12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 5:36 AM by K. Konishi
Derryl S Level 2 (195 points)
IPad has a manual time set in settings, but my pad has gained time.

Does iPad not sync with the time in my Mac or Apple server to have the accurate time setting? There is nothing in the iPad manual except how to set time manually, 12/24 time, and time zone.

If there is not a time sync, seems a liitle silly to ask the time zone if setting the time manually.

G4 1.8 Ghz dual Quicksilver/wifi iPad, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 1.12 GB ram, 1.33 TB storage on 2 internal, 2 extenal firewire, iPad
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)

    Try syncing the iPad to your computer like you normally would. See if that helps.

  • Derryl S Level 2 (195 points)
    I sync the iPad to my Mac at least once a day.

    I intentionally entered the wrong time on the iPad in Settings and it did not change when I synced

    It seems that the iPad doesn't set time with the Mac or the Apple servers.
  • David M Brewer Level 6 (9,365 points)
    If you have the wifi model you need to set the time manually.
  • David M Brewer Level 6 (9,365 points)
    The Emerald Time (free) app will tell you how far off the time is on the iPad. I use this app every week or so to reset (manually) the iPads time.


    The app gives you the correct time, the iPads time and how many seconds +-.

    Right now I'm 75 seconds off...
  • Derryl S Level 2 (195 points)
    Perhaps upcoming iOS versions will correct this shortcoming
  • slyguy_28 Level 2 (165 points)
    I just checked mine. It's about 27 seconds fast...
  • John the editor Level 1 (40 points)
    Same here, Emerald is showing an error of -312. I can't live with it being 6mins out so I guess I have to set manually at regular intervals.

    Very odd problem.

  • JimN Level 2 (255 points)
    I couldn't agree more. Having a network attached device such as an iPad, and not having the ability to periodically sync with any NTP server is just SOP - or at least should be. I'm surprised there isn't an App for that
  • Michael Morgan1 Level 7 (23,830 points)
    Should be SOP? Then make your feelings known via the iPad Feedback Form ( http://apple.com/feedback/ipad.html )

    If you have a 3G unit, just turn cellular ON for a moment. Once you see the bars appear you'll also see your time sync, and it will stay sync'ed as long as you have it on. Don't need a plan in place for this, just need to be able to see a cell tower.

    Once it's off, you're back to wifi and the built-in timer, which isn't that good but, also, doesn't seem to be uniformly bad, or bad to the exact same degree, for all people.
  • AstroMacMan Level 2 (295 points)

    This absolutely floored me!  I just discovered this today when my iPod Touch and iPad went off for the same alarm more than a minute apart!  I changed the iPad's time manually to match the IPT, but that's also wi-fi, so they're both probably off now! No wonder I've been outside waiting to watch the International Space Station go over and it hasn't appeared at the right time!  Those astro apps need a synching time option (some may have it, in fact)--or, provide an alert to users.


    Of course, what's really needed is for the iOS to fetch the time automatically on all I-devices!


    By the way, ISS viewing is spectacular.  It's done with the naked eye, and it is just amazing to watch this very bright "star" gracefully move across the sky.  Well worth doing--the ISS Visibility app is highly recommended.  Also, see heavens-above.com where you can also enter your location and get a list of upcoming passages and where in the sky the ISS will be.

  • smdelory Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the iPad I wi-fi. I also live in mexico. When not in "Set Automatically" mode the timezone is set to Mexico City, as it should be for my region. When I change the automatic mode to "on", the time zone changes to Chicago and, of course, with daylight savings time here in Mexico (as of today), I'm an hour off. (The US changed when daylight savings time occurs for them back in 2005)

  • K. Konishi Level 1 (0 points)

    Correct time for iPad


    First go to Settings / General / Date & Time


    If you live in the same time zone as Apple Headquarters you are in great shape. Just set the automatic time set on. If not get the EMERALD TIME APP in the APP store. This will tell you with  high accuracy how far off your iPad is.


    Now tern off the automatic time in settings and enter your city or time zone. Then enter the WRONG time (by one or two minutes). Then turn the automatic time set back on. If you are online your iPad will connect to Apple and set its internal clock. Now turn the automatic time off again and select your previously entered city.


    Finally, open the Emerald Time App again and confirm that your time is correct. Repeat this procedure as often as your needs require. As of this moment Emerald Time tells me that I am 0.163 seconds off. Dig it!