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How to Show Seconds on Android and iPhone Clock

by Pankil Shah
How to Show Seconds on Android and iPhone Clock

Do you need to see the seconds on your Android or iPhone clock? Whether you’re timing a cooking recipe, doing laps, or keeping track of something else, it can be helpful to have the seconds displayed on your phone’s screen. Fortunately, you can configure your Android or iPhone clock to show seconds in a few simple steps. Let’s see how.

How to Show Seconds on the Android Clock App

The Clock app by Google does not display time in seconds by default. However, you can change that easily using these steps:

1. Open the Clock app on your Android. Tap the kebab menu (three dots) in the top right corner and select Settings.

Clock App Settings on Android

2. Enable the toggle next to Display time with seconds.

Show Seconds in Android Clock App

Note: If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, it will be running the Clock app from Samsung, which shows time in seconds by default.

Show Seconds on Clock App on Samsung Phone

How to Show Seconds on the Android Status Bar

While the above method allows you to see seconds in the Clock app, a more convenient way is to see seconds in the status bar itself. This is because the status bar is always visible, while the Clock app is not.

Luckily, it is possible to make your Android phone show seconds on the status bar by using a third-party app like System UI Tuner.

1. Download and install the System UI Tuner app from the Play Store.

2. Open the app and select the Status bar option. Then, scroll down to tap on Time, and select Show hours, minutes, and seconds.

Enable Seconds on Android Status Bar Clock

Once you complete the above steps, your Android phone should display seconds on the status bar clock.

Show Seconds on Android Phone Status Bar Clock

It’s important to note that apps like System UI Tuner may not be compatible with all Android phones. If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, you can use the Good Lock module to see seconds on the status bar. Here’s how.

1. Download and install the Good Lock app from the Samsung Galaxy Store.

2. Open the Good Lock app on your phone. Navigate to the Make up tab and tap on the download icon next to the QuickStar module. Tap Install to continue.

Install QuickStar Module on Samsung Phone

3. Tap QuickStar to open it and select Clock Settings.

QuickStar Clock Settings on Samsung Phone

4. Enable the toggle next to Show Seconds. After this, your Samsung Galaxy phone will display seconds when you pull down the Quick Settings panel. Here is how it looks.

Show Seconds on Samsung Galaxy Phone Clock

How to Show Seconds on iPhone Home Screen

If you have an iPhone, you can check time in seconds without opening the Clock app. Simply look at the Clock app icon in the App Library. The orange hand on the icon moves in real-time, so you can see how many seconds have passed.

Clock App Icon on iPhone

Alternatively, if you are looking for a better way to see the seconds on your iPhone, you can add a Clock app widget to your Home Screen or Today View screen. To do so, use these steps: 

1. Touch and hold anywhere on the home screen and tap the plus (+) icon in the top left corner.

Add Widgets on iPhone

2. Select Clock from the list, choose your preferred widget, and then tap the Add Widget button at the bottom.

Add Clock Widget on iPhone Home Screen

The Clock app widget should appear on the iPhone home screen.

Clock App Widget on iPhone

How to Show Seconds on iPhone Lock Screen

The default Clock app widget on your iPhone makes it easy to see the seconds, but you are limited in terms of the available widget styles. If you want more options, you can use a third-party app like Flip Clock to add a widget that displays the seconds on your iPhone’s home screen, as well as the lock screen.

1. Download the Flip Clock app on your iPhone.

2. Touch and hold anywhere on the home screen and tap the plus (+) icon in the top left corner.

3. Select FlipClock from the list and select your preferred widget. Then, tap the Add Widget button at the bottom. 

Add Flip Clock Widget on iPhone Home Screen

4. By default, the Flip Clock app widget will only show the clock in HH:MM format. To enable seconds, open the Flip Clock app, and tap the gear icon at the top.

Flip Clock Settings on iPhone

5. Tap on Desktop widget and enable the toggle next to Display seconds

Enable Seconds for Flip Clock Widget on iPhone Home Screen

6. Once you add the Flip Clock widget on the home screen, you will also see the option to set Live Activities from the Flip Clock app. Tap Allow if you want to see the seconds on your iPhone lock screen.

Add Flip Clock Widget on iPhone Lock Screen

When Every Second Counts

By default, both Android and iPhone only show time in hours and minutes, which is not always helpful, especially when you need to keep a close eye on the passing moments. Fortunately, it is not too difficult to show seconds on your Android or iPhone clock using the methods above.

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