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Daylight saving time (DST)—also summer time in British English —is the practice of temporarily advancing clocks so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.

A bug affecting Apple’s handset’s alarm has hit after clocks went back one hour at the weekend.The fault means that although the phone’s clock will automatically step back one hour to account for daylight saving time, the alarm sticks to its previous time.As a result lots of people getting up an hour late. Twitter is full of reports of the bug this morning, and our own Mobile Editor, Matt Brian was affected too.

According to engadget this bug was first spotted when Australia’s clocks changed at the start of October and acknowledged by Apple. It’s a little surprising that no fix was pushed out in the following weeks.

The active solution to this problem, at least till Apple updates iOS, is:

* Duh, set the alarm an hour early, or
* Set the alarm to repeat “everyday” / “never” (both work)

The following alarms are not affected by the bug:

* An alarm that doesn’t repeat (repeat set to “never”)
* An alarm set to repeat “every day”

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  On November 2, 2010(6 years, 7 months ago.)

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28 Responses

  1. Kcm180 Says:

    The bug still affects my alarms set on “Every Day”

    Posted on November 4th, 2010 at 1:53 PM

  2. Kcm180 Says:

    The bug still affects my alarms set on “Every Day”

    Posted on November 4th, 2010 at 1:53 PM

  3. Ty Says:

    Agreed with Kcm180

    Posted on November 5th, 2010 at 12:16 PM

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I love these ‘hot-off-the-press’ emergency-response-team fixes that just DON’T work. I’ve seen dozens of them over the years. The techie brain-surgeons post them, then forget to ever read what the results were. Like nobody ever read or understood Deming’s quality-control principles, and yet NeXT (Jobs) won Japan’s prestigious Deming award, never before won by an American company.

    But I’ll cut to the chase: like others here, I’ve, yes, set it to every day.

    No, it didn’t work. I’ve seen 3-4 other ‘solutions’. I’m happy for those ‘worked-like-a-charm, THANKS!’ type posters (and so is Apple, I’m sure.

    No, I set mine to the month of March (if I recall), which has the same sequence as November. That’s no fix, but I know it will be a long time before a real fix downloads from Apple.

    Otherwise, ‘hold it another way’. Thanks, Steve Jobs. I’ll be shopping for a Blackberry soon. Some people want to get to work on time, and RIM doesn’t sell toys.

    Posted on November 7th, 2010 at 4:47 AM

  5. Sudeep55 Says:

    thanks it helped me

    Posted on January 2nd, 2011 at 9:02 AM

  6. agro Says:

    so. . . how exactly does setting the alarm to “never” help? Doesn’t that mean it will “never” sound!?

    Posted on March 14th, 2011 at 3:08 PM

  7. agro Says:

    . . . and setting it to “every day” didn’t work either – still going off exactly one hour early

    Posted on March 14th, 2011 at 3:10 PM

  8. Akuma_46 Says:

    Both of these solutions do not work for me. I have AT&T. The repeat doesn’t work, neither does the “never” work, neither does it work on any individual day. The only way mine will work is of I adjust my alarm clock time an hour ahead. For example, if I want my alarm to wake me up everyday at 6 a.m. then I need to put my alarm at 7 a.m. that’s the only way, it sux but oh well…

    Posted on March 14th, 2011 at 3:27 PM

  9. Santa Says:


    Posted on March 14th, 2011 at 8:13 PM

  10. Akuma_46 Says:

    I hear you! What I did was set each damn alarm an hour ahead and I’m all confused. I’m definitely not liking this at all…and I have about 6 alarms! One for work, one to call my wife, another for meetings, etc!

    Posted on March 15th, 2011 at 12:32 AM

  11. Edved_17801 Says:

    My windows phone worked fine

    Posted on March 15th, 2011 at 3:20 PM

  12. Marty Fried Says:

    This article is just stupid – there’s a difference between a “fix” and a workaround. I suppose the “fix” for a broken analog clock would be to only look at it twice a day, at the time where it’s stopped.

    PS I’m beginning to think Apple software is also just stupid. I’ve been woken up an hour early twice now. I thought I had fixed it before realizing it was just the recurring alarms that were braindead. The only workaround I see is to set the alarms an hour late. Jesus, so much for Apple’s superior software!

    Posted on March 16th, 2011 at 4:02 PM

  13. Guest Says:

    I just discovered my alarms which I had set were all scheduled to begin 1 hour before I entered them for prior to DST. After trying several of the recommended solutions and nothing fixing these I went in to my settings for my iPhone 3G and discovered that in the Mail, Contacts, Calendars section my Time Zone Support was set to Chicago and I live in Detroit. After I selected the correct time zone support city all my alarms are displaying properly – hoipw this helps those of you who still have an issue.

