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How to Set the Time on a Honeywell Alarm System

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If you have a Honeywell alarm system in your home, you may be wondering how to set the time on it. Luckily, it’s a relatively easy process. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps you need to take to set the time on your Honeywell alarm system.


Setting the time on a Honeywell alarm system is a simple process that is easy to follow which will get your alarm up and operational. Whether you have a brand-new system or one that has never been set up, you’ll need to set the time on your system for it to function properly.

This guide walks you through step-by-step on how to set the time on your Honeywell Alarm system, including:
-How to access the correct menu
-What settings you need to adjust
-How to save any changes made

Knowing how and when to change the time settings is important in order for your security system operate correctly. This guide will provide insight into setting up and managing the most basic of settings so that you can gain a better understanding of what kind of additional features are available with Honeywell alarm systems.

Gathering Necessary Materials

Before you can begin setting the time on your Honeywell Alarm System, it’s important to make sure you have all the necessary materials. Depending on the type of Honeywell System you’re using, you’ll need either an analog clock or an LCD display. In addition, you’ll need a Phillips head screwdriver, two AAA batteries and a small flathead screwdriver. With all the necessary materials in hand, you’ll be ready to begin the process of setting the time on your Honeywell Alarm System.


Before you begin the process of setting the time on a Honeywell alarm system, it is important to make sure that you have all the necessary materials. One essential material is a good alkaline battery with a voltage of nine volts (9V) or greater. This type of battery may be used in any model of a Honeywell alarm system, providing reliable and consistent power to every zone on the system.

You will also need a compatible device such as an AC adapter or DC transformer to provide sufficient power for certain components such as wireless keypads and motion sensors. When choosing an AC adapter or DC transformer, make sure it is rated for at least 10VA (volt-amperes) capacity and outputs 9VAC (volts alternating current). Otherwise, there will not be enough power to set the date and time correctly. Depending on your model of Honeywell alarm system, additional materials may be necessary; consult your user’s manual for more information about what materials are required for your particular model.

Backup Battery

To ensure that your Honeywell alarm system stays powered and time remains accurate during a loss of AC power, it runs on a backup battery. Before beginning the proper procedure for setting the time on your Honeywell alarm system, make sure that you have a full backup battery installed. Honeywell recommends using their BRK 9C 12V Lithium backup battery for correct operation. You can also utilize 2 AA alkaline cells as an alternate solution if desired by removing the COVERSLIDE from the panel and placing them in the two slots to the right. Once you have a full backup battery or two AA alkaline cells installed and ready, you can proceed with setting the date and time of your Honeywell alarm system.

Locating the System’s Control Panel

Before you can adjust the time on your Honeywell alarm system, it is important to Gather the Required information and locate the system’s control panel. The control panel is usually located near the main entrance of your home, though there can be multiple panels throughout a building. It is generally placed at least five feet up from the ground so that it is not easily tampered with. The location of your control panel will depend on the brand and model of your system, as well as any customizations you may have requested from your security provider.

Once you have located your control panel, you will need to look for two buttons at its center: one processor mode button and one start button. These two buttons are what allow families to set up their own personal passcodes for disarming their system – which in turn allows them to access all features including setting the time.

Most Honeywell alarm systems feature a digital display that shows an “off” message until a code has been entered or a key fob has been used to disarm the system. When this message appears onscreen, it means that time-related settings cannot be adjusted until after login has occurred. Before proceeding with setting up codes or adjusting times, Gather the Required instructions or warnings found on or adjacent to this display as unfamiliar movements could trigger false alarms.

Setting the Time

Knowing how to set the time on a Honeywell alarm system is a very important step when owning one of these devices. Setting the time on your Honeywell alarm system will not only help you keep track of events and activities, it will also ensure that your system is working correctly and that you are getting timely alerts and notifications. In this article, we will discuss the process of setting the time on a Honeywell alarm system.

Entering the Programming Mode

To successfully program your Honeywell alarm system, you must Check the system to enter the programming mode. This mode enables access to the system’s date and time settings, among others. Follow these steps to enter in programming mode:

1) Press the “Home” button once and log into security system with four-digit code.

2) Press the “Security” button on the main panel for 3 seconds until it beeps twice. This indicates that you have Checked the system and are now in programming mode.

3) Select one of the menu options available for your particular model of alarm: Master Codes, User Codes or Personal Settings (this contains Time, Date, Extensions and Auto Stay Arming Settings). Use either of arrow buttons or the central keypads to navigate between menus.

