Automatically set daylight saving time and winter time on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch

This weekend the clock will move forward one hour because summer time has come again, on March 28 the clock will move forward another hour. But does your iPhone , Apple Watch , iPad , HomePod or Mac actually automatically go along with it? Is the time correct on your iPhone in the morning or does the alarm go off on time?

The solution is quite simple, by default the time will automatically adjust. Please note that several options must be activated.

Automatically adjust winter time or daylight saving time

  • Open Settings
  • Navigate to General
  • Tap ‘Date & Time’
  • Enable the option ‘Set automatically’
  • If necessary, select your own time zone at ‘Time zone’

In addition, you must also enable the option ‘Set time zone’ under Settings ▸ Privacy ▸ Location services ▸ System ▸.

Anyone who has an Apple Watch will also automatically adjust the time, because the Apple Watch uses the iPhone as a data source, so also for the time.

Set winter and daylight saving time on Mac and HomePod

Like the iPhone and iPad, the Mac and HomePod will use the Internet and your location to set winter and daylight saving time correctly. For the HomePod, you do this via the Home app ▸ Home ▸ open the settings for HomePod ▸ Details ▸ enable ‘Location services’.

On a Mac you can activate this via  ▸ System Preferences ▸ Date and Time ▸ Tick the option ‘Set date and time automatically’ and choose Apple Europe. Then choose ‘Time zone’ and enable the option ‘Set time zone automatically based on current location’.

To be on the safe side, use timers

If you have to get up on Sunday and you use your iPhone’s alarm clock, you might be better off going for a timer. In the past, iOS has had problems with winter and summer time before. That is why it is best to set a timer just before you go to sleep. Count the hours and minutes (including summer or winter time) to the hour you have to get up and start the timer. This way you can be sure that you will be woken up, you can set timers via the Clock app.

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