How To Change The Time/Clock On My Subaru

As the seasons change and daylight saving time comes and goes, it’s essential to keep the clock in your Subaru accurate. Fortunately, most Subaru models from 2018 to the present come equipped with an auto-update feature that adjusts the time for you. However, for those with older models, fear not—we’ll cover how to manually change the time and clock for vehicles made between 2014 and 2018, as well as models predating 2014.

For Subaru Models 2018-Present: Auto-Update Mode

If you own a Subaru manufactured from 2018 onwards, you’re in luck! Many of these models have an auto-update mode for the clock. Here’s how to ensure it’s enabled:

Access the Settings Menu: Start by turning on your vehicle and navigating to the infotainment system or dashboard display.

Select ‘Settings’: Find and select the ‘Settings’ or ‘Menu’ option on your touchscreen display.

Access the Clock Settings: Within the settings menu, look for the ‘Clock’ or ‘Time’ option. Select it.

Enable Auto-Update: In the clock settings, you should see an option for ‘Auto-Update’ or ‘Daylight Saving Time.’ Make sure this feature is enabled. If it’s not, toggle it on.

Confirm the Time Zone: Ensure that your vehicle’s time zone setting is correct for your location.

Save Changes: After making these adjustments, save your changes, and your Subaru will automatically update the clock when needed, including during daylight saving time transitions.

Notes For Manual: If you do not wish to have automatic updates on you can still manually set the time and clock in your Subaru by toggling the automatic tab off in your settings. The steps to complete setting your clock manually are pretty straightforward, but if you run into any issues feel free to call us at

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For Subaru Models 2014-2018: Manual Time Adjustment

If you have a Subaru model produced between 2014 and 2018, manually adjusting the clock is a straightforward process. Follow these steps:

Access the Settings on the Multi-Function Display (MFD): To begin, Pull and hold the “i/SET” switch toward you to show the selection screen. This button is located on the bottom left of the steering wheel

Navigate to Date Settings: Using the up and down arrows, scroll through the menu to find the ‘DATE’ option. Select it by pulling the i/SET switch towards you.

Access the Time Adjustment: Within the ‘DATE’ submenu, look for the ‘TIME’ option. Use the up/down triggers to highlight the hour.

Select the Hour: To set the hour correctly, the middle trigger (usually labeled ‘I/Set’) to select it.

Adjust the Hour: With the hour selected, use the down trigger to decrease the hour until it displays the correct time.

Save Your Changes: Once the hour is accurate, save your changes and exit the menu.

For more detailed instructions and visual references, refer to your owner’s manual. Additionally, you can access the owner’s manual on your “My Subaru” page on for further assistance.

By following these steps, you can manually adjust the clock in your Subaru model from 2014 to 2018, ensuring that your vehicle’s time is always spot-on.

For Subaru Models Before 2014: Manual Time and Clock Adjustment

If you own an older Subaru model predating 2014, adjusting the clock and time may involve different steps. Here’s a general guideline based on available information:

Option 1 (With H and M Buttons):

Locate the H and M Buttons: Look for two buttons labeled ‘H’ (for hour) and ‘M’ (for minute) on your dashboard or radio unit.

Turn on the Radio: Start by turning on your vehicle’s radio.

Adjust the Hour: Press and hold the ‘H’ button, then simultaneously press the up button on the radio tuner. This action should change the hour display.

Option 2 (With a Clock Button):

Find the Clock Button: Locate a button labeled ‘Clock’ on your dashboard or radio unit.

Turn on the Radio: Begin by turning on your vehicle’s radio.

Enter Clock Adjustment Mode: Hold down the ‘Clock’ button until the screen changes, and the time starts blinking on the radio’s face.

Adjust the Hour: While in clock adjustment mode, press the up button on the radio to change the hour as needed.

Set the Minutes: After adjusting the hour, release the button and press the ‘Clock’ button again. This should allow you to change the minutes.

Remember that the exact button layout and steps may vary depending on your specific Subaru model and trim level. If you encounter any difficulties, consulting your vehicle’s manual or seeking assistance from a Subaru dealership can provide more precise guidance.

By following these instructions, you can manually change the time and clock on Subaru models manufactured before 2014, ensuring that your vehicle’s timekeeping remains accurate.