How to advance the time on your Apple Watch

Set Clock Ahead Apple Watch 2

It’s a little strange to me, but some people prefer setting their watches a few minutes ahead in order to provide themselves with a mental buffer when it comes to the time. I’ve never totally understood this, but the basic psychology behind such a thing is that it makes it so that you’re always “ahead” from a timing standpoint.

One would think that such an ability would not be easily doable on Apple Watch, since the time is set automatically, but that isn’t the case. Apple has included a handy feature in the Apple Watch settings just for the folks that like to run a few minutes ahead.

How to set the time ahead on Apple Watch

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch

Step 2: Tap Time

Step 3: Tap the box under the Set Clock Face Display Time Ahead heading

Set Clock Ahead Apple Watch

Step 4: Use the Digital Crown to set your clock face display time ahead up to +59 minutes

Step 5: Tap the Set button to confirm your decision

Keep in mind that this setting has no bearing on alerts and notifications. These will still come in at the correct time. Only the main watch face time is affected. World clock times, alarms, etc. are not affected.

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