Daylight Saving Time: Fall Back vs. Technology Fail


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Fall Back? When the Clocks Don’t Change

Make sure your phone is ready to Fall Back on November 4th! Image by Yuichirock

Not all technology automatically changes the time during Daylight Savings.

Microwave ovens, most digital clocks, and other devices with a clock display typically require a manual change, which means going around the house, changing clocks, and working out which ones have not changed – and remembering each clock in the house!

Not All States Follow DST

The majority of the 50 states follow DST rules, but Arizona and Hawaii do not.

This causes more technology problems, especially for those with computers and smartphones that automatically turn the clocks back, not taking the change in location into consideration.

There are settings within the computers, to shut off the automatic ‘Fall Back’ and ‘Spring Forward’ options, but not only do you need to know how to get there, you also need to remember to actually change the settings. The good news is that you only need to make this change once and the device will save your settings for all future time changes.

Fall Back Without Tech Fail

Daylight Savings Time offers the benefit of lighter evenings in the summer months, but don’t forget about the many potential tech-fails that could take place. Be aware of your device settings, and which will Fall Back automatically – don’t get stuck being late or early just because you don’t know which clock is right!


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Aldrich, B. Daylights Savings Time: Its History and Why We Use It. California Energy Commission. Accessed October 28, 2012

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