Sunday, July 20, 2014

How To Switch To 24-Hour Time On iPhone and iPad - iOS Tips & Tricks


AM and PM is great. It's like night and day. It makes analog watches not seem broken for only going up to 12 in a day that consists of 24 hours.

But what of this, 24-Hour Time? Also commonly referred to as Military Time. iOS devices support both of these settings (AM/PM and 24-Hour Time). If you prefer to use 24-Hour Time, here's how to change the settings on your iPhone or iPad.

How to Switch iOS devices to 24-Hour Time:

1. Open the iOS 'Settings' App.
2. Next, scroll down to, and tap 'General'.
3. Then scroll down to, and tap 'Date & Time'.
4. Top option, '24-Hour Time', switch this to 'on' (or 'green').

And that's it! The AM/PM will disappear and your day will now go past 12!

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1 comment:

  1. As an American who never traveled outside the USA until recently, I thought 24-hour time was invented by the (American) military. Why else would it be called Military Time? I figured that everyday AM/PM usage was simply due to the fact that 12-hour analog clocks and watches are everywhere. Then several years ago when going through my PC's Control Panel I discovered the Regional Settings menu that allows you to change the default language (US English, UK English, etc.) or alter an individual parameter (like setting 24-h time while keeping US English). So I was wondering:

    (1) Why is 24-h the default format for UK English?
    (2) And why is there even a 24-h functionality in the first place? I thought only the military used it.

    Looked it up online, learned about 24-hour time usage outside military contexts and outside North America, and proceeded to change my PC, digital watch, and (years later) my new smartphone to the 24-hour format.

    "Military Time" is not really synonymous with the standard 24-hour system. True military time would be something like 0700 ("zero seven hundred") or 1300 ("thirteen hundred"), with no colon separating hours from minutes.


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