iPhone StandBy shows wrong time/city: Here's the solution!

With the upgrade to iOS 17 you can now use the standby function on the Apple iPhone. This means that an overview of time, weather and possibly other data and widgets is displayed on the iPhone display when it is oriented horizontally when charging. But when you use iPhone StandBy for the first time, you may immediately notice that the wrong time or the wrong time zone and city are displayed. For me, for example, B. the Californian city Cupertino (CUP) and their time are displayed even though I am in Germany. You can read here what solution I found when the iPhone standby clock goes wrong.

After I installed iOS 17 on the iPhone, I had to try StandBy straight away. But Cupertino was chosen as the city for the watch. You can find out how you can set the right time for iPhone StandBy here. CUP iPhone Meaning
After I installed iOS 17 on the iPhone, I had to try StandBy straight away. But Cupertino was chosen as the city for the watch. You can find out how you can set the right time for iPhone StandBy here.

iPhone StandBy: Change time zone to display the correct time

To change the time that the iPhone display shows in standby mode, you don't have to adjust anything in the settings. I tried that and nothing helped. Instead, the city as the starting point of the time to be displayed must be adjusted directly via the standby screen. And it's actually quite easy:

  1. Hold your finger on the clock until the widget overview opens
  2. Go to the clock widget in the list and tap it
  3. Tap the specified city (for me, Cupertino, USA).
  4. Search for your own city or time zone in the search field and tap the result
  5. Tap next to the overview with the new city and select “Done” at the top right

Attention: Apparently a new method for iOS 17 and newer!

I just tried the procedure on my iPhone 15 Pro Max with iOS 17 and I couldn't get any further in the widget view. The reason for this is that you have to add a “clock widget” and then scroll far to the right in the list of different clock types that appears below until you end up at “clock + city”. Only with these clock widgets can you define a city with a suitable time.

Keep your finger on the clock. In order for the widget overview to open, you may have to unlock your iPhone first.
Keep your finger on the clock. In order for the widget overview to open, you may have to unlock your iPhone first.
Then select the clock widget.
Then select the clock widget.
To set the iPhone standby time, tap the wrong city. iPhone watch CUP meaning
To set the iPhone standby time, tap the wrong city.
Enter the correct city/time zone using the keyboard and then select the appropriate option from the search results.
Enter the correct city/time zone using the keyboard and then select the appropriate option from the search results.
Once you have set the correct time zone for the iPhone StandBy clock, tap the display next to the widget detail.
Once you have set the correct time zone for the iPhone StandBy clock, tap the display next to the widget detail.
Finish configuring the clock widget by tapping “Done”.
Finish configuring the clock widget by tapping “Done”.
As you can see, it's not a problem if iPhone StandBy shows the wrong time. You can quickly correct the error with the solution shown :)
As you can see, it's not a problem if iPhone StandBy shows the wrong time. You can quickly correct the error with the solution shown :)

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15 comments on “iPhone StandBy shows wrong time/city: Here’s the solution!”

  1. Hi,
    I'm too stupid to change that.

    If I tap the clock while on standby, the iPhone wants to be unlocked.

    I tap on the arrow at the top right. This is how the world clock opens

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hello Toddy! I don't know exactly where you hang. But I tried it out with the latest iOS and iPhone 15 Pro Max and it works. Tap and the arrow appears. And tap there and I can select the location from the world clock list. Do you also have it plugged in and which iOS/iPhone do you have? LG, Jens

      1. Hi Jens,
        iPhone 12
        iOS 17-2

        After clicking on the arrow, the world clock opens, where I already have some places. But clicking doesn't work and selecting doesn't work.

    2. Ok, now I have it: You hold the watch with your finger as described above. Then you come to the widget display and you can also add new widgets here. If you choose “Clock” as the widget, you can swipe back and forth at the bottom and select other clocks and if you are further to the right in the list, “Clock + City” widgets appear. These are clocks for which you can also specify a city. I hope this helps you!

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