On Sunday, November 7, at 1:00 a.m. local time, the clock on all smartphones on the planet will adjust – or not adjust – for daylight saving time based on the time observed in your region, without having to tap your finger.
Daylight saving time is practiced in most countries in Europe, North America, and parts of Asia, South America, and Oceania. For regions that observe daylight saving time, this involves moving the clocks forward one hour during the hottest summer and fall months to give people more hours of daylight. The clocks are set to “go forward” in the spring and “go back” in the fall by one hour to return to standard time.
In the past, when we didn’t have smart devices that could do the work for us, we had to remember to change the clocks ourselves – or find out the hard way. Of course, with wall clocks not connected to the internet, oven clocks, and some car clocks, you will still have to do this job.
Most smartphone clocks automatically adjust if your software is up to date. If you’ve already changed the settings and changed the default date or time, you might need to update your clock yourself after daylight saving time ends.
If you have an iPhone, go to Settings> Date and time and activate Set automatically.
With Android, go to Settings> System> Date and time and activate Set automatically.
Is this system infallible? Not entirely. If there’s technology, there are bugs, and smartphone users in Canada woke up last week to find that daylight saving time had arrived a week earlier. Users have reported complaints and confusion regarding the time change on various phones, including iOS and Android.
The same problem also surfaced in the UK and Europe over the past weekend. And it wasn’t the first time, as the iPhone has experienced sporadic issues with the time change since 2010. So it never hurts to check if you have any doubts.
If you find any persistent errors, turn off and restart your phone, then go to Airplane mode and turn it on and off. This should fix the problem once and for all – at least until next spring.