How to Show Seconds on Android Clock

Android phones have a digital clock that shows the time in hours and minutes by default. However, you can also show seconds on the Android clock. This is a helpful feature if you need to closely keep track of time or work on a project with a tight deadline.

How to Show Seconds on Android Clock

This article will show you how to show seconds on Android clock. Android includes a clock app that displays the time, but there’s no way to show seconds. Luckily it’s easy to change this setting on your phone. Keep reading for instructions!

Instructions: How to Show Seconds on Android Clock

To show seconds on the clock does not require any sort of hack to your android device. This is a straightforward process but first will cover the proper settings required before changing. If you wish to follow this guide exactly as described, please follow these instructions in order.

Step 1: Settings

Press your device’s settings button. This is usually either a cog or gear icon and can be found in the system tray or notification shade.

Step 2: Date and Time

In the Date and Time menu, scroll down to where it says “24-hour format” and make sure it is set to On. Then, find “Seconds” below that and make sure it is set to Off.

Step 3: Clock App

Now open your clock app. This can be found in your app drawer or on your home screen. You can also press the search button on your device and type in the clock. Once opened, tap on “Clock Face” and select Digital.

Step 4: Show Seconds

Now that you have the proper settings applied, it’s time to change your clock face. There is a small gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen. Tap it to show your list of clock faces. Then select an Analog clock face and tap on “Customize” in the top-right corner.

Step 5: Change the Second Hand

Once you are in the customization settings for your clock face, head to “Hand Style” and select “Split.” Then find the small up arrow located in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Press it until you reach the “Seconds” option. Make sure it is set to On.

Step 6: Save Your New Clock Face

The final step is to save your new clock face. Press back or the home button to exit, then press and hold on to the current clock face that appears in your app drawer. Select “Set as Clock” from the list of options, and you’re done! Your new clock should now show seconds.

Some Tips and Suggestions

1. To avoid touching the clock face altogether, you can swipe left or right anywhere on the screen to change the month/ date.

2. If you have a wireless charger that supports fast charging, this will be great for keeping your phone alive throughout the day.

3. The font size for the clock on the lock screen can be adjusted in the Settings menu. Go to Settings > Display > Font Size and make your selection.

4. To quickly access your alarm settings, swipe down from the top of the clock screen and tap on Alarm.

Quickly Access Alarm Settings

5. You can also access the alarm settings by swiping down on the clock screen and tapping the three white circles in the top right corner of your home screen.

6. The lock screen allows you to swipe up or press either power button on the side of your phone to unlock it. Swiping up will take you directly into your new/updated calendar.

7. You can set up widgets like battery percentage or network speed indicator in any empty space on your home screen. To do this, long-press on an empty area and select the device you want from the menu that pops up.

Things to Consider When Showing Seconds on Android Clock

1. Keep in mind that adding digits to the clock’s time will add time to your battery drain.

2. Only add a digit if the clock is not perfectly accurate and rounding errors show up!

3. Only show seconds on the clock when you tell time to the minute!

4. To reduce battery life, minimize or hide services that are not needed, especially Wi-Fi.

5. For devices with AMOLED displays, most power is consumed by pixels lit up, so keep in mind how much brighter your screen will get when showing seconds!

Keep in Mind How Much Brighter Your Screen

6. Make sure your clock is formed correctly to avoid formatting issues or problems with drawing everything on the screen.

7. Keep in mind that if you are developing for an older Android device, check if your devices support it before adding this feature!

How to Show Seconds on Status Bar?

The basic Android clock does not display seconds in the status bar; and however, when you use another clock (e.g., like the one in your car when driving), the extra feature tells you when each minute passes with a beeping or ticking sound effect. It can be easy to change this behavior for your stock Android device, but the process may be a little different if you’re using a custom ROM or launcher.

To show seconds on the Android clock in the status bar:

1. Go to your device’s Settings menu and find the “Clock” option.

2. Tap on “Show seconds” and enable it. You will now see the seconds ticking away in the status bar.

3. If you want a more visible seconds indicator, enable “Keep screen on” under the Display settings. This will keep the screen from dimming or turning off while the seconds are ticking away.

4. Exit the Clock settings menu. Now, you will see seconds ticking away in your status bar while using other Android apps!


In the end, it’s your choice to decide if you want a clock on your phone. If you do, there are many options for widgets and clocks that can display seconds and other features such as weather forecasts or alarms.

You should try out different apps until you find one that works best for how often you use your device. We hope you have found this article informative in understanding how to show seconds on Android clock. It is easy to do once you know the steps, and it will make telling time easier for yourself! If you have any questions on this topic, feel free to comment below!

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