Why is the time on my phone off by an hour?
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I'm in St Louis, MO and the time on my phone is off by an hour (i't's 10:52am and it shows 9:52am).  Did Sprint accidentally push out the daylight saving time one week early?

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  • Doug, I'm going to have to look into this a little more and get back to you.

    I've read of a few different ways that the time can be set on a phone nowadays, however, I can't find any way to change how the time is set on the Optimus.

    Let me get back to you, please.

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  • This morning when I woke up at 7:00 am, the time on my phone (LG Optimus S) was also off by an hour. It was like my phone thought Daylight Saving Time ended last night instead of next weekend. I didn't touch anything, and by about 11:00 in the morning, the time on my phone had corrected itself.

    What controls the Daylight Saving Time change on my phone? Is it the local Android system? Is it TIng? Is it Sprint? I am inclined to think that the network changed the time on my phone because it changed back automatically later in the day.

    If it matters, I live in Texas, and the exact same thing happened to my wife's phone. She also has an LG Optimus S. There is no (obvious) way to manually set the time or even the time zone on this phone.

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  • Well, there seems to be some indication on Twitter that Sprint pulled the DST switch accidentally this morning: https://twitter.com/search?q=sprint%20daylight%20savings%20time

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  • Thanks for the link William!

    Hopefully if this auto-corrected for you, it will be doing the same thing for everyone.

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  • I have been having this issue (iPhone SE showing an hour earlier, even my calendar entries and alarms), seemingly every week at least once per week in the evening, for the last couple of months. It also started happening every other day this week in the morning. It auto-corrects eventually, but it's quite annoying. I've almost missed meetings and other events. Any ideas why so frequent, and just...why?

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  • If your phone is set to automatically get time from the network, it trusts that implicitly, including any changes. If the time on the tower is wrong, the time on your phone will be wrong. This is especially true if you leave near a time zone border, as your phone might roam between towers.

    You can turn off the automatic time setting to ignore those changes, but you'll have to remember to change it when Daylight Savings begins and ends. It should be Settings > General > Date & Time

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  • Thanks for the help. FYI I live in Omaha, NE; which is smack dab in the middle of the Central Timezone; and I am up to date with iOS 13. So this is a tower issue, and not a software issue, correct?

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  • Very likely. I don't have this issue on my iPhone SE despite using the automatic time setting, and I'm similarly solidly in the Central time zone.

    Chalk it up to computers thinking they're smarter than we are, disable the automatic update and check back in a month or so. These kinds of issues rarely go unnoticed for too long.

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  • Thanks!

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