I have NOAA Tornado data from 1955-2015 that I'd like to display on a map over time. I found an ArcGIS Online Help article describing how to enable time settings but it has me confused. It says:

  1. Verify that you are signed in to your organization and have privileges to create content and publish hosted feature layers.

  2. Open My Content and open the hosted feature layer with temporal data.

  3. In the Layers section of the page, click the small arrow icon next to the layer where you want to enable time and click Time Settings.

  4. Check the box next to Enable time.

  5. Choose to record the time data as specific events in time or time ranges with a start and end time.

  6. Choose the time field or fields in your data.

I'm having issues with Step 3. When I click the arrow icon next to the layer, there is no option for Time Settings:

no Time Settings option

What am I doing wrong?

  • Can you verify that you have at least one date-time formatted field in that layer?
    – MaryBeth
    Nov 8, 2016 at 21:29
  • @MaryBeth - The data has a column labeled "Date" that is formated like "2001-11-23". Nov 9, 2016 at 13:56

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You enable this on the item details page of the layer.. so in your screenshot click on view item details

then click on time settings here enter image description here

Then you have the modal dialog to configure your time settings enter image description here

  • The Time Settings option isn't there. It goes straight from Export To to Enable Attachments. Does that mean there's something wrong with the data? Nov 9, 2016 at 14:52
  • is there time data in the feature layer? Nov 9, 2016 at 14:59
  • Yes. There's a column labeled "Date" that contains dates in this format: YYYY-MM-DD Nov 9, 2016 at 15:06
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    Just want to double check that the field labeled date is also of date type and not a string field. Nov 9, 2016 at 17:18
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