from some digging I understand by default Elementary OS uses pantheon-greeter which uses LightDM.

Is there a way to hide the time and date display on the login screen?

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No, the time and date are hardcoded into the greeter

  • Too bad, but thank you.
    – 0skar
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 13:36

if you feel like getting dirty with code, you can remove it yourself as it's actually pretty straightforward (it only took me 25 min because I didn't realize we can ignore a libmutter dependency message)

assuming you have git setup, clone the greeter component:

git clone https://github.com/elementary/greeter

as of 5.1 (Hera), comment out in src/Widgets/DataTimeWidget.vala:

//        add (time_label);
//        add (date_label);

follow these instructions to compile and install changes to Elementary.

now your flow is no longer interrupted by time staring you in the face :)

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