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How to Change Your Apple Watch to Military Time Using Watch App on iPhone

If you own an Apple Watch, and want it to show time in military format instead of the standard 12-hour format, then I’ve got an easy tutorial on how to make it happen.

The Apple Watch usually shows time in the 12 hours format, where the time runs from 1am to 12pm and again from 1pm to 12am. On the other hand, the 24 hours format shows time as 00:00 (midnight) to 23:59.

This is also known as military time, although some times, the colon isn’t used. In this post, I will show you how to change Apple Watch to military time in a few steps.

How to Change Apple Watch to Military Time: Use 24-Hour Format

To change your Apple Watch to Military time, you’re going to need the connected iPhone. You cannot change the time format directly from the Apple Watch. You will have to make the changes on your iPhone, which will then automatically reflect on the Watch.

When you make the change on your Apple Watch, then the time will not sync with the iPhone. The Apple Watch will only show military time in digital-style watch faces.

If you’re using an analog watch face, and have set the time to 24 hour format, then it won’t make any difference. If you prefer seeing the 24 hour format, or the military time, then follow the steps below.

Step #1. Launch the Watch app on your connected iPhone.

Open Watch App on iPhone

Step #2. Head to the My Watch tab.

Tap on My Watch Tab in Watch App on iPhone

Step #3. Scroll down to the Clock option.

Tap on Clock in My Watch Tab on iPhone Watch App

Step #4. Here, you will find a toggle to enable the 24-hour Time format. Enable this to change the time to 24-hours or Military time.

Enable Apple Watch Military Time in Watch App on iPhone

That’s about it. The new setting should automatically sync with the connected Apple Watch and the time will now be shown in the 24-hour format. As mentioned earlier, only digital watch faces will be able to show the time in this format. If you haven’t selected a digital watch face on your Apple Watch, here’s how you can.

Step #1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.

Open Watch App on iPhone

Step #2. Head to the Face Gallery tab.

Tap on Face Gallery in Watch App on iPhone

Step #3. Search for a digital watch face, and tap on the ‘Add’ button.

Select Digital Watch Face and Tap on Add

Some of the digital watch faces include, Astronomy, Modular, Motion, Solar, Numerals Duo, X-Large, and Timelapse.

Step #4. The new watch face will be updated on your Apple Watch.

Update Watch Face of Apple Watch

How to Change your iPhone to Military Time

You may also want to change the time format to 24 hours on your iPhone, so that the Apple Watch syncs properly and shows the correct time. Here’s how to do that.

Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Open Settings App on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on General and then select the Date & Time option.

Tap on General and Select Date and Time in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Turn ON the toggle next to 24-Hour Time option, and see the time format change on your iPhone.

Turn ON Military Time Option on iPhone

Now, the time on both the Apple Watch and the iPhone should be synced correctly. That was easy, wasn’t it?

Wrapping Up

There you are! That’s how you can change your Apple Watch to Military Time using the Watch app on iPhone. It is an easy process and you should be done with it in a few minutes, as long as you have your iPhone around.

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    The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.

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