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How to Fix Windows 11 Displaying Time Wrong

If your Windows 11 computer is showing the time wrong, it can cause a lot of problems and even stop you from connecting to the internet. In fact, some applications refuse to open or function when the system shows the incorrect date and time.

The good thing is, Windows 11 lets you correct the out-of-sync clock and make it display the correct time and date on the taskbar, calendar, and anywhere else. This guide shows you how.

Reasons for Windows 11 showing wrong time

Here are the most common reasons why Windows 11 is displaying the wrong time:

  • Incorrect time zone setting.
  • Problem with internet time synchronization.
  • Issues with Windows updates.
  • Incorrect Daylight Saving Time (DST) settings.
  • Wrong time in BIOS/UEFI
  • CMOS battery issues: A failing or depleted CMOS battery on the motherboard can stop your system from keeping track of the time.

Fix Windows 11 displaying time wrong issue

To fix Windows 11 displaying time wrong and make it show the correct time, use the steps below:

  1. Start Windows.
  2. Launch the Settings app (Windows key + I).
  3. Navigate to Time & Language tab on the sidebar.
  4. Click/tap on the Date & Time option.
  5. Disable the Set time automatically option.
  6. Click on Change next to Set the date and time manually.
  7. Set the date and time manually using the dropdown menus.
  8. Press the Change button to confirm the new date and time.
  9. This will fix the incorrect time on Windows 11.
click change to set new time and date and fix wrong time in Windows 11

Optionally, you can also change the time zone in Windows 11 if it is set incorrectly.

Sync Windows 11 clock with the internet

Another option to fix the wrong clock in Windows 11 is to force sync time with the internet (Windows time server). You can do it from the Settings app. This method not only corrects the wrong time but also sets the accurate time down to the second in Windows 11.

Here’s how to sync Windows 11 clock with the internet to fix the wrong time:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search and launch the Settings app.
  3. Go to the Time & Language page.
  4. Click on the Date & Time option on the right pane.
  5. Press the Sync now button under Additional settings.
sync time with internet in Windows 11

That is it. Following the steps shared above will fix the Windows 11 incorrect date and time problem and the system should now show the correct time on the taskbar, calendar, settings app, and in any other application.

I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.

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