How to set date and time on Linux Mint [GUI Method]

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

If you have installed Linux Mint on your machine, and you did not choose the right timezone for your machine, you may be seeing the wrong time on your Desktop, but don't worry about it because it can be fixed easily.

Having the wrong timezone selected on your Linux Mint machine, it won't only display the wrong time on your machine, but it can also cause an issue for your apps.

There are many ways to set date and time on Linux. In Linux Mint, setting date and time can be done also in multiple ways. However, in this tutorial, we'll be setting date and time by using GUI.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to set date and time on Linux Mint.

1) Go to Settings

First open Mint Menu, and search for "Settings" in the search box.

Once you do that, you will see all Settings related results, now simply click to "System Settings as shown in the screenshot below.

2) Click to "Date & Time"

Next, you need to click "Date & Time" button, which is located under the Preferences section on the settings window.

3) Set Date & Time

Now you can easily set your date and time. To do so, you need first to select "Region" and then "City".

You can also set your date and time manually, without having to use the network time. To do so, turn off the "Network switch".

And proceed to enter date and time manually.

Click to Date box first, then proceed to select Day,Month and Year. Once you are done, save changes by clicking "OK" button.

To enter time manually, click to "Time" box, then simply set the time by using the up and down arrows as shown in the screenshot below.

That's it! Date and time should be set now.

4) Verify that time is correct

Once you change date and time, verify that the right date and time is being displayed on your panel or Desktop depending on your setup.

If you don't have date and time being shown on your panel, you can easily add it.

Calendar applet contains date and time, so to add date and time on your panel, first right click over panel and go to "Applets".

Next, select "Calendar" applet, and then click to "+" button to add it on your panel.

You should see clock added on your panel, to make it display date too, you need to enable "Use a custom date format" option. To do so, click to "Settings" icon

And turn on the "Use a custom date format" switch.

That's it! Your panel should have now date and time displayed.


In this tutorial, you learned how to set date and time on Linux Mint by using GUI.