Android Headunit January 1, 1970 00:00

1st January 1970 and 00:00 showing as date and time on the screen when switched on.

The January 1, 1970 at 00:00 is Unix Epoch Time, the beginning of time decided by the early time engineers.

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If your headunit goes back to January 1, 1970 it shows that the android headunit has reset. It has lost its place in time. Usually the car battery keeps the clock ticking and keeping time. After that an internal battery/capacitor device keeps the clock correct for times like when the vehicle battery is disconnected or replaced.

Checking time

If your head units shows the 1970 date each time it is switched on, booted up or it will reset back to this date/time intermittently, there are some initial checks to do.


Ensure by checking with a meter that the wiring is correct, pay particular attention to the 12v supply on RED(ACC) and YELLOW(BATT) and that GND(GROUND) is well grounded. You android headunit needs these three as a minimum to keep the internal clock capacitor powered up for times that the ignition is off. With an intermittent fault you may need to monitor the voltage over a period of time that the 1970 reset happens.


Even under quite difficult circumstances like a flat starter battery or jump starting, the android headunit would usually survive the Epoch time trap. If you are plagued with January 1, 1970 00:00 it does indicate a hardware fault, something that can’t be fixed with an update. Contacting the company you purchased the headunit from, attaching photos of the screen showing January 1, 1970 00:00 and describing the issue would be the best way to proceed. You would be expecting a replacement android head unit under warranty or as a good will gesture if out of warranty protection.

Android guy who loves his android head units as much as he loves his cherry pie.

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