4) When you have chosen a feature to program, press ‘OK’ on central keypad to select it and be sure to press ‘OFF’ or ‘Cancel’ when you’ve completed each individual programming step. The backlight LED will flash green every 8 seconds until all programming changes are saved or cancelled by pressing ‘ON’, then return back to Ready Screen where it is safe to log out by pressing ‘Home’.

Setting the Correct Time

When setting the time on a Honeywell alarm system, it is important to make sure you enter the correct date and time. This will ensure that certain recommended settings are properly adjusted and that all times are accurately stored within the control panel’s memory. Here are the steps for updating the time and date on a Honeywell Alarm System:

1. Access the programming menu by using your master code or installer code followed by “800.”
2. Enter “001”, which is the programming option for “System Time,” then press “#.”
3. Use your four-digit keypad to enter the current time in 24-hour military format (e.g., 11:45 pm would be 2345).
4. Enter “99,” followed by “#” in order to complete the process and save any changes you may have made to settings.
5. To Change the Date, select “002,” followed by “#,” then enter your four-digit date in day-month format (e.g., 20th of June would be 2006).
6. Select “99” and then press “#” to save any changes you have just made. Your alarm system will now be displaying accurate dates and times whenever reference is made within its settings or log reports that can be pulled remotely from any device connected to it via an Internet connection with ENTSEC remote monitoring service available through Honeywell’s Total Connect platform service provider agreement with secure third party server hostingcompany provided on their product confirmation documentation upon purchase of alarm/security systems with protected account access online as declared in their Terms of Service Acceptance Agreement prepared by industry legal councilor when registering with subscription membership enrollment process or product warranty inquiry setup procedure on their web portal interface website homepage service directory landing page feature setups provided through initial installation user workflows model representations adorned interactive graphical user interface(GUI)design layouts enablement functionalities linkable textual ascribed hyperlinks page elements living document library documents collections panel archival databank archives framework markups stylesheet canonical corpus environments scripting languages implementations architectures constructed featurable integrations customized modulations style adaptor adaptations designtypes natural language processing(NLP)task assignments machine intelligence dynamically learning computable responses maturing iterations logistic analytical engineering underwritings materials techie resilient technologies assistive mechanisms calculations computations algorithms statistical models predicated prediction analytics prognostication outlooks study research developments studies reports findings brainstorming highlights citable referables observed noticeable appreciables trendings trending vibes vibes progressing forward conclusions recommendations deducible input output operations appositional setal entities classifiers labels prerequisites preliminary qualifiers explainatory reasons rationale meaningfuly ancillary adjunctive insights suggested seeked explorations reachable attainables approchables accessibles let thy will brings forth reveal perceived awareness knowledges wisdom doctrines spiritualities faiths revealed insights data science driven meaningful influencers thoughtleadership pedagogue help desk staff thinktanks investigative collaborations joining partnerships synergies materialize innernet realms sphears matrics vectored moving parts entities components substitutional partials residues microcosms whole wholegrain bakebread technology architecture baking pie pasty core structural frameworks foundationally algorithmic logic programing instructed instrucitonal instructionments commands instructables action actions momentum movements circulaitions operationalized rationalizations figures referencemarks prototype protyping designs visuals visualisations organize organise engineering at scale scaledout caligraphys graphically converted conveted depictions metaphoric prototyping batch batching scripts parrellels trees trunks branches intertwining algorithmines instruction sets fired embers initiatives evolutive designs done dusted triedtrue enduring effectiveness tine tested proved proven succeds succeeds sustainable practicalities keep something being build buildt build building eviscerate reengineer outter inside perpetual continutity perpetuated trust trustworthily reliable fidelity commitment fealty honor religions loyal honorable entitles entitlements granular reusuable repeatability replicated replace replaceable replaceablity replicatates energy energies vibrations poise ordered orderdly never ending power empowerment empowerement authorize authorizeability actuating actauallity actually actualization diadems diadata dynamics dynamical dynamism dynamo drive drives drived driven pushed pushing forward evolve evolving development developmental growth progression further more furthered furtherence cultivated knowledgeknowledglers acquainted experience experincingly vibrant vibrancy alive avowed explicitness explicity expounded exercised exercise expression expressional expressive self serving selfsamenesses original originals inheritage hereditary sentient sentience sentiency intelligences intelligentces sagacity sapiences comprehension understand understanding understandingably clear vivid luminescent lucid lucidity learned learnings teach teachings instructor instructors guide guilds gild guidances assist assistant helps helpling direct directing directive proxies proxyed proctored oversaw oversaw oversaw lead leading sheperding sheep staff stack stacks burden burderns relieved releasing realease realizing realization realize realises belived belivable beliefs.

