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Fix: Your clock is ahead error on Mac

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You might have encountered a ‘your clock is ahead’ error while using Google Chrome as a Mac user. This error can prevent you from accessing websites or browsing the web normally. Sometimes, this error can also compromise your Mac’s security.

In this article, we’ll explain the causes behind this error message and provide fixes.

Mac error: ‘Your clock is ahead’ explained

The ‘your clock is ahead’ error usually occurs when Mac’s system clock is not in sync with the server’s clock on the website that you want to browse.

This can happen because of several reasons, including:

  • Your Mac’s battery is low or dying, affecting the clock’s accuracy.
  • You have incorrectly configured the time and date settings on your Mac.
  • If you have recently travelled to a different time zone, but your Mac’s region is still set to your home time zone, you may encounter the ‘your clock is ahead’ error while using browsers like Chrome on your Mac.
  • Cache and cookie build-up in your browser can also lead to such errors.
  • You may witness this error if the website you are attempting to access has an expired security certificate.

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How to fix the ‘your clock is ahead’ error on Mac?

Now that you have understood the possible causes behind the ‘your clock is ahead’ error on Mac, let us quickly move on to the fixes.

Adjust the date and time settings on Mac

The first step that you should take is to adjust the date and time settings on your Mac. Here’s how to do so:

Step 1: Click on the Apple menu and head to System Preference > Date and time.

Step 2: Check mark the Set date and time automatically box and set the server address to Now, click on the time zone tab and then check the Set time zone automatically using current location.

Adjust the region settings on Mac

The next step that you should take to fix the ‘your clock is ahead’ error is to fix the region settings on your Mac.

Head to System Preferences > Language and Region, and then select your current region and language.

Clear cache and cookies

A cache is a storage tool that temporarily stores data. Storing data in a cache makes it readily available for the client to access and saves time. For this purpose, web browsers use the cache functionality for faster and more seamless browsing. However, it also causes some problems. So, you should clear the browser’s cache once in a while.

Here are the steps to clear the cache on Google Chrome:

Step 1: Open Chrome and click the three-dot button > More tools > Clear browsing data.

Step 2: Check on Browsing historyCookies and other site data and Cached images and files. Also, select the time range to All time. You can also select a particular time range, but we advise you to clear all your data. Next, click on Clear Data to finalise the process.

You can visit this article to find out another, more direct method to clear the cache on Chrome.

We hope that by following the above steps, you will have successfully fixed the ‘your clock is ahead’ error on your Mac.

Also read: Fix: MacOS cannot verify that this app is free from malware


Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: [email protected]