Those who live outside of the United States are typically accustomed to setting clocks to 24-hour time. However, that is not the default in the U.S.

Fortunately, Apple gives the option on all of its platforms to set 24-hour time, regardless of region. Follow along to learn how to flip the switch…

How to set 24-hour time on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch & Mac

On iPhone & iPad:

  1. Head into Settings > General > Date & Time.
  2. Simply flip the 24-hour time switch.

On Apple Watch:

  1. In the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, head to Clock.
  2. Flip the 24-hour time switch into the on position.

On Mac:

  1. Fire up System Preferences > Language & Region.
  2. Under Time Format: click on 24-hour time.

Having the preference is always nice. It’s even better when the option isn’t tied to a specific region like it is on certain platforms. While it’s highly subjective, 24-hour time can be much easier to read.

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