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Uh oh. Daylight Saving Time change. It's been...well, it's been since the last time the clock had to change. It's not like you're messing with the clock all the time. So, how does it work again?

Thankfully, Kelly put together a step-by-step instruction sheet on how to do it. She even did us the honor of showing us how to:




An illustrated version if that works better for you:


There are pull-buttons on your steering wheel to the lower left that control your information display.




Pull the i/SET button and hold it until the screen changes. Then, pull the i/SET button briefly to select DATE.



Use the arrow buttons to get the cursor next to the hour, then pull the i/SET button again to select it.



Use the up and down arrows to get the time updated, then pull the i/SET button to confirm.



Navigate to the Set field to make your change permanent, then pull i/SET again to make it official.



Success!



Scroll through this menu again until you see "GO BACK" and pull i/SET to select it. You'll have to do this twice.

Congratulations! You have changed the clock in your Forester.




And the text version, slightly modified from Kelly's sheet:
  1. Turn on your Forester
  2. Find the i/set, up, and down cursor levers/buttons on your steering wheel (lower left)
  3. Pull the i/set button toward you and hold it until the screen on your dash changes, then let go
  4. "DATE" should be highlighted. If it is, pull the i/set button briefly to select it. If "DATE" isn't highlighted use the up or down button to get there.
  5. You should see the date and time with a cursor at the top left
  6. Move the cursor (with either the up or down buttons) to highlight the hour
  7. Pull the i/set button briefly to select it
  8. Use the up or down buttons to adjust the time
  9. Pull the i/set button again briefly to set the new time
  10. Check that everything looks right
  11. Use the up or down button to move the cursor over to SET
  12. Pull the i/set button to make the change permanent
  13. Use the down button to select GO BACK, and pull the i/set button to finish up

SUCCESS! Your clock is now updated.


If you need to change the minutes: the hour and the minutes change separately, so when you are moving around that screen getting from date to 12 hour/24 hour clock to the actual time, if you bump the cursor one more spot, you can select the minutes and change the time from there.

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Comments

Deborah Emmert
Step 13 didn't work for me. Pulling up on the "I/SET" button did take me back to the Guidance Screen, but I'm stuck there no matter how many times I operate the "I/SET" switch again. Can you help?
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Deborah,

Sorry to hear that you're having trouble! If you are scrolling all the way to the option on your screen that says "GO BACK" (you will have to scroll with the down button past the initial four that show as options), and selecting with i/set doesn't work, you may need to contact your local dealer to help out in person. That would probably take care of it the fastest for you.

Please let us know if that works for you or if there's more we can do to help!
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Rhonda
I have tried to set the time ahead 1 hrs but an unable to save settings. I am able to go through all the steps to change the time but when I set the save settings by pulling the I/set button, the settings do not save.
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Rhonda,

I'm so sorry to hear that. Without being able to look at it, I'm afraid it's really hard to troubleshoot. If you can bring it in, we would be more than happy to take a look and get that squared away (and if you aren't near us, any Subaru dealer should be ready, willing, and able to help out).
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Helen Rugh
The most absurd way to preform a simple function as setting the clock. Absolutely too complicated and frustrating
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Helen,

We are sorry about your frustration with the process. We hope our guides help. We'd be happy to do any further troubleshooting for you. If you can bring it in, we'd even be happy to do it for you every time to save you the hassle.
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john sturgeon
why does 2014 forester have an on off button on the computer for daylight savings time?
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, John,

The automated Daylight Saving Time on your Forester is there to take the pressure off going through the whole process we describe in the video and instructions.

Unfortunately, because the date that clocks are adjusted is always subject to change (as it did in 2007), it is not always accurate. We find most people prefer to set the time themselves (or have us set the time for them).

However, that feature is there to help you, so feel free to make good use of it!
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Dave Moore
Thank you for posting this. I actually had to go through it a couple of times before it worked. If you hold the i/set button too long you have to start over. There HAS to be an easier way to do this. It's actually was more than 13 actions that you need to do...
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PJ
Setting the clock every year is unnecessarily complicated.
I hate the dashboard of my 2015 Subaru Forester with Eyesight.
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, PJ,

We're sorry for your frustration. We know it's some work. Let us know if you need any more help.
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Nancy Licciardi
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! My 2016 owners manual is incorrect.
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Allison Hankinson
Love my Subaru Forester, but it shouldn't be this complicated to set a clock!
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francine
Does anyone know how to change the minutes on the 2015 Forester? I can change the hour but my clock keeps losing time making it off by a few minutes.
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Francine,

When you're using the arrows to move the cursor in the time adjustment menu, keep cycling until the cursor is next to the minutes specifically (instead of just next to the time overall, which will select the hours), and you can use the i/set button to choose to edit just the minutes. Good luck!
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Rachel
What if you want to change the minute?!
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Spencer Patterson King
When you get to the part after you select date where you are moving the cursor around to choose the date, 12 hour/24 hour set, or time, move the cursor one more space to hop from hours to minutes, then use i/Set and pick the time you need. Hope this helps!
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Aine richard Gordon
My dash board is in Japanese so how do I change the language . I want to adjusted my date and clock hour
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Spencer Patterson King
Hello, Aine!

