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How to change the date and time on your Nintendo Switch

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Nintendo Switch (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

If there's anything about life that's certain, it's that time marches on, and believe it or not, it does affect how you play your Switch. Sometimes little things can change the time on your Nintendo Switch, but don't worry! It's easy to change the date and time. Whether you've moved to a new area with a different timezone or you simply don't want to wait around for another day to pass in time-based games like Cozy Grove, it just takes a few button clicks within the Switch settings menu.

The Nintendo Switch is very easy to use. So whether you need to change things for legitimate reasons or just want to get ahead in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, here's what to do.

How to change the date and time on your Nintendo Switch

  1. On the Home Menu, head to the System Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the System option.Source: iMore

How to change the date and time on your Nintendo Switch step 1 On the Home Menu, head to the System Settings (Image credit: iMore)

How to change the date and time on your Nintendo Switch step 2 Scroll down to the **System** option. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select Date and Time.
  2. Here, you have two options: You can Synchronize Clock via Internet or adjust the time manually.Source: iMore

How to change the date and time on your Nintendo Switch step 3 Select Date and Time (Image credit: iMore)

How to change the date and time on your Nintendo Switch step 4 Here, you have two options: You can Synchronize Clock via Internet or adjust the time manually (Image credit: iMore)
  1. If you turn the Synchronize Clock off, you can adjust time manually.
  2. If you keep the Synchronize Clock on, you adjust the time by changing the Time Zone.Source: iMore

How to change the date and time on your Nintendo Switch step 5 If you turn the Synchronize Clock off, you can adjust time manually (Image credit: iMore)

How to change the date and time on your Nintendo Switch step 6 If you keep the Synchronize Clock on, you adjust the time by changing the Time Zone (Image credit: iMore)

There's nothing more to it. Now you can go about your business playing the best Switch games you want with the time and date that you want. Feel free to come back and change things again whenever you'd like.

Master of time

It's kind of strange when you realize that your gaming system isn't on the right date or time. This can happen if you left the Switch off for too long or if you moved somewhere with a completely different timezone. Whatever your reason for changing the date and time, the Switch makes it incredibly easy to do so.

Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.