What Day Is It, Why Is It Done, And What Happens To Your Devices

What Day Is It, Why Is It Done, And What Happens To Your Devices

We are going to give you all the information about the next winter time change of 2022. As always happens twice a year, at the end of October we will have to change the time again, and we will acquire a new schedule that we will keep until next spring. It will be what is called wintertime.

And since this is Xataka Basics, we are going to take the opportunity to tell you why and what day the changes are made. In addition, we will also tell you what you need to know about changing the time on your devices, although luckily in many cases you will not need to do anything.

What day does the time change apply?

The winter time change for 2022 will take place in the early morning of October 29-30. As always, this will coincide on the night of Saturday and Sunday, something that will help make it less disruptive.

As for the change, at 3 in the morning, it will become 2, just the opposite of what we live in in summer. With this, we know that that night from Saturday to Sunday will have one more hour, so you can sleep a little more than normal.

This also means that sunrise and sunset will be an hour earlier. Indeed, the hours of sunrise and sunset evolve naturally throughout the year, but if on October 29 it was dawning at half past seven, then it will start to do so an hour earlier again.

Why is the time changed?

The time change is done to optimize energy efficiency and take more advantage of the hours of the sun. It was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 and championed by George Hudson in the late 19th century. However, the first time it was applied was on April 20, 1916, when Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire decided to implement it in the middle of the First World War.

Among some of its supposed benefits is that we, as people, make better use of light. For example, if in summer you work from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., when you finish your day you will still be able to enjoy several hours of daylight, and supposedly this will give you a little more happiness.

In addition, another of the arguments used is energy saving, with the idea that having more hours of natural light during working days, less electricity, and less lighting will be used in companies. However, this supposed energy saving is highly questioned today.

With all this, in the end, what we are left with is a habit of changing the time twice a year, and despite the many debates that have taken place in this regard, it does not seem that we are going to stop doing it in the short term.

Time changes and your devices

Almost all devices connected to the Internet will change the time automatically, without you having to do anything. This means that your computer, laptop, mobile phone, smartwatch, tablet, or smart speaker devices will surely do it by themselves as soon as they connect to the Internet after the change. Come on, if you use your mobile or watch as an alarm clock, or you do it with your smart speaker, you won’t have to worry about anything.

However, you should be careful with non-connected devices, those that we could refer to as “non-smart” devices. Your oven, your refrigerator, the timer of your air conditioning, or the alarm clock on your bedside table may not change the time, since they will not detect it through the Internet. You will have to do it by hand.

In summary, if your devices are connected, or if you have smart devices centralized on your mobile or another similar device, you will not have any problem with the time change. Even if you have an alarm clock set on the 30th, the time will be changed during the early morning and the alarm will go off at the already updated time.

Finally, another notice, and that is that you will need to have your devices configured in European time for the change to be made. The devices recognize these changes in each country, so if, for example, you have it on American time, it will not change the time if it is not changed there, and it would stick to that time.