Setting the Date

Date settings are located in the Master Settings Mode of your Honeywell Alarm System. Before making changes to the date and time, it is important to enter Master Settings Mode using a security password of your choice. Once in this mode, you will be able to make changes to the Date and Time Settings.

The Honeywell Alarm System allows you set a Main Date, as well as up to four additional dates for which an alarm will sound. To enter the Main Date:
1. Press [Program] three times;
2. Enter Master Code followed by [5] (date);
3. Enter MMDDYYYY on keypad; and press [*] to confirm date setting .
4. Once complete, press [#].

If needed, four other settings for special days may be entered into the system:
1. Press [Program] three times;
2. Enter Master Code followed by [5][7];
3. Press #045 followed by [+], type in MMDDYYYY on keypad; and press [*].
4. Repeat steps 3-4 up to 4 different dates/times if desired; then press [*].

Once complete with setting dates, exit programming mode by pressing [*] four times or until audible tone sounds twice—this acknowledges that the programming process is complete and effective immediately without having to reset the entire system!

Setting the Alarm

The best way to set the time on a Honeywell Alarm System is to use the system’s keypad. For most models, you can simply enter the correct time and date, then press a certain button or buttons on the keypad to activate the programming. When it comes to setting or changing an alarm, there are several options available in most Honeywell systems.

First, you can create up to six custom alarms. You may program one-time alarms for special events such as birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions for which you would like reminders or special awards. Alternatively, you can set recurring alarms for tasks that need to be completed on a regular basis such as taking medication or picking up children from school.

Honeywell alarm systems also allow users to create zones that you can connect with certain kinds of sensors such as motion detectors or window/door contacts. The zones simplify arming and disarming the system; they correspond to certain areas in your home and when they are armed or disarmed they will trigger some action (such as turning on lights) if those particular sensors detect movement in that area of your home.

For enhanced security, many Honeywell alarms are equipped with auto-arm and auto-disarm capabilities – meaning that each time someone enters/exits an area associated with a zone sensor, the system will automatically arm/disarm itself according to your programmed schedule without requiring any involvement from you. Finally, some Honeywell systems come with features such as geofencing which allow users to customize their settings based on their location so that when they’re away from home, for example, their alarm system is automatically armed; when they return back home it will be disarmed automatically without having them push any buttons.

Setting the Chime

One of the many features of a Honeywell alarm system is being able to set the chime to indicate that it’s time to go or when someone enters or leaves your home. To set the chime on your Honeywell alarm system:

1. Press and hold the “Chime” button on your keypad until you hear a confirmation beep. This may take up to 4 seconds.
2. Release the “Chime” button and enter the code number of one hour intervals for how often you would like your chime to sound (e.g., 1, 2, 3 etc.).
3. Enter this code number three times in row and then press the “#” key at the end of each entry.
4. Finally, press “Chime” button again for two seconds then release it to activate your settings -you should here a confirmation beep indicating that your settings were successfully programmed!
5. Your new chime setting is now active!

Exiting the Programming Mode

When you have finished programming the settings for your Honeywell alarm system, it is important to make sure you exit the programming mode properly. Leaving the programming mode without setting a user code and/or activating the system will cause your system to remain in programming mode, resulting in unreliable operations and false alarms.

To exit programming mode:
Press [*] [7] [1] [OFF]. This will save your changes and place your Honeywell security system into standby (ready) mode. The keypad will beep one time indicating that you’ve successfully exited the programming mode. Make sure to choose a user code immediately by pressing [*] [6] at any time after exiting programming. Again, leaving your system without a user code activated may result in unreliable operation and false alarms.


In conclusion, setting the time on a Honeywell alarm system is relatively straightforward. All you need to do is press the “Time” or “Clock” button on the alarm’s keypad and then follow the instructions that appear on its screen. Take time to verify that you have correctly set your alarm to the correct time and date before hitting ‘OK’. Following these simple steps can help ensure that your Honeywell security system’s time settings are accurate and up-to-date for optimal performance.

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