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Set or change the date and time on your iPad

Your iPad will automatically use the date and time (and time zone) of the computer (Mac or Windows PC) on which you activated it the first time, if you ever did. But, like time zone, the date and the time can be changed whenever you like, especially useful if you are traveling to a different place: this allows you to have your iPad display local time:

  • Click on the iPad Home button Click on the "Home" button, and flick through Home screens until you find the "Settings" icon: then tap on it.
  • Once the iPad Settings screen loads, tap on the "General" settings on the left (should be automatically selected).
  • Then, in the fifth block of preferences, tap on "Date & Time" button.

  • The last option displayed in that screen is the "Set Date & Time" button: tap on it.
  • Your iPad display a popup with the current date on one button and the current time on another, right below it.
  • To change the date, tap on the date button, and pick a month, date, and year from each of the scrolling dials, as shown on the screenshot below: (notice that the Date button is selected, in blue background).

    Change the date and time on your iPad
  • Once done, tap on the Time button below the date, and choose the current hours and minutes. This updates the iPad's clock in real time (see top of screen).
  • After you have finished changing the date and/or time on your iPad, simply tap anywhere else on screen to close the date and time popup. You can now click on the Home button to resume your previous activity.

Tip: keep in mind that any file you save or change will use the timestamp of the date and time currently on your iPad. This means that if you change the time backwards later on (make it earlier than it was, as happens when you are traveling westwards across time zones), a file may appear has having been created in the future! This is normal, but just keep it in mind.

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Unless noted otherwise, these free iPad tutorials apply to Wi-Fi model and iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models, and updated to cover iOS 4.

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