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How to Set the Clock on a Samsung Microwave in 6 Easy Steps

Having the correct time set on your Samsung microwave is important for ensuring your cook times are accurate. An incorrect clock can lead to undercooked or overcooked food.

Luckily, setting the clock is a quick and straightforward process. In this comprehensive guide, you‘ll learn how to set, update or reset the clock on your Samsung microwave oven in just a few minutes.

Why Set the Samsung Microwave Clock Accurately?

Here are 3 key reasons you‘ll want to make sure you have the right clock time set:

  • Accurate cook times – An accurate clock allows your microwave to precisely time cook durations so your food is perfectly cooked.
  • Avoid under/overcooking – The wrong cook duration from an inaccurate clock can lead to cold, mushy or burnt food.
  • Coordinate appliance use – Matching clocks across your kitchen appliances enables better coordination of cooking all elements of a meal.

So if you notice the time is off on your Samsung microwave due to daylight savings, a power outage or incorrect manual setting, follow our guide below to get it back to the right time.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting the Clock

Setting the clock only takes a few button presses – follow these 6 simple steps:

Step 1: Locate the Options Button

The options button is usually located on the keypad near the bottom right of the microwave front. It may show a picture of a wrench/spanner or have "Options" written next to it.

Samsung microwave options button

The options button on a Samsung microwave.

Step 2: Press the Options Button

Press the options button once firmly to bring up the settings menu. You may hear a beep.

Step 3: Navigate to Clock Adjust

Use the arrow or selection keys on the keypad to choose the "Clock Adjust" menu option. On some models this is option number 9. Select to enter the clock adjust submenu.

Step 4: Input the Current Time

Use the numbered keypad to input the current correct time, entering at least 3 digits. For example, for 3:15pm you would input:

3 – 1 – 5

Make sure you set either AM or PM if your microwave clock shows a 12 hour display.

Step 5: Confirm the Entered Time

Once the current time is entered, press the confirm/OK button on the keypad to set. You will likely hear a beep to indicate the time has been set.

Step 6: Check New Set Time

Visually confirm that the input time matches what is now showing on the microwave clock display. The new time you entered should now be set.

And that‘s all there is to it! Following those 6 basic steps will ensure your Samsung microwave has the accurate, current clock time.

Resetting Clock for Daylight Savings

If you need to update your microwave clock due to daylight savings time beginning or ending, there is a handy shortcut so you don‘t have to manually enter the new time.

To adjust for the one hour change, just follow these quick steps:

  1. Press the options button
  2. Navigate to the "Daylight Savings" menu option (usually option 5)
  3. Choose the offset option:
    • Select 1 to move the clock time ahead one hour
    • Select 2 to set the clock back one hour
  4. Press OK to confirm

This will instantly adjust the Samsung microwave clock forward or back by one hour with two button presses – much easier than resetting manually!

Troubleshooting Clock Issues

Here are solutions to common issues you may encounter when trying to set the clock:

  • Display shows wrong time – Follow the 6 step guide above entering the current correct time
  • Can‘t access clock set menu – Try pressing and holding options button for 2-3 seconds to access service menu
  • Clock keeps resetting – Battery may need replacing, contact Samsung support
  • Digits showing "–"– Attempt full power reset by unplugging the microwave

Getting persistent errors? You can call the Samsung microwave support line at 1-800-726-7864 for further troubleshooting assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about setting the Samsung microwave clock:

How do I set PM or AM on the microwave clock?

When entering the time, input either a "1" or "2" prior to the digits to signify PM or AM respectively if your clock format shows a 12 hour time.

Why does my microwave clock keep changing by itself?

If a Samsung microwave clock frequently changes on its own incorrectly, the internal backup battery may need replacing. Contact Samsung support for battery replacement or reset options.

Can the microwave be used if the clock is wrong?

Yes you can still use Samsung microwave functions if the clock is inaccurate or not set, however cooking durations may not time accurately.

What if my microwave has no clock display?

Some lower end models may not have a clock display. You will have to estimate cooking times manually without a clock indication. Consider replacing with a microwave model that includes clock/timer functionality.


With just a few simple button presses, you can easily set or update the clock on your Samsung microwave.

Follow our 6 step process:

  1. Locate options button
  2. Press options
  3. Select Clock Adjust
  4. Input new time
  5. Confirm setting
  6. Check updated clock matches

Getting in the habit of maintaining an accurate microwave clock can help you achieve perfect cooking results every time you use it.

As you can see, it‘s quick and easy to keep your Samsung microwave clock correctly set! Let us know if have any other questions in the comments.