It will depend on exactly which model you have, so definitely check your owner's manual (you can always look it up at http://www.subaru.com/owners/resource-center/index.html if you need).

If you press the home button (to the left of the display), you will be presented with a set of options. Press the button for Settings; it's probably on the bottom right and will have a picture of gears. Then press the button for General; it will probably be the second button on the top row and have a picture of a gear. If the placement of the buttons so far has been right, Language will be the first menu option you can choose. It will have a mark like > to let you choose what to change, and you should be able to select English.

Good luck!
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Denise Heitman
Great directions, but how do you change the minutes on the clock? Mine is 3 minutes slow and driving me crazy. Are you even able to change the minutes?
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Spencer Patterson King
Hello, Denise!

When you get to the menu that has the date and time, and you're moving the cursor around to select what to adjust, if you move the cursor one more space, you can adjust just the minutes!
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Steve
I was frustrated like everyone, but realized that step 7 says pull up the i/set button BRIEFLY! I was pulling up and holding and was always being sent back.
Hope this helps someone...
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Emily!
The hour and the minutes change separately, which is probably the hitch. When you are moving around that screen getting from date to 12 hour/24 hour clock to the actual time, if you bump the cursor one more spot, you can select the minutes and change the time from there. Hope that helps!
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Emily
When I try to change the time, it will only let me select the hour. I need to change the minutes. What should I do.
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Paula
Hi there,

I"m finding it difficult to adjust the MINUTES.....any tips?
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Col Carrney
Thank you, instructions worked perfectly.
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Paula,
The hour and the minutes change separately, so when you are moving around that screen getting from date to 12 hour/24 hour clock to the actual time, if you bump the cursor one more spot, you can select the minutes and change the time from there. Thanks for letting us know you were having issues, we'll edit the post to include that!
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nj
very nice work,
I remember the days when you could change your clock with out a written procedure. Wish the car manu's would go back to it!
thanks
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Jill
Hi great instructions however I cannot get my I/ set button to respond. I push it forward as directed and nothing happens. Any thoughts?
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Jill! If the i/set button isn't pulling like it should, we would recommend you take it to your nearest dealer to have someone look at it. You're obviously not going to need it regularly, but it really should be working, and if it's not, that needs fixed.
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Pzost
This was so much more helpful than the Subaru user manual. And I appreciate that it wasn't just a video and you had multiple versions of the explanation: one video / one with pics / one written
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Katharyn
I agree about the clock!!!! I’m computer literate but this is really stupid!!! The big manual directions are poorly/incompletely written or missing. A regular setting would have two buttons. Duh! What would have been so difficult to do that!!!
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Kathy
I absolutely agree with Katharyn. I have never had so much trouble setting the clock in a vehicle, and I, too, am computer literate. The manual is no help. I've followed the necessary steps, and it does not save the time.
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Spencer Patterson King
We're sorry it's been so difficult. We are always more than happy to help you get it adjusted how you want. Bring your vehicle in any time, and we will take care of it for you.
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Steven, 

When you get to the time screen, you should be able to use up and down to navigate the entire screen with a firm short pull. If you are having trouble, though, please feel free to bring it in, because we are more than happy to take care of that for you.
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Steven
So I keep seeing replies that to change the minutes you just need to move the cursor from the hour. Mine will not move from the hour at all, whether I press either the up or down button (tried long and short taps, before and after set, etc). The cursor simply will not move from the hour. What is the trick to get the cursor to move to the minutes???
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Trisha
How do I get the time to change from AM to PM or vice versa. I am able to change the hours and minutes but I can't change the AM or PM. I am now driving around with 7:49 p.m. when it is actually 7:49 a.m. So annoying!
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Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Trisha,

Sorry about the trouble with that. Try changing the clock to 24-hour, then change the time from 19:49 to 07:49, and then changing back to 12-hour. Hope that helps!
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Trisha
That did help! Thank you.
Seems they could've made it easier by just giving you the option to adjust the AM/PM just like the hours and minutes.
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Sandra
I recently bought a preowned Subaru Forester. I want to delete the existing Birthday Reminders. How do I do this?
Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Sandra,

You can always double-check your manual, but from the home screen, select Settings, General, and scroll down until you see Delete Personal Data. You can wipe all the old information right there. That's probably the easiest way to take care of it. If you're nearby, our team are always happy to help with that kind of thing in person, too.
Jane jaderston
How do I get the clock to display digital? Can’t get it off of analog...
Spencer Patterson King
Hi, Jane,

So, naturally, it all depends a little bit on your vehicle specifically, and we always recommend bringing it in for a personal touch if you have any questions. That said, there are, I think, two ways to answer your question depending on what exactly you need.

First, you can move up and down on the clock display selector to cycle through displays that show the clock. Each display shows the temperature in the upper left and the time (in digital) in the upper right. The main section of the display will cycle through a clock (with the analog display), mileage, miles per gallon, a trip mileage graph, real time drivetrain display, miles per gallon and acceleration information, and a menu tip. 

The second way involves getting into that menu screen for the display (press and hold enter until it pops up). Select screen setting, and then scroll down to "Clock." There, you can rotate through different clock displays.

Hope this helps!
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