    Posted on March 17th, 2011 at 2:57 PM

  14. Freindly reply Says:

    Check your Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars to make sure you Calendars Time Zone Support is displaying the correct city/time zone.

    Posted on March 17th, 2011 at 2:59 PM

  15. Friendly guest Says:

    Check your Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars to make sure you Calendars Time Zone Support is displaying the correct city/time zone.

    Posted on March 17th, 2011 at 3:00 PM

  16. Rowler Says:

    Well, my alarms ARE every day alarms, and they will not fire at the right time. I have one at noon and one at 11pm… they fire at 11am and 10pm respectively (in other words they fire at noon and 11pm standard time, not daylight time). I have deleted my alarms and recreated them several times, but they keep firing an hour early.

    Beyond that, the phone speaker stopped working a few weeks ago and I haven’t gotten any updates that require iTunes 10 because apparently Tiger can only run iTunes 9. I’m starting to hate this phone!

    Posted on March 17th, 2011 at 6:45 PM

  17. Rowler Says:

    Here’s an idea… maybe they could have the alarms be triggered by a piece of code that looks something like this:

    if (clock.time == alarm.time) {

    It perplexes me that it can’t just ring when, you know, the displayed clock time is the same as the set alarm time.

    Posted on March 17th, 2011 at 6:47 PM

  18. Ztooch Says:

    Thank you!!!!

    Posted on March 20th, 2011 at 2:09 AM

  19. Eguest Says:

    I tried everything suggested for my iphone 4 ( my old ipod was an easy fix, I just deleted and reset all alarms). I deleted and recreated alarms, powered off, airplane mode on and off – nothing worked until yesterday when I installed 4.3. Now it is operating fine.

    Posted on March 22nd, 2011 at 3:26 AM

  20. Eguest Says:

    Never is located after the word repeat, so it is repeat never. Because this only affects repeat alarms, theoretically at least, switching to repeat never should rectify it, although this has proven untrue.

    Posted on March 22nd, 2011 at 3:30 AM

  21. Eguest Says:

    Time zone had NOTHING to do with mine. I am set properly for NY.

    Posted on March 22nd, 2011 at 3:37 AM

  22. Kaz Says:

    Did i really need to wake an hour early, when will apple get their act together.

    Posted on March 28th, 2011 at 4:42 PM

  23. RGuest Says:

    This is annoying why can’t apple fix this bug?I’m in Australia EST,its changed the time backwards and forwards an hour four times today without me even using the alarm.

    Posted on April 4th, 2011 at 12:27 PM

  24. Wrjpowell Says:

    our’s won’t even work with the suggestion about setting the repeat to never and just repeat one day.. It hasn’t been going off period..

    Posted on April 28th, 2011 at 10:58 AM

  25. Ł. Says:

    I’m in EDT, and we are still in daylight-savings time until this Sunday. All Summer my two everyday-recurring alarms have been working perfectly, until this week, when, on Monday, I noticed the alarm not ringing (I probably overslept the first, hehe!) and, today, the two ringing one hour ahead of their times. I did a test alarm, which I set two non-recurring, but this was not affected and rang on time. It’s interesting that differently recurring alarms are differently affected by the bug and that this is happening ahead of any daylight-saving changes.

    Posted on November 3rd, 2011 at 3:06 AM

  26. Guest Says:

    I noticed this TODAY (March 12, 2012), I was an hour early for two meetings before I noticed.
    Fix: Go to Settings, Mail/Contacts/Calendars, All the way
    at the bottom is a selection for Time Zone Support, it had a GMT-7 (I think).  I am in GMT-8 so I turned it off and change it to Cupertino and now my calendars are right again.

    Posted on March 12th, 2012 at 11:03 PM

  27. Dejesusluisx3 Says:

    I live in an area where there is no daylight saving and all my calendar events went back an hour. Don’t know how to fix it for all, so I had to go one by one changing them. A major flaw of the iphone…

    Posted on March 13th, 2012 at 5:31 PM

  28. benjitek Says:

    I just ran into it this morning when my normal ‘Wake Up’ alarm didn’t sound properly. I woke on my own 30 minutes past the alarm — the alert was on the screen, but there was no sound when it went off. I reset the alarm to a couple minutes later to see if the same thing happened — it did. I deleted the alarm and recreated it and it worked fine.

    Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 3:18 PM

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