The clock on your PC or Mac doesn’t just tell you the time. The clock is used to record when you create or modify files as well as for validation purposes when you log into websites such as our Admin portals. With your computer set to an incorrect date or time by just a few minutes could be the difference between being able to log into our Admin portals or not! The following instructions will walk you through the steps to synchronize your computer's date and time automatically.
Synchronize the Date & Time on your Windows PC Automatically
The easiest way to synchronize your clock is to use Windows 10’s settings.
Open the Start menu and click Settings.
Then, click Time & Language on the Settings dialog box.
Scroll down to the Related settings section and click Additional date, time, & regional settings.
Click the Internet Time tab on the Date and Time dialog box. Then, click Change settings.
On the Internet Time Settings dialog box, check the Synchronize with an Internet time server box.
Then, select a Server from the drop-down list. If you don’t see a server you want to use, you can type the name of an Internet time server. You can find links to lists of time servers on Microsoft’s site.
Click Update now.
If you get an error, keep trying to sync. You may have to select a different server, sync, and then select the server you want and try syncing again.
A message displays on the Internet Time Settings dialog box when the clock is successfully synced.
If your PC’s time or date is off by too much, you may get an error when trying to sync. If that’s the case, you can go back to the Date and Time dialog box, click the Date and Time tab, and set the time and date to close to the current time and date. Then, click Change settings on the Internet Time tab and try syncing the clock again on the Internet Time Settings dialog box.
Synchronize the Date & Time on your Apple Mac computer Automatically
The easiest way to sync the clock on your Mac is via System Preferences which can be accessed by clicking on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your computer screen.
Locate and click on Date & Time from the options listed in the System Preferences window.
Choose the Date & Time tab from the Window if not already selected. Check the box in the upper left that says "Set date and time automatically" and also choose the appropriate Time server from the dropdown menu to the left according to your location.
Note: In order to make any changes, you may need to unlock the settings by clicking on the Lock in the lower left and entering your Mac password. After making your changes, click the lock again to prevent any additional changes.
Your Mac should now be synced to the current date and time and should stay updated in the future.