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Nozz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I just upgraded to the iPhone 4, and when I set the time to "automatic," it's off by 3-5 minutes. I've double checked multiple known time sources, and it's flat wrong. I've reset the phone multiple times as well and returned the settings to original OEM. Nothing.

I just set the time manually, but has anyone else had this issue?

Mac OS X (10.5.6), iMac G5 with iSight, eMac G4, 13" MacBook
  • 1. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    Joe Z in VA Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
    I've had that issue for a brief while. The cell tower times could have been off. Cell towers adjust your clock automatically as it has been with normal phones on Edge/3G. If the cell towers are off by a few seconds or minutes, it can offset your phone as it adjusts by the closest tower.
    Restored as a new iPhone may have fixed it.
  • 2. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    iRyGuy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The cell tower times being off would be my first guess, but when I have a iPhone 4 and a 3G sitting next to each other, the times are several minutes apart.

    You wouldn't think that the iPhone 4 would connect any differently than other phones to the network but, hey, what do I know?

    Any ideas?
  • 3. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    Omar12345 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Go to settings->General->Date & Time
    Turn off "set automatically"
    Set your time to something very different than current time
    Hit the home button
    Go back to settings->General->Date & Time
    Turn on "set automatically"

    Does is reset to the correct time?
  • 4. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    Nozz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I understand on cell towers determine your iPhone's time, but with 2 different iPhones (3G vs. 4), the iPhone 4 is off by 3-5 minutes.

    I tried the above "technique" but to no avail. Anyone else experience this?
  • 5. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    avanpelt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have this problem, as well. My old 3G matches all other devices I have in terms of time sync, but my iPhone 4 is off by at least 45 seconds. I don't think the towers are the source of this issue. Who knows when Apple will get around to addressing this issue? Perhaps the upcoming firmware update that's supposedly in the works will address the problem.
  • 6. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    GoninersGo Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Yeah its funny Because My girlfriend has the 3gs and when she sends me a text message if its been long enough above the message it will say the time she sent it and it will be ahead of the time on my phone on the time its like shes in the future and im in the past .
  • 7. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    Nozz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    How do I post an "issue" to Apple concerning the iPhone 4?
  • 8. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    Skytz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I, too, had this issue. After researching and trying many things (and going around several days with automatic adjustment turned off), I finally stumbled on a post where someone said to try a Network Reset. This appears to have fixed the issue for me.

    Settings->General->Reset->Reset Network Settings

    Hope it helps you as well! Good luck!
  • 9. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    Joey Burns Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I am in the DFW area and I am seeing this if I am on the 3G network. If I have 3G turned off my time is set correctly.
  • 10. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    Steve Sussman Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    This wouldn't be a big surprise. Some iPads also "lose time" when they go to sleep (a bug Apple has acknowledged) so it could be the same gremlin.

    SS
  • 11. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    otherchip Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am also in DFW and my iPhone 4 is consistently off by 4 minutes when set to automatic. My wife has an iPhone 3G that always keeps perfect time. When both iPhones are side by side, connected to the same tower on 3G, they always read 4 minutes apart. This is not a "losing time" issue -- the time is NEVER correct on the iPhone 4, and the amount of time the iPhone 4 is off by is constant. I have tried the network reset, as suggested here, but the iPhone 4 time is still off by 4 minutes.
  • 12. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    Nozz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This doesn't happen when it "sleeps." It's continuously off by 3-5 minutes. I'll try the 3G off method and see what that gives me, though that's not ideal.
  • 13. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    Steve Sussman Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Ok then consider it a feature. If you are running a few minutes late for something just whip out your iPhone and poof you're back on schedule.
  • 14. Re: iPhone 4 time off by 3-5 minutes
    Nozz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    4 minutes is exactly right. That's how much it's off. Sounds like a software fix. How do we tell apple?
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