Has Your iPhone Clock Automatically Moved Forward By An Hour For Daylight Saving Time (DST)?

iPhone Clock

It’s that time of the year when you have to set the clocks forward for daylight saving time in the U.S.

At 2 a.m. local time today, daylight saving time (DST) arrived with the promise to give you an extra hour of evening light.

If you’re a new iOS or Mac user, then your devices will automatically spring forward by an hour. You don’t need to manually set the time forward as long as you have correctly set the timezone.

In case, your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch did not move forward an hour automatically, then you need to check the following:

  • Ensure that Location Services for “Setting Time Zone” has been enabled (Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> System Services > Setting Time Zone). You may have disabled it to improve battery life. If it was not enabled, then enable it and reboot your device.
  • Your iOS device is on iOS 5 or later.
  • You iOS device is not in airplane mode. If it was in Airplane mode, turn it off and reboot your device.

Let me know if your iOS device moved forward by an hour correctly today.

Note: Some places in the U.S. don’t observe daylight saving time. Those include Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas. The daylight saving time in UK and most European countries will start on March 31th and in case of Australia and New Zealand the clock actually moves back by an hour on April 7th.

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  • C, N

    In Australia it moves back to standard time on April 7th, not to Daylight Savings Time, same in NZ.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Oh yeah, forgot about it. I have updated the post. Thanks for pointing it out.

      • Pineda

        Mine has changed even with time zone and location disabled

  • http://www.facebook.com/THExREALxTACO Jeremy Taco Patterson

    Mine changed from 1:59 to 3:00.

    iPhone 5, jailbroken, set to detect DST.

  • Craig

    Here in the UK with have another 3 weeks to go.

  • Steveo

    I changed mine to manual & manually moved the clock forward an hour to make sure I got up at the right time for work. Then it still moved forward another hour during the night. Messed me up, but just caused me to wake up an hour early. I was very sleepy & confused.

  • Bear

    iPhone 4, Verizon. Didn’t change by 11:00 AM EDST. All settings were correct per your page. I went in to Settings > General > Date & Time, and just for laughs turned off Set Automatically and turned it back on. The time immediately jumped forward to the correct time. Unacceptable!

    • SammyBoi

      Same thing with my 4s, sprint. The timezone was set to etc/-5, and when I re-enabled it, it went to New York. Strange Indeed.

  • steven

    Mine moved an hour ahead even though timezone location is off, and i live in arizona. I got up for work an hour early, then while leaving i checked my phone and it turned to the same time it was an hour ago…

  • http://twitter.com/Canofminus Michael

    iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPad 3 all changed. Alarm on iPhone 5 went off with issue (which used to be the issue with previous phones).