iPhone tip: Fix for “The time zone cannot be set manually due to device restrictions” error.

  • This article share how you can fix “The time zone cannot be set manually due to device restrictions” error when tried changing iPhone Date & Time inside Settings.
  • Although this article is meant for iPhone and iOS, the same steps work the same for iPad and iPadOS.
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Tried changing your iPhone Date and Time, but getting “The time zone can not be set manually due to device restrictions” message? That’s because you have Screen Time turned on. Moreover, not just because Screen Time is turned on in your device, but also due to passcode is setup on Screen Time.

Now what is Screen Time?

Introduced since iOS 12 back in 2018, Screen Time give apps and games time limit on how long they can be accessed within a day. Screen Time also provides full device sort of lock down – with Downtime – where you can set-up when the lock down shall start during the day. Once the lock down is started, all apps and games are locked with a Passcode – if Passcode is turned on. To able to access apps or games after locked down (Downtime), one need to key in the passcode.

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If you want to know more about Screen Time, check out my article about Screen Time here: How to Setup Screen Time and Downtime at JILAXZONE.

Why your iPhone has Screen Time with Passcode turned on ?

If you are adults, likely you set Screen Time as part of your initial device setup when you try out the iPhone features and/or when you need to limit yourself not to always hook up with the iPhone. And especially if you are adults with kids, perhaps you set Screen Time together with Passcode to limit your kids playtime with the device.

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Screen Time limits your iPhone usage.

If you are a kid reading this article, that’s because your parents/guardian(s), set a time limit on your device when accessing certain apps, so that you won’t always stuck with the device the whole day – playing games or watching movies/videos.

Here’s how to enable you to change Date & Time on iPhone Settings

Now here’s how you can fix the “The time zone can not be set manually due to device restrictions” issue in your iPhone Date & Time settings.

Step 1) On your iPhone, go to Settings > Screen Time.

Step 2) Inside Screen Time, tap on “Change Screen Time Passcode” and then select “Turn Off Screen Time Passcode”.

Step 3) When prompted to key in the Passcode, do key in your Screen Time Passcode. If you keyed in the Passcode correctly, now you should see that the Screen Time Passcode has been disabled, the menu has changed from “Change Screen Time Passcode” into “Use Screen Time Passcode”.

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The menu has changed from “Change Screen Time Passcode” into “Use Screen Time Passcode”

Step 4) Now go to Settings > General > Date & Time.

Now you should be able to change the Date & Time.

Bring it all together

Another day another iPhone and iOS Tips. This time is how you can fix “The time zone can not be set manually due to device restrictions” issue in your iPhone Date & Time settings. In case you encountered any difficulties and/or have queries, don’t hesitate to put your queries or thoughts on the comment section down below. I’ll be happy to assist.

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6 thoughts on “iPhone tip: Fix for “The time zone cannot be set manually due to device restrictions” error.

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  • August 22, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks for this information.

    • September 27, 2022 at 6:34 am

      When I turn Screen time back on- my time zone changes back again. Why would 2 separate phones in one house both change time zones – no traveling was involved?

      • October 4, 2022 at 7:06 am

        Will turning off screen time passcode on my device also turn it off on children’s devices?

    • June 5, 2023 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks for helping me to resolve the issues with unable to Chnage the Time zone due to device restrictions.
      I used your advice and turned off screen. Time.
      It’s. Working now, I hit the time zone I was looking for



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