Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Daylight Saving Time 2017

British Summer Time

Yes, that’s right, it’s this weekend: the time of year when we all go to bed on a Saturday night asking ourselves “will my smartphone/smartwatch/smart-thingamajig automatically adjust for British Summer Time, or do I need to do it myself?”

Well before you make the mistake of fast forwarding your watch too early or going backwards instead of forwards, here’s all you need to know about tonight’s time shift and what it means for your devices…

Time and place

The clocks go forward in the UK at 1:00am tomorrow morning, Sunday 26th March 2017. Yes, that’s right… this weekend we all lose one hour’s sleep; a frustrating thought, but a small price to pay for the lighter evenings that will follow.

Does my iPhone automatically adjust for daylight saving time?

Yes, it does, as long as it’s set it to do this in your settings. If your iPhone is not set to automatically update the time/date, you’ll have to treat it in the same way as your good ol’ fashioned wrist watch and update the time yourself.

To double check if your iPhone is set to automatically update, go into settings and then click on General. From there, go into Date and Time and make sure that the little green switch is on for automatic updates. Then between your head hitting the pillow and your alarm going off, you’ll automatically be one hour further forward and raring to go for a Sunday that should finish with a lighter evening.

When will the clocks go back again?

Not for a good while; the end of October, to be more precise. For a short time after tomorrow, expect the mornings to feel slightly darker again, but this will soon change as we gradually move ever nearer to the longest day. The lighter evenings mean that you can drive home with the sun in the sky and a smile on your face and remember: now that we are entering into British Summer Time, good weather must surely be on its way… right?

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Daniel Jenkins (@DanWJenkins)

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