How to Resolve the “Your Clock is Ahead/Behind” Error Message in Google Chrome Browser

You are working on the Internet and want to open some website when suddenly you see an error message “Your clock goes forward” or “Your clock goes backward”. The site cannot load because of this error, which is either due to incorrect date and time settings on your computer or because the error is displayed even though the date and time are correct.

This can be frustrating, especially if you want to view something really important. However, this problem can be solved quite easily.

What causes the “Your clock is ahead/behind” error in Google Chrome?

  • In most cases, this error is caused by outdated system time and date.
  • However, it is also possible that the problem is caused by a faulty CMOS battery that can no longer store the correct date and time between reboots.
  • But your browser cache can also cause this problem when it saves date and time information from a web server.
  • An expired SSL certificate can also cause the “Your clock is going forward or backward” problem.

How to solve the “Your clock is ahead or behind” error in Google Chrome?

Clear your cookies and browser cache

Temporary files (cache images and cookies) that store incorrect or outdated calendar and time information are sometimes the cause of the “Your watch is moving forward (or backward)” error in Chrome. Chrome can get (incorrect) time and date information from these files, so you should delete them. This will force Chrome to get the date and time information from your computer.

  1. Click the Chrome menu icon in the top right corner of your browser.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Expand the Advanced Settings menu.
  4. Then select “Privacy and Security.”
  5. Click on the “Clear browsing data” option.
  6. Click the “Time Range” drop-down button and change the time range to Every Hour.
  7. Make sure that the “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files” options are checked, and click the “Clear data” button to continue.
  8. Once the process is complete, close the Chrome browser and restart your computer.
  9. After restarting, you should no longer see the “Your clock is going forward or backward” error.

Configure the wrong date and time on your computer

Security certificates help your browser protect you online. If the date on your device (mobile or PC) is incorrect, it can affect Chrome’s ability to check websites’ security certificates. This is another reason why you see the “Your clock is going fast” error on your computer screen.

  1. Right-click the “Date/Time” area of your computer’s taskbar.
  2. Select the “Adjust Date/Time” option.
  3. If the date and time on your computer is not set correctly, uncheck the “Set time automatically” box.
  4. Click the Edit button under the “Set date and time manually” option.
  5. Set your system date and time by entering the correct time information.
  6. Alternatively, you can simply synchronize your computer’s time with the Windows Time Server.
  7. To do this, click the Synchronize button in the Synchronize Clock section of the Date and Time settings menu.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Right-click the date and time area on your computer's taskbar.
  2. Select the "Set date and time" option.
  3. If the date and time on your PC is not set correctly, disable the "Set time automatically" option.

  1. Set the time automatically.
  2. Change the default time zone.
  3. Set as your default Internet time server.
  4. Clear your cache and browsing history.
  5. Reinstall your SSL certificate.

If you are experiencing this problem in Gmail, the reason is not Google, but the wrong time zone on your computer. To fix the time zone in which your emails are displayed, you'll need to manually adjust your computer's time zone in your Date and Time settings.

Restart your computer, restart your browser, and then open a new Momentum page and see if the time now displays as expected. If all else fails, reinstalling your browser may be the solution. If you're still having problems and you're using Google Chrome, try resetting your Google Chrome flags as well.

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