How to Display Date and Time on Your Android Home Screen (Complete Guide)

how to display the date and time on your Android home screen
How to display the date and time on your Android home screen

Android is one of the coolest smartphone OS software that is available in the market. It gives you the flexibility to experiment with multiple widgets, launchers, skins, custom ROMs, etc. Not only this, most of the phone manufacturers from Samsung to Xiaomi run on this particular OS, because as you know, iOS is only a part of the Apple ecosystem, and can only be installed on Apple products. However, leaving everything aside, most of the Android smartphone’s home screens come pre-equipped with the clock widget that shows real dates and times. But what if your smartphone doesn’t have it? Don’t worry because I will teach you how to display the date and time on your Android home screen with the help of this guide.

How to display the date and time on your Android home screen?

As mentioned earlier, most Android smartphone comes with a pre-equipped clock widget on the home screen, but sometimes it accidentally gets deleted. So, to bring it back, just access the widget section on your home screen by long pressing the home screen, then tapping on Widgets > Clock. Lastly, choose your clock style and then drag and drop the clock widget on the home screen.

Here is a guide that will give you step-by-step instructions for the same.

  • Open your android phone if it is locked using the combination of passcode or fingerprint.
  • Now that you are on your Android home screen make sure that your home screen has ample room for the clock widget.
  • If it doesn’t have room for the widget, then remove (don’t uninstall) some of the app shortcuts from the home screen.
  • After that, just tap and hold on to an empty space of your lock screen to open up the home screen gallery.
  • You will find an option saying “Widgets” or “Add Widgets” (depending upon the phone’s manufacturer) at the bottom of the screen.
Widget option on android home screen
Click Widget Option
  • Tap on it to open.
  • You will get a list of widgets and customization options.
  • Now, scroll down to the list to find the “Clock” section, and then tap on it.
Clock option in the menu
Find Clock Option
  • You will now see a different list of clock faces like analog, digital, and advanced digital, depending upon your smartphone manufacturer.
Clock Style options
Select clock style to be displayed on android home screen
  • Next, touch and hold down your favorite clock style to select it, and then drag it to any free part of your home screen.
  • Lastly, adjust the location and size of the clock widget.
  • Voila! You have successfully installed a clock widget on your home screen that will display real dates and times.

Now, the clock widget that you will get here will be a boring regular one, which will appeal to only a few masses. So, to get a fancy-looking clock widget on your android home screen, you can download some good android clock widget apps from the store. 

These clock widget apps are packed with some of the best clock faces with different fonts and styles, along with weather widgets, calendar widgets, and other similar features.

Generally, some of these apps are free on the Google Play Store, but some might charge you a little to moderate amounts of money for additional features. Below are some of the best examples of clock widget apps available on the Play Store:

  • 1 weather.
  • OEM clock widgets.
  • Circle Clock.
  • Weather and Clock Widget.
  • UCCW.
  • Digital Clock Widget Xperia.

How to set a dual clock widget on your phone?

Some phone manufacturers like Samsung provides a clock widget option where users can set a dual clock that can display two different time zones on their home screen.

So, if you own a device that supports a dual clock widget feature, then just go ahead and follow these steps to get started.

  • Unlock your android smartphone.
  • Now, tap and hold on to the home screen, to open the home screen gallery.
  • Now, navigate to the bottom of the screen to find the “Widgets” option.
Widget option on display
Widget Option in Samsung
  • Tap on it.
  • After that, tap on “Clock.
Block style of Clock option
Click on Clock Block
  • You will get a list of clock-style options.
  • Now, tap and hold on to the “Dual Clock” widget, and then drag it to your home screen.
Dual Clock option
Drag and drop Dual Clock on Home screen
  • You will get a screen that is shown below.
Display after clock setting
Home Screen Display after Clock Settings
  • Next, tap on the “Add a city” option.
  • After that, select your favorite city that you want to display on your dual clock widget.
  • Finally, tap on “Add” and it’s done.

Can you customize the lock screen clock on android?

If you own an Android smartphone that supports the lock screen clock customization feature, then yes, you can customize it according to your need.

Here are the steps that can help you in accomplishing this goal.

  • Open the “Settings” app on your android smartphone.
  • Now, navigate to the “Lock Screen” option, and then tap on it.
Lock screen option in menu
Navigate to Lock Screen Option
  • Next, tap on “Clock Style.”
Clock style option in menu
Tap on Clock Style for Lock Screen
  • You will get a list of “Clock Style.”
  • Select the “Clock Style” of your choice.
  • You can also customize the color scheme of the clock, so select the one you like.
  • Lastly, tap on “Done.”

Now, just lock and unlock the screen to experience the change.

Note: If you are using Android 12, then you certainly might not be able to do such customizations, because it has been restricted from Google’s end. Although, if you are using a phone like Samsung or MI that comes with their customized android skin, then you might get lucky.

What is Always on display?

The best part about owning an AMOLED display-equipped smartphone is the Always on Display feature.

Now, for those of you who don’t know what is the Always on Display feature, let me explain it to you quickly.

An Always on Display is a smartphone feature that shows you continued information like date, time, and any new notification, while the screen is on sleep mode. This feature is widely available on high-end android smartphones aka flagship models, and on some mid-range ones.

So, if you own an Android smartphone that supports Always on Display, then just follow these simple steps to turn it on.

  • Open “Settings.”
  • Then, navigate to the “Lock Screen & Wallpaper” option.
  • Now, tap on the “Always on Display” option.
  • Next, slide the toggle to switch it on.
  • You will now get a few customization options like AOD Clock Style, Display Mode, and Notifications to be displayed.
  • Choose your desired customization.
  • Lastly, exit the entire screen, lock the screen, and give your phone a gentle shake to see the Always on Display on your screen.

However, if you want to try this alluring feature on your non-AMOLED display smartphone, then you can try installing some of the AOD apps from the Google Play Store, like AOA by newGen mobile or Always on Amoled by Tomer Rosenfeld. 

Note: The Always on Display feature consumes more battery, so, if you don’t want your phone’s battery to die soon, then I recommend skipping this feature for good. 

How to change the date and time on Android?

Is the date and time on your android phone inaccurate? Do you want to correct it, but don’t know how to change it? 

Well, don’t worry, and follow these simple instructions:

  • Open “Settings.
  • Then, navigate to the “System” or “General Management” section.
  • Now, tap on “Date & Time.”
  • Next, you will see an option saying “Set time automatically.” 
  • Turn it on if you don’t want to set it up manually. It will use your current time zone and location to determine the accurate date & time.
  • But, if you want to fetch in the time manually, then turn off this option.
  • Lastly, exit the entire menu to see your updated date & time. 


  • Open the clock app by accessing the app drawer or by tapping on the clock widget.
  • Next, tap the “three-dotted” menu button to enter the “Settings” menu.
  • Now, tap on “Change date & time.”
  • After that, either turn on the “Set time Automatically” option or set it up manually.
  • Lastly, exit the app to see the changes.

Tip: You don’t always need to access the home screen to check up on the date & time. You can see the time at the top of the screen, while you can just pull down the action bar to see the date, time, and day.

Final Remarks on “How to display date and time on your Android home screen?”

The clock widget on an android home screen is one of the most loved and demanded features of android users. However, sometimes it gets deleted unintentionally or is not pre-added by the smartphone manufacturers. 

But hey, you do not need to worry, just follow this guide in a step-by-step manner and get your clock widget restored in just a fraction of seconds.