How To Fix Your Phone Date Is Inac­cu­rate Error In WhatsApp

Pankil Shah

WhatsApp is arguably the best instant messaging app built ever. It’s fast, reliable, and fairly easy to use. But that isn't to say it's perfect. While you might have had issues with its poorly built desktop app, the mobile version isn’t perfect either. One such error you might have faced is when the app states your phone date is inaccurate.

How To Fix Your Phone Date Is Inaccurate Error In Whats App

When the error occurs, you can’t send, receive, or access messages on your WhatsApp, which can easily leave you anxious. To help you out, we’ve prepared a list of solutions that should get you past the inaccurate date problem. So, let’s get right to it.

1. Change Date & Time Manually

The inaccurate date error on WhatsApp usually occurs when you switch your phone to a different time zone. Thus, you can try correcting the date & time on your Android or iPhone to see if that helps with the issue. Here’s how.

Manually Correct Date & Time on Android

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android and navigate to System.

System Settings on Android

Step 2: Tap on the Date and time option and toggle off the switch next to ‘Use network-provided time’. If required, you can also set a different Time Zone from here by turning off the 'Use network-provided time zone' option.

Date and Time Settings on Android
Disable Network provided Date and Time

Step 3: Now manually set the correct date and time one after the other.

Manually Set Date on Android
Manually Set Time on Android

Manually Correct Date & Time on iPhone

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to General.

Settings Menu in i Phone

Step 2: Tap on Date & Time and turn off the slider next to Set Automatically. Now tap on the current date and time to change them manually.

Date Time Settings on i Phone
Change Date and Time Manually on i Phone

Additionally, you can also change the set Time Zone by tapping on it.

After setting the correct date and time, go ahead and open WhatsApp to see if it works fine now.

2. Set Date & Time to Automatic Time-Zone

If the error persists even after changing the date and time manually, you can enable your phone to detect the accurate date and time automatically using your location and the internet on your phone. Here’s how.

Set Date & Time Automatically on Android

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android and go to System.

Step 2: Tap on the Date and time option and toggle on the switches next to ‘Use network-provided time’ and ‘Use network-provided time zone’.

Set Date and Time Automatically on Android

Set Date & Time Automatically on iPhone

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and go to Privacy.

Privacy Settings on i Phone

Step 2: Tap on Location Services and enable the toggle next to it.

Location Service Settings on i Phone
Enable Location Services on i Phone

Step 3: Scroll all the way down to open System Services. Next, find and enable the Setting Time Zone option from the list.

System Services on i Phone
Setting Time Zone on i Phone

Step 4: Now go back to the home page of the Settings app navigate to General. Tap on Date & Time and turn on the switch next to Set Automatically.

Set Date Time Automatically on i Phone

Once done, open WhatsApp to see if the inaccurate date error is resolved now.

3. Reboot Your Phone

If you’re facing the inaccurate date error even after setting the correct date on your phone, then you can try rebooting your phone. Doing so will relaunch all the apps and processes on your phone and fix any minor bugs responsible for the error.

4. Update WhatsApp

Sometimes, using an older version of WhatsApp can lead to an inaccurate date error. Thus, you should regularly update the apps on your phone to steer clear of such problems. And the same holds true for your phone's OS as well.

So go ahead and update WhatsApp from Play Store or App Store along with your Android or iPhone to see if that resolves the issue.

5. Reinstall WhatsApp

WhatsApp gathers a lot of media and other data if you've been using it for a while. That data may have gone corrupt. Therefore, if updating the app doesn’t help then you can try uninstalling WhatsApp and installing it back on your phone. That will clear all of the app data (including cache) and resolve any app-related issues.

Accuracy Guaranteed

So that concludes our list of possible solutions to fix the inaccurate date error on WhatsApp. Hopefully, one of the listed solutions has worked out, and you're back to using your favorite instant messaging app again.

Like using WhatsApp? Check out these lesser-known WhatsApp tips and tricks for Android and iPhone.


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Pankil Shah

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Pankil Shah

Pankil is a Civil Engineer by profession who started his journey as a writer at EOTO.tech. He recently joined Guiding Tech as a freelance writer to cover how-tos, explainers, buying guides, tips and tricks for Android, iOS, Windows, and Web.