Manually set date and time | webOS Nation

Manually set date and time 2

by Adam Marks Mon, 23 Jan 2012 9:10 am EST

If your device is connected to a cellular carrier, the date and time should automatically get set based on information retrieved from that connection. However, if you are only connected go a Wi-Fi network or not connected to any network at all, there is a good chance that your device may "lose time" resulting in the date and time to no longer be correct. While this may sound like just an annoyance, it can actually affect how certain apps work, even preventing you from logging in or authorizing cloud services or email.

To manually set your date or time:

  • Not surprisingly, you just need to open up the "Date & Time" app on your phone or TouchPad and turn "Network time" to off.
  • Then, just set the date and time.
  • If you want to turn "Network time" back on, just flip the switch to "On". However, you may then need to cycle Airplane mode on and off to force the device to establish a network connection and reset the time.

If you want to force the device's time from continually sync, regardless of your network connection (although a Wi-Fi connection is required), you can download and run Clock Sync from the official App Catalog. This is a free app by content754 that is available for any webOS device that has App Catalog access.

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I had to do just that over a year ago when I spent about 2.5 months out of the country where only a GSM network was available. I was seeing this time drift so I followed this tip and set the time manually and all went well.

Recently though, I was on a cruise for 5 days (I know, so why would I complain!) and tried to do the same thing. My phone kept getting WAY off on time. I don't know what the problem was, but we couldn't rely on it as our alarm clock. Good thing I had a watch...only I never can remember the procedure of setting the alarm and turning it on/off on one of those 4 button watches!

I've had to set the date and time manually and it's not that hard. In fact, sometime's it's a better way to go.