Your iPhone should change automatically when the clocks go back for UK 2016 Greenwich Mean Time – but here's what to do if it doesn't work

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There's no need to update the time on your phone - it will happen automatically
There's no need to update the time on your phone - it will happen automatically (Source: Getty)

This Sunday morning, everyone in the UK will get an extra hour in bed. At 2am, the clocks are due to go back an hour, as the country transitions from Daylight Saving Time (DST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

For many of us, this comes with fears of alarms going off an hour early (or not at all), and of turning up to events only to find we have a whole 60 minutes to spare.

If you have an iPhone, there's no need to worry - the internal system is wired to recognise all clock changes and reset itself accordingly. That means there's no need to do anything. You can set your alarm for 9am on Sunday, and it will go off at the correct, adjusted time.

Read more: Does it make financial sense to switch from BST to GMT?

And the same goes for iPads, Macs and the iPod touch. You don't need to do anything to these devices – they'll make the change independently.

With that said, all forms of technology are prone to the occasional hiccup, so if your phone tells you it's midday but the rest of the country thinks it's 11am, here's how you can fix the problem:

1. Check to see that your phone has the most up-to-date version of iOS

2. Then go into settings, select “general” and select “date & time”.

3. When you're inside the time setting, check that you have the right time zone selected. If it isn't the right one, turn off the “set automatically” option, and select the correct time zone manually.

That should sort out any troubles you have, but remember to update it if you go on holiday to anywhere with a different time zone - otherwise you'll be stuck in GMT.

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