date & time settings page using one of the methods above. Make sure you flick Set time automatically to On.

    Change Time on Windows 11 Settings Date and Time Auto On
    Changing automatic time syncing on Windows 11.
  2. Scroll down to find the Additional settings section. Click on the Sync now button.

    Change Time on Windows 11 Settings Date and Time Sync Now
    Forcing a time synchronization with Internet time servers on Windows 11.

Change the date and time using PowerShell

PowerShell is an all-powerful alternative to the classic Windows terminal. However, you can also use it for simple tasks, like changing the date and time.

  1. Go to Windows Search, and search for “powershell”. Run the app as an administrator.

    Change Time on Windows 11 Run Powershell
    Running PowerShell with elevated rights on Windows 11.
  2. Use the command
    Set-Date -Date "DATE TIME"

    to adjust the time as you wish. Note that you must enclose the date and time in quotation marks. As an example, the precise syntax for setting the date to 05-05-2022 and the time to 02:15 would be:

    Set-Date -Date "05/05/2022 02:15"
    Change Time on Windows 11 PowerShell Set Date Command
    Adjust the date and time in PowerShell with the Set-Date command.

    If the command is correct, PowerShell will report the new date and time values before prompting you for further input.

    Change Time on Windows 11 PowerShell Changed Time
    PowerShell updating user on changed date & time values.

Changing the date and time using Command Prompt

Like PowerShell, you can also use the Command Prompt to change the time. However, the process is different. You have to use two separate commands.

  1. Search for the Command Prompt (or “cmd” for short) using Windows Search. Make sure you run it as an administrator.

    Change Time on Windows 11 Run CMD as Admin
    Running the Terminal (cmd) with elevated rights on Windows 11.
  2. Use the pretty straightforward command
    date 05/05/2022

    to, as you probably guessed, change the date to 05/05/2022. Feel free to swap the one we used for any date you wish.

    Change Time on Windows 11 CMD Date
    Use the Date command in the Windows 11 Terminal to adjust the current date.
  3. Changing the time is almost the same process. Use the command time followed by the value you wish. For example, typing
    time 02:15

    will, as the command states, set the time to 02:15.

    Change Time on Windows 11 CMD Time
    Adjusting the time value with the Time command in Windows 11’s Terminal.

Time matters!

There are many ways to change the time on Windows 11, and they’re all relatively straightforward. Your choice depends on whether you prefer working with the general user interface or using commands to set new values manually.

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