Time change 2022 summer time: does the time adjust itself on the mobile, smartwatch, …?

In just a few days we will start the Spring of 2022, and this change of season means that beforehand we do the eternal procedure that many people still do not see the point of: it is time to move the hands forward, and therefore sleep one hour less; in Autumn it’s time to delay it, and recover that hour of sleep that they took away from us months before.

It is called summer time or daylight savings time, established by a European directive with the purpose of take better advantage of the hours of sunlight, which results in lower electricity consumption. Being in spring, the early morning from today Saturday to Sunday will have to advance the time, and at 2 am it will be 3 am.

Time change 2022

Most EU Member States have a long tradition of summer time, which can be traced back to the oil crisis of the 1970s, or even to the First or Second World War. At the time, the provisions on summer time were primarily aimed at saving energy. However, there were also other objectives such as road safety, the increase in leisure opportunities derived from the extension of the working hours or, simply, the adaptation to the practices of neighboring countries or of the main commercial partners.

It should also be noted that daylight availability varies depending on the geographical location of the EU Member States. Throughout the year, northern Member States such as Finland experience a significant change in daylight availability, characterized by winters with few daylight hours and bright summers with short nights.

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Make better use of light and resources

In the southernmost Member States, the division between daytime and nighttime hardly changes during the year. This element is a major factor in the annual tirade as to whether or not this practice should be continued.

The time change problem? That twice a year we must adjust the biorhythm because even if it is simply 1 hour more or 1 hour less, things like the timing of meals or sleep completely unbalance us. Tonight, from March 26 to 27, the time will officially change and at 2 in the morning it will be 3, moving forward 1 hour. But what about all the electronic gadgets we have at home? Will they adjust on their own? Do we have to adjust them ourselves?


The advantage of your mobile is that you do not have to make manual adjustments of any kind because the time change comes assigned by the mobile network itself. Just like when we travel to a foreign country and notice when we arrive that the phone connects to the local network and shows us the local time of the country, tomorrow when we wake up the phone clock will be set, and the time it shows will be the correct time -despite the fact that the wristwatch you wear and have not yet adjusted says otherwise.

imported mobiles

And if you don’t do it over the mobile network, it will do so as soon as you connect via Wi-Fi or data to the Internet. However, one piece of advice: if your smartphone is imported and we have, for example, an iPhone that we bought in the United States or a Xiaomi that comes from Japan, check that the change has been made.

  • On an iPhone: If you have an iPhone, go to Settings > Date & Time and turn on the Set Automatically option.
  • On an Android mobile As a Pixel, go to Settings > System > Date & time and turn on Set automatically.
  • On a Samsung mobile, the process is a bit different, but it’s still simple. Go to Settings > General management > Date & time, and make sure Automatic date & time is turned on


In the case of wearables such as smart watches, you have to be careful, since we are talking about devices that are synchronized with the smartphone. Therefore, to make sure that it shows the correct time, all you have to do is synchronize them via Bluetooth with your mobile, which will save you having to go into the clock settings to do it manually.

Computers and Laptops

In the case of PCs there will be no need to worryas systems such as Windows, MacOS or Linux automatically adjust to the prevailing time. In fact, Windows usually warns with notifications in the space of your clock and the date to warn that the time will soon be changed. Therefore, when we turn them on we will see that they are already adjusted and synchronized with winter time.

game consoles

Yes, for several generations of systems, both portable and desktop consoles have shown the time. In the case of the Sony PS4, as we see in your guide is “automatically adjusts for daylight saving time”, even though “This setting is only available if in the region set to [Zona horaria] daylight saving time applies”. If we have it disconnected, when logging online with the console, this will be adjusted to the schedule that the Internet marksand therefore will be the winter.

Microsoft’s Xboxes and Nintendo consoles such as Nintendo Switch or 3DS the same, in their configuration options have the Daylight Saving Time box. Marking it saves us the manual configuration.

The last definitive time change already, or for 2023?

In 2019 the European Union suddenly announced that the dreaded time change was already numbered. And it is that its elimination was going to take place in 2021 -if it is delayed it would only be until 2022-, so last year we were in theory facing the last time change. But of course, this measure was adopted before the entire world was paralyzed by Covid-19, so it will surely be adopted this year, or perhaps in 2023 at the latest.

The European Party supported andl end seasonal time change in the EU from 2021, allowing each country to choose whether it wants to maintain summer or winter time. And when it does, the final schedule will be in the hands of each EU country, although don’t worry, because it will simply be if they want to have one hour more or one hour less with respect to the rest.