Apple Alarm Clock Glitch Reappears for British Summer Time

Posted on Mar 27 2011 - 12:33am by Richard Sharp

It seems the age old problems suffered by Apple device owners has reared its ugly head again with many people across the UK facing problems much like the ones reported in the USA when they switched to summer daylight time. British Summer Time (BST) meant clocks went forward one hour on Sunday morning – this has played havoc with the built in Apple alarm clock much like it did in the Autumn. Thankfully there is a simple fix (see subheading below).

The problem

The BST glitch affects all iPhone’s causing them to jump back an hour instead of forward – this could result in you being two hours late for work. A quick illustration;

You’ve set your clock for 7am, your iPhone connects to your network and puts the clock back an hour so it goes off at 6am (yesterdays 7am and today’s 8am) whilst all the other clocks in the land will have gone forward an hour like they should. The problem should actually sort its self out later in the day.

Sounds confusing but not to worry there is a quick fix to avoid this.

The quick fix

Once you notice the clock has gone backwards reboot it by holding down the home and power button simultaneously, once rebooted the network should reprogram the phone with the correct date.

Alternatively if you don’t want to risk a change in the middle of the night simply switch on the airplane mode before going to bed. This cuts all ties to your network rendering an automatic change impossible until you turn airplane mode off.

If this doesn’t work simply go to Settings -> General -> Date & Time -> Set Automatically -> OFF and entering the time zone, date and time. Obviously making sure the time is set correctly ;-).

Have you been affected by the latest bug? Let us know below.

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  1. colin March 28, 2011 at 4:34 am - Reply

    The quick fix doesn't work, it was the first thing I tried
    I have tried resetting the time and date
    and have deleted the set alarm and reset the alarm time
    Nothing made any difference
    This iPhone has been nothing but a series of problems
    I have finally had enough, Its going back contract or no contract

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