Daylight Saving Time 2014: Your iPhone or iPad will automatically ‘fall back’ an hour for DST

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It’s November month, time for the Time change itself. It’s that time of the year when you have to set the clocks back by an hour as daylight saving time comes to an end in the U.S. At 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, November 2nd, daylight saving time (DST) will end, giving you an extra hour of sleep. That means you’ll get a bonus hour of light in the morning, heheh .. but lose an hour in the afternoon.

If you’re a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac user, and are wondering if your device will automatically fall back an hour, then the short answer is “Yes”, your device will automatically fall back an hour on their own as long as you have correctly set the timezone (General > Date & Time > Time Zone).
If you’re a long time iOS user then I won’t be surprised you’re worried about the timezone change as there have been bugs in iOS that has resulted in all sorts of issues. The good news is that Apple has fixed most daylight savings related bugs so you should ideally not have an issue this year.

If you’re concerned about iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 introducing bugs, then it should be a little reassuring to note that there were no major issues reported for the daylight savings time change event last week.In case, your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch did not move back by 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.
Let me know how it goes, and if you hit any issues.

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 change in UK and most European countries took place last week, October 26 and in case of countries like Australia and New Zealand it took place on October 5 and September 28 respectively.

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