How to Manually Change the Date and Time in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to manually change the date and time in Windows 11.

By default, Windows set the date and time automatically based on your time zone and country and region. Day light saving time (DST) is also set automatically based on the country and region you are in.

Allowing Windows to manage your system’s date and time automatically will ensure that your PC date and time are accurate as long as you have internet connection to time servers online.

With all that said, Windows also allows you to manage your system’s date and time manually. When you manually have to change and update your system’s date and time, you will have to do it every time there’s a change.

You must be signed in as an administrator and must turn off Set time automatically to be able to change the date and time manually.

Below is how to do that in Windows 11.

How to manually change system date and time in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows allows users to manage their system date and manually. If you don’t want Windows automatically setting the date and time, you can do it on your own.

Below is how to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. On Windows Settings app, click the Time & language on the left, then select the Date & time tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

On the System > Time & language > Date & time settings pane, toggle the switch button for Set time automatically to Off.

Once the Set time automatically is set to Off, you will then be able to manually set the date and time for all users.

Further down on the Date & time settings pane, locate the Set the date and time manually tile. Then click on the Change button.

On the pop-up window, you can change the date and time as shown below. When you are done, click the Change button to save.

That should do it! You can now close Windows settings app.


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